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These Actors Were Left Scarred for Life From Their Movie Roles

by jvcc

Experiencing a traumatic event can have lasting effects on a person throughout their life. This phenomenon even happens to Hollywood’s most beloved actors. Whether from their own doing or through unfortunate accidents, these actors have been scarred for life due to their involvement in various films. From stunts gone wrong to budgets too cheap, to a purposely cruel cast and crew, these celebrities have been permanently scarred for life!

Linda Blair, ‘The Exorcist’

’70s star Linda Blair did not have too many issues filming her scenes in The Exorcist, but afterward she had to endure countless prodding questions from the press as well as religious organizations about her views on Christianity and demonic possession during her teenage years.

Heather Donohue, ‘The Blair Witch Project’

The directors of late-’90s classic The Blair Witch Project, were dark individuals. They kept Heather Donohue and her costars in the dark to help the actors achieve realistic reactions in the midst of their “supernatural” witch hunt. Interestingly, because the film’s “found footage” concept was brand new at the time, the press believed it was real, and Donahue even read her own obituary. “It’s a complicated thing to be dead when you’re still very much alive and eager to make a name for yourself,” she said. Not long after, Donahue left the acting industry to become an author and screen writer.

Patrick Wilson, ‘The Conjuring 2’

Before filming The Conjuring, male lead Patrick Wilson was not necessarily a believer in the supernatural, despite playing a paranormal investigator in the film. That all changed after the sequel came out. He said he began to hear unexplained noises and experience strange occurrences in his family home – “I’ve heard people on two different occasions say they’ve heard kids’ laughter in the middle of the night, in my house. And that used to freak my wife out.”

Janet Leigh, ‘Psycho’

Directed by director Alford Hitchcock, Psycho maybe one of the most iconic horror films of all time. After filming the above scene that needs no introduction, Leigh would end up traumatized, never taking a shower again. She would only bathe as long as she had a clear view of the door, with all possible entries locked, and the tub curtain pulled open.

Dakota Johnson, ‘Suspiria’

Upon finishing the 2018 remake of Suspiria, Dakota Johnson told the press that she had to partake in therapy: “We were in an abandoned hotel on top of a mountain. It had 30 telephone poles on the roof, so there was electricity pulsating through the building, and everyone was shocking each other. It was cold … and so dry. The only thing that helped was dousing myself with oil every night.”

Bill Skarsgård, ‘It’

After Tim Curry’s 1990 television special, Bill Skarsgård took over the portrayal of Pennywise the dancing clown in the 2017 Stephen King film, It. “Every night, he came and visited. It was in the shape of either me dealing with him, sort of Pennywise as a separate entity of me, and then also me as Pennywise in circumstances that I didn’t appreciate. Like, I’m Pennywise, and I’m really upset that I’m out in public, and people are looking at me.”

Isabelle Adjani, ‘Possession’

Even though Isabelle Adjani won her first Caesar Award (the French version of the American Oscar) for her portrayal in Possession. Adjani regretted the role as she attended therapy after playing in the 1981 film. She was so traumatized that she noted she never wanted to play a character like hers in the film ever again.

 

Veronica Cartwright, ‘Alien’

To provide movie-goers with that sense of raw animal fear, director Ridley Scott never bothered to tell the actors about the alien “chest-bursting” scene. The surprise was such a shock to Veronica Cartwright that she actually fainted as soon as the fake blood touched her. “You see this thing start to come out, so we all get sucked in, we lean forward to check it out … all of a sudden it comes out. I tell you, none of us expected it.”

Uma Thurman (Kill Bill Vol 2)

Do you remember the scene in Kill Bill Vol 2 where Uma Thurman drives a blue convertible on the way to kill Bill? While filming, she was nervous about handling the car in general but would go on to crash it head-on into a tree. She said the accident gave her “a permanently damaged neck and screwed-up knees.”

Jennifer Carpenter, ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’

Jennifer Carpenter has said no to any new scary movie roles upon finishing The Exorcism of Emily Rose. When she was not filming, the actress dealt with a clock radio that would randomly turn on all throughout the night, and during filming one day, she fainted when it turned out. However, the circumstance was brought on by a medication that made her heart race. Combined with constant screaming, the physical demands of the day were simply too much and the actress passed out.

Anne Hathaway, ‘Les Misérables’

Although Anne Hathaway may have won an Oscar for her portrayal of Fantine in the 2012 film, Les Misérables, the role left a negative impression on her. Filming left her emotionally and physically distant, taking weeks for the actress to return to her cheery self. 

Bruce Willis, ‘Die Hard’

Whether or not 1998’s Die Hard film is a Christmas movie is up for discussion, the film certainly took Bruce Willis from television to film star. Unfortunately, one stunt gone wrong left the young actor partially deaf in his left ear. The role surely gave Willis new esteem in Hollywood, however, losing over two-thirds of the hearing in his left ear was probably a lot for him at the time!

George Clooney, ‘Syriana’

In 2005, George Clooney appeared in the highly praised geopolitical thriller, Syriana. His performance was so convincing that he won a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and an Oscar for it. But Clooney’s brain had been seriously injured during an explosion stunt gone wrong. Clooney was able to finish the movie, but the injury left him with long-lasting and extremely painful headaches and other related side effects. However, several surgeries and therapies later, Clooney is doing just fine.

Michael Massee, ‘The Crow’