8 Famous Movie Scenes You Didn't Know Were Stupidly Hard To Film

How hard is it to walk through a doorway? For Tom Cruise it was mission: impossible.

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Despite what your favorite, malcontented blogger or film critic might tell you, making movies isn't easy. Moviemaking is an extremely tedious process that requires an otherworldly amount of focus, organization, and an ability to repeat the exact same line or action dozens of times without losing your !*$% mind.

Most of us probably picture the filming of a scene to go something like this: Actor 1 says their line, Actor 2 reacts, Actor 1 makes a dramatic exit, and the director says cut. Then they all go to their trailers and have sex with their gold-plated prostitutes.

And sure, some productions might actually be that way. But not all directors are quite so free-wheelin' in their process. Some aren't satisfied with a "good" performance; they demand perfection. And that's understandable. After all, they're sinking months or even years into a project, and they don't want potential mediocrity following them around for the rest of their professional lives.

But what happens when they take their quest for perfection a little too far? Well, sometimes they spend an entire day's worth of filming trying to get a flawless shot of their lead actor performing a menial task...

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