Be aware to self: by no means, ever go to a horror film set.

From skyscraper-height gorillas to shark-infested tornadoes, the movie trade certainly has served us quite a lot of wild tales. Nevertheless, typically, the wildest Hollywood tales come from behind the scenes.

Listed below are 16 of the wildest experiences actors and crew had on set:


In an effort to make it via the day by day eight-hour make-up session it took to remodel him into the titular character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jim Carrey was educated by a person who teaches CIA operatives methods to endure torture.

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On The Graham Norton Present, he stated, “[The makeup application] was like being buried alive every day. On the primary day, I went again to my trailer, put my leg via the wall, and advised [director] Ron Howard I couldn’t do the film.”


The Tunisian authorities requested George Lucas to maneuver his Sandcrawler away from the Libyan border throughout the filming of Star Wars: A New Hope as a result of Libya mistook it for a military car and threatened navy motion.

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Within the movie, the Sandcrawlers weren’t navy automobiles in any respect.


Isla Fisher nearly drowned when her launch chain obtained caught on her costume throughout a magic trick scene in Now You See Me.

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On Chelsea These days, she stated, “Everybody thought I used to be performing fabulously…nobody realized I used to be really struggling.”


Throughout a battle scene in Ben-Hur, an additional fell right into a pond that had been dyed blue, and MGM saved him on its payroll till the dye wore off of him.

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The pond water had been dyed as a result of manufacturing wasn’t pleased with the pond’s pure murky brown coloration.


A majority of the Titanic forged and crew had been poisoned with PCP-spiked clam chowder, so that they had been all rushed to the hospital at 1 a.m.

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Crew member Marilyn McAvoy advised Vice, “Nothing was ever formally decided, so far as I do know. Among the many crew, there have been rumors that it had been a disgruntled chef that had been let go, however nothing ever got here of that.”


When Benedict Cumberbatch and his associates’ tire blew out on the best way again to the To the Ends of the Earth set, they had been kidnapped at gunpoint earlier than being left in the midst of nowhere.

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He advised the Hollywood Reporter, “They had been like: ‘Look down! Look down! Put your fingers in your heads! Have a look at the ground!’ And so they began frisking us and stated: ‘The place’s your cash? The place’s your medication?’ — we had smoked a little bit of weed — ‘The place are your weapons?’ And at that time, this adrenaline of combat or flight simply exploded in my physique.”


Whereas Melissa George was filming in a boathouse for The Amityville Horror (2005), native police arrived to tell the manufacturing {that a} useless physique had been discovered floating close by.


Whereas filming the Depraved Witch of the West’s smoke-filled exit from Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz, actor Margaret Hamilton suffered burns on her fingers and face.

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Following the incident, she stated, “I received’t sue as a result of I understand how this enterprise works, and I’d by no means work once more. I’ll return to work [on] one situation — no extra fireworks!”


Whereas filming The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Jennifer Carpenter’s radio constantly turned on in the midst of the evening and performed the phrases “I am nonetheless alive” again and again.

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Her costar Laura Linney’s radio additionally turned on thrice throughout filming.


Police confirmed up on the set of Apocalypse Now within the Philippines and took everybody’s passports after discovering they had been utilizing unidentified our bodies bought from a grave robber as props.

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Co-producer Grey Frederickson advised the Unbiased, “They did not know we hadn’t killed these individuals as a result of the our bodies had been unidentified. I used to be fairly rattling frightened for just a few days. However they obtained to the reality and put the man in jail.” After troopers eliminated the our bodies, the movie used extras as an alternative.


JoBeth Williams unknowingly filmed a Poltergeist scene in a pool stuffed with actual skeletons as a result of manufacturing deemed faux ones “too costly.”

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She advised TV Land, “I used to be in mud and goop all day day-after-day for like 4 or 5 days with skeletons throughout me [as I was] screaming. In my innocence and naiveté, I assumed that these weren’t actual skeletons.”


After The Possession wrapped, the prop storage constructing burned down, destroying the imitation demon-possessed dybbuk field the film centered on.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who performed Clyde, advised the Hollywood Reporter, “It was investigated, and there have been no indicators of arson, no electrical fireplace.”


Whereas filming the Sermon on the Mount scene in The Ardour of the Christ, Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning.

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He stated, “About 4 seconds earlier than it occurred, it was quiet, after which it was like somebody slapped my ears. I had seven or eight seconds of, like, a pink, fuzzy coloration, and folks began screaming.”


After discovering out lead actor Malcolm McDowell was scared of snakes, director Stanley Kubrick launched the character Basil, a boa constrictor, to A Clockwork Orange.

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Malcolm advised IGN, “I put that snake within the drawer beneath my mattress, and once I opened the drawer to take him out, the snake wasn’t there. You have got by no means seen a room clear so quick. The crew, the wimps that they had been, Kubrick included, ran for it.”


Whereas taking part in Chewbacca in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Peter Mayhew needed to be escorted via the Pacific Northwest by crew members in brightly coloured vests in order that different individuals would not mistake him for Bigfoot and shoot him.

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He was warned to not stroll off set in costume.


And eventually, Michael Imperioli reduce his hand on damaged glass on the Goodfellas set and was rushed to the hospital, however the ER medical doctors rushed to deal with the faux bullet wounds from the demise scene he’d been filming as an alternative.

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The incident occured after he insisted on doing his personal stunt for the shot, which made it into the ultimate reduce of the movie.