It's not necessarily uncommon for an artist to not enjoy their own work. But sometimes it runs deeper than that. With some artists, there is a fear of seeing what they've created. The reasons for this fear vary, but it exists, and that's worth talking about. In Hollywood, the artists are no different from the rest of the world, except that once their art leaves their hands, it is no longer really theirs anymore. The way it's positioned, framed and complemented on screen is not up to them, well, most of them anyways. This likely adds to the feeling of dread when it comes to seeing your own work. But hold on. We're not only speaking of metaphorical fear either.
Have you ever wondered if actors in horror movies fear their own films? Well, the answer is almost always a resounding no. Being there during the filming, behind-the-scenes or before-the-magic, however you want to look at it, eliminates almost any feelings of realism attached to the film for the actor. But the key word here is almost. There certainly are cases where actors are afraid of their own movies, or, were at one point. Take Connie Britton, for example, the actress who played Vivien Harmon in American Horror Story (season one). Britton was too afraid to sit through American Horror Story so she just didn't see it, and she's not alone in those feelings towards her own work. There are several examples out there of actors being scared of their own films, for so many different reasons. Let's count down the highest profile examples of these weird little quirks. Here are 15 stars who are afraid of their own movies.
15 Kyle Richards – Halloween
14 Ned Beatty – Deliverance
If you've seen Deliverance, you know there's one scene in particular that everyone always talks about. It's disgusting and perhaps the scariest thing on film. Well, apparently Ned Beatty, the poor guy who is the victim in that horrific scene, was just as scared filming as we are watching.
13 Ellen Burstyn and More - The Exorcist
12 Johnny Depp - Everything
11 John Cusack – Better off Dead
10 Andrew Lincoln - Everything
9 Tippi Hedren – Birds
8 Andrew Garfield - Everything
7 Sigourney Weaver – Alien
6 Carrie Henn – Aliens
5 Kate Winslet – Titanic
4 Tom Hanks - Everything
3 Francis O'Connor – The Conjuring 2
2 Christopher Plummer - The Sound of Music
1 Janet Leigh – Psycho
A lot has been said of Janet Leigh and her lifelong fears that she developed while filming Alfred Hitchcock's classic film, Psycho, but it’s such a part of movie history that we have to give it its due. After filming the iconic shower scene, Leigh was traumatized by it all, and seeing it on film certainly didn’t help the situation. After completing the film, her life was changed forever: "I stopped taking showers and I take baths, only baths," she said. Even staying in hotels or at an unfamiliar place became uneasy territory for the actress: "I make sure the doors and windows of the house are locked, and I leave the bathroom door open and shower curtain open. I'm always facing the door, watching, no matter where the shower head is."
Sources: TheChive; DailyNewsDig; MentalFloss
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