8. Stanley Kubrick Really Hated How Tom Cruise Walked Through Doorways
You know how, in your daily life, you walk through a fair amount of doorways? And...well, that's it? Now imagine someone standing on the other side of that doorway screaming at you to "Do it better!" every time you pass through it. That should give you a general idea of what it's like to be an actor in a Stanley Kubrick film. It was also Tom Cruise's actual experience on the set of Kubrick's lukewarm opus, Eyes Wide Shut.
The notoriously testy director is infamous for breaking his actors down with an obscene amount of retakes because he believes that mental exhaustion is the only way to get a realistic performance from his overpaid, celebrity puppets. And hey, you can't argue with the results it produced in The Shining. (Which, don't worry, we'll get to later.)
But what the hell was so special about a five second shot of Cruise walking through a door that it required 95 takes? Yeah, that's right. Just a handful shy of a cool hundred takes just to get one of the most famous actors in the world to stride through a doorway in a manner that Kubrick could tolerate. And you have to give Cruise some credit for never once complaining about the sheer ridiculousness of that scenario.
That madness wasn't an isolated incident, either. Production for Eyes Wide Shut went way over schedule and resulted in 15 total months of filming, which actually broke the Guinness World Record for longest continual film shoot. Maybe if the set design had included fewer doorways...