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Have any screen actors engaged in major real life events on camera to add depth to their performances?

Asked by Feral_Shade (7points) 1 month ago
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Specifically, has there ever been a screen actor that portrayed childbirth by actually giving birth?

…or has there ever been an actor that portrayed a character dying by actually dying?

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filmfann's avatar

While performing his play “The Second Greatest Entertainer In The World”, Dick Shawn collapsed onstage, as planned, leading into intermission. He did this at evey performance, and always remained onstage in his collapsed position. During his final performance, everything seemed normal, until the 2nd act began, when he did not spring up. He died after the collapse.

filmfann's avatar

On film, Brandon Lee’s character in The Crow is shot dead. During the filming of that scene, a misloaded gun firing a “blank” killed him.

kneesox's avatar

Didn’t some tv series character from years ago actually give birth in one episode?

ucancallme_Al's avatar

Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot.
He remained in his wheelchair throughout filming, even when cameras weren’t rolling, suffering two broken ribs in the process.

Christian Bale’s staggering weight loss, on his own initiative, from The Machinist, deserves mention.

seawulf575's avatar

When Gwyneth Paltrow was making Shallow Hal she used the “fat suit” she had to wear for filming out into public. She was astounded at how people treated her.

rockfan's avatar

Leonardo DiCaprio prepared for his role in The Revenant by sleeping in dead animal carcasses. I think doing something as extreme as that definitely helped his character have a real sense of anxiety and determination to want to survive his surroundings

kruger_d's avatar

Steve Carrell got waxed on camera. “Kelly Clarkson!”

Dutchess_III's avatar

Tom Hanks lost tons of weight for his role in Cast Away. He gained it back. He credits that for the diabetes he has now.

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