Actors Who Take Their Roles Too Seriously

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 5 years ago '09        #1
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http://movies.answers.com/movie-stars/6-actors-who-might-have-gone-too-method

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Daniel Day Lewis

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Probably the most notorious method actor out there today, every time Day Lewis steps onto a set something crazy is bound to happen. A strict adherent to his techniques, once Day Lewis is in character he refuses to break it, while on or off set. While filming his most recent movie "Lincoln", he consistently signed his texts 'A' for Abraham and read over 100 books on the man's life. While playing a paralyzed character in "My Left Foot," Day Lewis never left his wheelchair while on set, forcing frustrated crewmembers to lift him over obstacles.



Christian Bale

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Not only did Bale blame his now infamous recorded outburst on the set of "Terminator: Salvation" on getting too into the character of John Connor, but he really took things to the extreme while filming "The Machinist." To get into the mindset of the starving protagonist with chronic insomnia, he dropped over 60 pounds. His weight loss only stopped because doctors told him it was unsafe to lose any more, as he was subsisting only on canned tuna and apples. Bale immediately had to gain it all back anyway to play the bulky Bruce Wayne in "Batman Begins." Talk about commitment.



Robert de Niro

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A strong proponent of method acting, De Niro does whatever he can to get the best acting out of himself, and his co-stars. This includes harshly insulting other actors on set so that they can get angry enough for a scene. Additionally, for his part in critically acclaimed film 'Taxi Driver," De Niro actually worked 12 hour shifts in a taxicab for a month to get into the mindset and isolation of the job. To play ex-rapist Max Cady in "Cape Fear," De Niro paid a dentist to file down his teeth to make them look suitably decayed, and then paid even more money to have them fixed again.




Jim Carrey

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On the set of 1999 movie "Man on the Moon," which details the life of comedian Andy Kaufman, Jim Carrey refused to ever break character. He would not respond to any other actors or crewmembers unless they called him Andy or Tony, disrupting filming and annoying several people working on the movie. Eventually, Carrey got so into the role that he developed specific tics and movements that Kaufman possessed, although they weren't scripted. Seems like a whole lot of work for a movie that wasn't too well received, although Carrey was awarded a Golden Globe for the performance.




Heath Ledger

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It's no surprise that Heath Ledger received enormous amounts of praise and a posthumous Oscar for his performance as The Joker in "The Dark Knight," considering the work he put into it. He isolated himself in his apartment for a full month, developing paranoia and insomnia along the way, sometimes sleeping as little as two hours a night. He also kept an in-character journal as The Joker, filling it with crazed writings. Some speculate that Heath's commitment to the career-defining role was what led him to sleeping pills and the eventual overdose that caused his tragic death.




Joaquin Phoenix

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The only person who possibly could've ended this list, Phoenix fooled pretty much everyone with his method techniques. The Casey Affleck directed mockumentary "I'm Still Here" followed a fictional Joaquin as he retired from the acting world to pursue a rap career, and Phoenix entered the role completely. To explore the relationship between media and the public, Phoenix appeared on "The Late Show With David Letterman" in 2008 to promote a different film. He showed up unshaven and incoherent, expressing his desire to move into hip-hop. Although some speculated that the appearance (and others Joaquin made later) was a hoax, many truly believed that the actor had gone psychotic, and the truth was not revealed until Affleck announced the mockumentary and its purpose in 2010.


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30 comments for "Actors Who Take Their Roles Too Seriously"

 5 years ago '12        #2
iBoxden 27 heat pts27
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that pic not even from when Christian Bale was he was in The Machinist. that's from The f!ghter. which he took that role serious but probably one of his best roles.
 5 years ago '11        #3
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Bale in The Machinist looked crazy skinny!! I enjoyed the film as well. Day Lewis is the Best loved Gangs of New York (shout to Leo) and The Joker is the greatest villain I've ever seen portrayed on film....Ever
 5 years ago '06        #4
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so this is basically a method actor list?
 5 years ago '04        #5
joe 
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Where is AL Pacino? The best actor of all time....
 5 years ago '11        #6
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 joe said:
Where is AL Pacino? The best actor of all time....
because he's not a method actor great actor not a method one

Christian Bale devoted to his craft that's why and all the others on this list.

but no Johnny Depp this list lose points because of that...one of the best Method actors of our time...would Heath Ledger would have being on there if he didn't do the joker.
 5 years ago '08        #7
904Nole 1 heat pts
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No coincidence that these men are all fantastic actors
 5 years ago '08        #8
Soda Pop 7 heat pts
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great list I have a lot of respect for these guys because they're all crazy as fu*k.
 08-08-2013, 08:22 PM         #9
Tempus # 1 
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If I was making 20 million dollars a movie I would be taking the sh*t too seriously too
 5 years ago '12        #10
Hazi 12 heat pts12
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They're all great actors tho. Carrey fell off but other than that
 5 years ago '12        #11
bezngga1982 51 heat pts51
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word to bale, my n*gga


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 5 years ago '12        #12
ThePainkiller 356 heat pts356
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There's a story about Jim when he was playing the Grinch. When he got into the suit, he actually turned into a evil mother fu*ker.
 5 years ago '04        #13
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jim carrey is one of my favorite actors ever, but i never knew he was a method actor. i'd love to hang out with him while he was making dumb and dumber or ace ventura haha
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 Tempus # 1 said:
If I was making 20 million dollars a movie I would be taking the sh*t too seriously too
ya dig
 08-08-2013, 09:04 PM         #15
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i don't think it's possible to take roles too seriously
the more these actors invest in their role the better the performance
if they want to do crazy sh*t to stay in character more power to them
 5 years ago '10        #16
LORD PLISSKEN 15 heat pts15
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 bezngga1982 said:
word to bale, my n*gga


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The goat
 5 years ago '10        #17
MANNYSOSA 17 heat pts17
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i dont like him but sean penn needs to be on this list ... he is the craziest
 5 years ago '11        #18
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 bezngga1982 said:
word to bale, my n*gga


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To this....


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 08-08-2013, 10:17 PM         #19
cheguevara 
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 bezngga1982 said:
word to bale, my n*gga


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 08-08-2013, 10:22 PM         #20
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Jim k!lled that Kaufman Biopic. A very overlooked Actor cause of a couple bad movie choices.

What Bale does is just insane though, keep paying that man.
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