10 Biggest Movie Set Meltdowns Ever

6. Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now)

Apocalypse Now Martin Sheen
United Artists

When actors fly off the handle on a movie set, the incident rarely makes it into the final cut, but Martin Sheen's moment of insanity during the development of Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam war classic Apocalypse Now is a rare exception.

Sheen was having a tough time in his personal life while shooting the movie. He was battling alcohol addiction at the time, but that turned out to be weirdly beneficial when Coppola was putting this particular scene together.

The actor got wasted and broke down while shooting the scene in the hotel room. Sheen started sobbing uncontrollably and thrashed around, shattering a mirror and cutting his thumb on a broken shard. Understandably the crew were freaked out and ready to abandon the shoot, but Sheen urged them to keep the cameras rolling.

The result was one of the most convincing freak-out scenes you'll ever see.


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