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15 Actors’ Reactions To Reading Their Scripts

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15 Actors’ Reactions To Reading Their Scripts

Hollywood has shaped our lives for generations, and over the course of more than 100 years, it has settled into becoming the foundation of our Western culture; a benchmark for people’s lives and memories. With the inception of TV, people are able to experience the full thrill of seeing famous people and their beloved shows in their own living rooms.

More than 60 years after television became a staple of family life and popular culture, TV shows and movies are available at the touch of a button and the swipe of a screen. Anyone can watch what they want anywhere at any time, meaning people’s fandoms have gone through the roof!

Apart from all the people who are fangirls and fanboys of shows or movies, comics, and musicians, the artists themselves are as potentially fanatical over their characters as their fans are. We have all heard of method actors and the lengths they will go to in order to really sink their teeth into a part, such as shedding or gaining unhealthy amounts of weight, adopting body modifications or even remaining in character for their entire shoot.

Some actors are extremely invested in the characters they have portrayed, and when some become cult-like figures, actors run the risk of becoming typecast. It is a risk all performers run, and it can often lead to a love-hate relationship with actors ending up mired in a role all because the fans love them. So here is a rundown of stars’ reactions to their scripts.

16. Carrie-Anne Moss Wept At The Ending Of The Matrix

The American actress became famous for appearing in the dystopian sci-fi action movie, The Matrix. The original film was released in 1999 to much critical acclaim, its depiction of the rise of AI that resulted in enslaving the human race and placing them inside a constructed computer simulation of the world at the end of the 20th century, frightened many. It followed the tradition of many films in the same genre, such as Terminator 2 and murderous AI such as Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Matrix movie became so successful that two sequels were planned in 2003, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Although the two follow-ups never went over as well as the original, Carrie-Anne Moss, who played Keanu Reeves‘ lover, Trinity, said her reaction to the final film was emotional and that she wept at the ending.

15. Darth Vader Being Luke’s Father Was Kept Secret From The Cast

No list could be complete without Star Wars creeping in at some point, and this twist really caused a stir, and the shock on the faces of the cast is a legendary picture itself. Given a chance as a B-movie with a $3 million budget, Star Wars became epic and loved globally. Because of the tenuous chance the studio gave the film, a sequel was never fully planned just in case, so Darth Vader’s position of a frightening, black-clad half robot would have stayed a cruel enforcer. Therefore, the revelation that Darth Vader was in fact, Anakin Skywalker, father of the protagonist Luke Skywalker, unknown when the original got the green light. The twist was such a left field one that even the actors were left agape at the news!

14. Matt Damon Said The Bourne Legacy Script Was “Career-Ending Bad”

More than 20 years after the novel The Bourne Identity was published by best selling author, Robert Ludlum, it was adapted for the cinema and starred Matt Damon as the eponymous hero, Jason Bourne. Jason Bourne washes ashore with amnesia and begins to discover that he has various skills as a fighter and secret agent, which he eventually learns that he was. Two sequels to the Bourne Identity were produced, based on the books written by Ludlum, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. More books from the Jason Bourne series were written but other authors after Robert Ludlum’s death. The Bourne Legacy wanted to have Matt Damon involved, but he thought another Bourne movie was pointless and allegedly said the script for it was “career-ending bad!” Although no amount of bad scripts stopped him from appearing in Jason Bourne.

13. The Cast Didn’t Know About The Alien Scene … Their Filmed Reactions Are Real

Alien was an unprecedented leader in the movie industry. First of all, it was an action movie that had a female lead, when the original character of Ripley – intended to be male initially – although eventually the role was given to Sigourney Weaver, a groundbreaking move in the 70s. Also, Alien became the first horror film set in space, with the tagline: “In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream!” Plenty of screams rang out in cinemas when the iconic scene of the alien bursting from actor John Hurt’s stomach, people apparently fainting at the gory footage. All that was written into the script of Alien was that something was going to happen in that scene and even the actors (except for John Hurt) remained unaware as to what that gruesome incident would entail. So much of the cast’s reaction is real and shared with the audience.

12. This Is Us Cast Was Shocked At How The Timeline Came Together

Last year the TV series This Is Us Premiered. The show centers around three people and splits between two timelines, from the 80s to the modern day and follows several different threads from an ensemble cast. The twist in the premiere turns out that the couple in the 80s had twins and while in the hospital, the father – played by Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia – sees an abandoned baby and adopts him. Three adults in the modern generation are the three kids from that earlier 80s time lapse, which was hailed by viewers and critics as a clever plot twist. During interviews with the cast, they too admitted that when they saw the script that they never saw this development coming and were shocked to learn how it came together.

11. Twilight’s Bella And Edward Happy Ending Was Soft

The Twilight Saga of movies were based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer of the same name and were massive box office successes that made stars out of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner. The saga of novels/movies proved so popular that even its fan fiction sprouted off to become bigger than the original (Fifty Shades of Grey began as Twilight fan fiction). Such a furor comes with fandoms like this that even the stars become embroiled when they invest in such movies for a long time as they have. So when the somewhat lukewarm happy ending of Bella’s powers able to protect people psychically leads to the vampire elites walking away and a happy ending unfolded for Bella, Edward, Jacob, and Bella and Edward’s son, we see how fans overlook a cheesy ending for love of their fandom!

10. Two And A Half Men Creators Kill Off Charlie Sheen After Putting Up With His Behavior For Too Long

Actor Charlie Sheen is from acting royalty, a dynasty that consists of himself and his brother and he has been acting since the 80s. Although during the last decade or so Sheen’s crashing off the rails has been monumental, despite having a show on TV where he was the highest paid actor on television in his Two and A Half Men heyday. Even though his wild lifestyle saw Sheen go in and out of rehab, live out a messy divorce before the media made headlines, he still lasted until the start of season nine before his constant trips to rehab got too much for the show’s producers. At the beginning of series nine, Charlie Sheen was killed off the show and when the creators ditched his on-screen Charlie (Harper) by having him killed by a train in Paris, the writers really got their claws out! Every kind of murky slander was directed at the character, including the fact that he liked to get too friendly with animals and that his body “burst apart like bloated meat” when hit with the train. Harper later appears as a ghost (played by Kathy Bates) saying he is in Hell and stuck in a woman’s body. Pro tip: don’t annoy the Two and A Half Men creators!

9. The Breaking Bad Ending Wasn’t “Methed” Up

Breaking Bad took the world by storm, as a unique and sometimes darkly comic crime thriller that really delves into the themes of desperation and what people are truly capable of. Breaking Bad tells the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher that threw his chance of wealth and big business and now lives a mediocre life. After turning 50, White discovers that he has terminal lung cancer, with about 18 months to live, when he goes on a ride-along with his DEA brother-in-law Hank to bust a meth lab. When White spots his old pupil, Jesse Pinkman escaping the lab and approaches Pinkman to begin making meth and sell it. What follows is a downward spiral in which Walter White – naming himself “Heisenberg” – becomes a murdering, multi-millionaire drug lord. So no doubt the stars were as shocked as we were when Walter at the end, in exile with a new identity, returns home to exact revenge and dies not of cancer but of a ricocheting bullet wound.

8. Even George Clooney Thinks Batman & Robin Was A Joke

The Batman feature films were a step away from the seriously camp and ridiculous 60s TV series starring Adam West. Tim Burton’s take on the first two films, placed Michael Keaton in the role of the Caped Crusader and we got to see Jack Nicholson as The Joker, later Danny DeVito as The Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. The third movie, Batman Forever, was easily the darkest of the three films – before the Christopher Nolan era at least. It became necessary when George Clooney stepped into the rubber suit for there to be some light relief in the fourth film, Batman & Robin and even George Clooney said as much regarding the script. In an interview, Clooney mentioned how the previous movie had dealt with the darkness surrounding Batman’s identity and in this movie they were ready to have fun with the script. Clooney (single at the time) expressed how glad he was at being able to kiss both Elle Macpherson and Uma Thurman in the movie, so he intended to enjoy himself from the start!

7. Glenn’s Death Coming Later Than In the Graphic Novels Shocked Cast And Fans

The Walking Dead is a modern phenomenon that has gripped the world, much like the fact that the world gets suddenly overrun with rotting zombies as it does in the show. The series is based off the graphic novels that share the same name, so many of the fans of the comics knew what was coming, namely Glenn’s death, but this happened in the graphic novels at around the fifth season. Glenn survived through season five and six but never made beyond the first episode of season seven when he got killed by the new arch enemy, Negan. And because The Walking Dead‘s writers do not let the cast know they are for the chop ahead of time, according to two of the show’s stars, Tom Payne (Jesus) and Ross Marquand (Aaron), perhaps Glenn thought he was off the hook. Also, the opening episode of season seven had multiple endings written, so any of the characters could have died, surprising fans and the cast.

6. Kit Harington In Tears Over GoT Season 8

No TV series – possibly in history – has ever been as bloodthirsty as Game of Thrones, based on the series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. Martin has no qualms about killing off characters to the point that viewers may begin to wonder who is going to be left. The Red Wedding horrified many viewers and readers filming those who had only watched the series went viral! It came as something of a shock to actor Ian McElhinney who had played Barristan Selmy – and had read the books – when he learned that the knight’s fate changed in series five compared to the books, he had to confront the writers. McElhinney felt that Barristan still remained pivotal in the storyline and felt it was very hard for him to leave when his character remained in the books. Most recently, Kit Harington was reportedly in tears when he read the scripts for season eight and considering all of the drama in the previous seasons, something huge must go down – maybe even something bigger than a dragon being killed! We can be sure we’re in for some drama, especially as it is likely that the show won’t progress past season nine.

5. Maude Flanders’ Death Caused By Voice Actress Demanding A Pay Rise

The Simpsons is now the longest-running series and animated show in history, having aired its first full episode in 1989, after two years as an animated sketch on The Tracey Ullman Show since 1987. The 90s are considered as the golden age of the show when its best episodes and most subversive material was aired. A thorn in Homer Simpson’s side with his seemingly perfect life, neighbor Ned Flanders received a horrible shock in the show when suddenly his wife (that Homer naturally finds hot) is killed at a Nascar race by a barrage of t-shirts fired from a cannon. The reason behind Maude’s death was due to the voice actress, Maggie Roswell wanting a raise to help pay for flights between her home in Denver and LA when Fox refused, Roswell quit, and Maude Flanders died with her.

4. Edie’s Death On Desperate Housewives & Her “Electrifying” Lawsuit Over Her Death

The show about perfect wives in an LA suburb that had a plethora of murky secrets to hide was a worldwide hit and a precursor to hit reality shows like The Real Housewives of [Insert Place Here]. Although the b*tchiness on those reality TV shows are real, allegedly it was too after the cameras went off on set, leaking over on the screen. Realtor Edie Britt was the frenemy of the main characters and caused no end of strife on Wisteria Lane, and she did between shoots too. Nicolette Sheridan, who portrayed Edie, was apparently very difficult to work with and even butted heads with the show’s creator, Mark Cherry, who eventually fired her from the show by killing her off – Edie getting unceremoniously electrocuted. Actress Sheridan seemed so enraged by the sudden elimination of her character that she tried to sue Mark Cherry and claimed he assaulted her – a claim she later retracted.

3. No Grimm Ending For Grimm

The series Grimm aired on US network NBC, airing for six seasons and 123 episodes and nine webisodes between 2011 and 2017. The show centers on Nick Burkhardt, a police detective from Portland, Oregon that discovers that he is the last of the Grimms, a line of people that defends against creatures called Wesen (Wesen is a German word for spirit). So for fans of this supernatural drama got an ending that many of them appreciated, albeit rushed to tie together all of its conclusions. The actors revealed that they were also pleased with the ending and the strengths of their characters and a flash forward to 20 years into the future. A future where the protagonist Nick gets dragged through a portal by his enemy, Zerstörer.

2. Who Shot JR? Producers Had To Give JR Actor A Raise To Find Out

American 80s super-soap Dallas was an orgy of b*tchiness, glamor, and riches that was successful the world over. When the arch-villain, JR Ewing was shot by a mystery assailant, the mystery of the shooter gripped audiences, as Jr proved such a bad guy that the list of suspects could be any of the Dallas cast. “Who Shot JR?” Spread across the world and made tens of millions tune in to discover the mystery of this soap’s revelation that ended series three. There were even odds as to who the shooter was and when it aired in episode four of season four, where nearly 100 millions viewers watched to discover that it was sister-in-law and mistress, Kristin Shepard. Kristin, pregnant with JR’s child, got away with the murder in moves that even shocked the writers, and star Larry Hagman demanded a wage rise.

1. Stanley Kubrick & Kirk Douglas At Loggerheads When Kubrick Directed SPARTACUS!

Most people have a good idea of the movie Spartacus; even younger people are familiar with the iconic scene where all of the slaves stand up and shout: “I’m Spartacus!” The movie was the first major breakthrough picture that had legendary director Stanley Kubrick at the helm. Although Kubrick had a problem, someone stomping all over the script and creative process, Kirk Douglas, the lead and also executive producer on the set. Apparently, the ancient, now 100-year-old actor ruled the movie with an iron fist, changing what he wanted and spent so much time with women in his trailer. For this reason, Kubrick ensured that he remained in full control of films when directing them without any star reacting to a script and altering what they wanted. Although we may have Kirk Douglas to thank for the legendary style that Stanley Kubrick created.

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