We’ve all heard the stories - whether
it’s screen legend Daniel Day Lewis spending months in character as Abraham
Lincoln for beloved director Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln, or at-best-inconsistent
talent Jared Leto drinking olive oil to pack on the pounds and play John Lennon
assassin Mark Chapman in the forgotten flop Chapter 27, actors put themselves through
all manner of hell for a wide variety of roles.
Method acting as a
process asks a lot of its devotees, not least the ability to stay in character
long after the cameras have stopped rolling and they run the risk of being dubbed
“w***y and pretentious”, as Outlaw King star Chris Pine once put it, by
co-workers and crew alike.
Sometimes the process
pays off big with performances lauded by critics, and sometimes merely
committing to the bit isn’t enough to salvage a boring story or a sloppy screenplay
and it’s all for naught. In any case, here are ten times that actors took their
life in their hands - and in some cases, put the safety of those surrounding them
in peril - via their insane commitment to method acting.