Actor Mistakes That Cost The Filmmakers A Ton Of Money


Everyone has anxiety about their job, but
imagine if everything you did at work was constantly scrutinized by everyone in the
entire world. Sounds terrible, right? But that’s exactly what every Hollywood actor
goes through. So it’s no wonder that many actors have nightmares
about standing onstage naked or forgetting their lines. But while botching dialogue in the buff sounds
extremely embarrassing, it would be infinitely preferable to actually screwing up so badly
that your mistake cost your boss tens of thousands of dollars, which is exactly what some of
Hollywood’s biggest stars have done. Lights! Camera! Accidents! Let’s look at some actors who made very costly,
very awkward, and expensive, mistakes. “Action!” “Gag reel.” Brando’s overnight flight oversight Shooting The Godfather wasn’t exactly smooth
sailing. According to Harlan Lebo’s book The Godfather
Legacy, actor Al Pacino botched a stunt jump during the scene where Michael Corleone makes
a mad leap onto his getaway car’s bumper. Pacino painfully twisted his ankle and strained
a ligament, and the injury forced him to alternately use crutches, a wheelchair, and a cane to
move around between takes. Several major scenes needed to be rescheduled
so Pacino could recuperate from the accident. But Pacino’s mistake sounds like peanuts compared
to Marlon Brando’s scheduling snafu. On his very first day of shooting, the legendary
actor was supposed to show up to the New York Eye and Ear Hospital. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. Brando missed his overnight flight from Los
Angeles to New York, a seemingly small setback that cost producers plenty of cash and a full
day of shooting. Brando’s scene was rescheduled for the following
day, but his flightiness, or lack thereof, set producers back a whopping $40,000. “I want you to rest a while, and a month
from now, this Hollywood big shot’s going to give you what you want.” Eric Stoltz caught with his McFly down In one of life’s alternate timelines, Eric
Stoltz would’ve played Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy. Stoltz was initially cast as the lead in the
classic 1985 sci-fi comedy and even played McFly for five weeks. Unfortunately, director Robert Zemeckis didn’t
like his performance. Despite being, in Zemeckis’ words, “a magnificent
actor,” Stoltz reportedly couldn’t tackle the comedic beats required for the role. Producer Steven Spielberg agreed, and Universal
Pictures brass gave Zemeckis the go-ahead to replace Stoltz with Michael J. Fox, the
director’s original choice for the role. According to Caseen Gaines’ book We Don’t
Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy, Stoltz was gutted when Zemeckis
fired him, but for cast and crew, his departure may not have been the worst news in the world. Co-star Lea Thompson claimed Stoltz could
be very difficult. He had reportedly driven folks around the
bend with his dedication to Stanislavski method acting techniques, provoking eye rolls aplenty. Between recasting the film and rejiggering
the shooting schedule to accommodate Fox, $3 million was added to the budget. “But I wanted to tell you that it’s been…
educational.” Kurt Russell is no guitar hero Veteran actor Kurt Russell could be accused
of chewing scenery in classic ’80s schlock such as Big Trouble in Little China, and after
his colossal mistake on the set of Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 Western The Hateful Eight,
he can also be accused of smashing up extraordinarily expensive props. To set the scene: Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh
portrays outlaw Daisy Domergue, who strums a guitar at one point in the film, but not
just any guitar. The instrument was a vintage Martin guitar
from the 19th century, loaned out by the Martin Guitar Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. While shooting his scene alongside Leigh,
an unfortunate misunderstanding on Russell’s part led to an expensive catastrophe. The intention was to swap out the instrument,
replacing the Martin with a shoddy prop guitar, which Russell would subsequently pry from
Leigh’s hands. Apparently, Russell didn’t get the memo. “Give me that guitar…music time’s over!” This cut wound up in the final film, and Leigh’s
reaction to the gaffe was genuine. Russell destroyed a guitar worth roughly $40,000. Leigh told Billboard he was so distraught
upon realizing his mistake that his eyes literally welled up. Dick Boak, the equally distraught director
of the Martin Guitar Museum, told Reverb: “As a result of the incident, the company
will no longer loan guitars to movies under any circumstances.” “How much?” “$10,000.” “Damn.” Edward James Olmos’ method mayhem If Edward James Olmos ever meets Kurt Russell,
these two will have an instant icebreaker: Both men broke exceedingly expensive props
that weren’t meant to be destroyed. In Olmos’ case, the gaffe occurred while filming
a 2007 episode of the epic reboot of sci-fi classic Battlestar Galactica, a series glossily
shot at Vancouver Film Studios on film and HD. Entitled “Maelstrom,” the episode features
Olmos’ character Admiral Adama tinkering with an intricate model ship. While cameras rolled, the actor was apparently
bitten by the improvisation bug and went for broke, literally. As an actor, it’s important to take risks,
but maybe not a risk that involves destroying expensive props. It turns out the model was a genuine museum-quality
ship the show was renting, according to executive producer Ronald D. Moore. “This isn’t a prop! This was hundreds of dollars!” “Hundreds of dollars” might be putting it
mildly. During a panel discussion at the 2012 Planet
Comicon, Olmos suggested the “one-of-a-kind” piece was, in fact, worth roughly $200,000. “Nobody told me it cost that much. Boom! Oh! What happened? What? What happened?… oh this is a classic? Oh? One of a kind? Oh.” Tor reported the trashed model was included
in a January 2009 auction, so perhaps some ravenous Battlestar Galactica fan is dutifully
gluing it all back together this very minute. “Find anything else, let me know right away.” “If I find anything else, I may retire early.” Noel Marshall’s savage mistake You know what’s a bad idea? Casting yourself and your family alongside
150 lions, leopards, tigers, jaguars, and elephants, and capturing every scream on film
as everyone is mauled. That’s how filmmaker Noel Marshall created
the 1981 stinker Roar, which is generally considered the most dangerous movie ever made. The film stars Noel Marshall, his two sons
John and Jerry, his then-wife Tippi Hedren, and her daughter Melanie Griffin. While filming, the whole cast was routinely
savaged by lions, who charged at the actors and occasionally clawed at their faces. Noel reportedly wouldn’t always yell “Cut!”
as his family begged for help because he didn’t want to lose a take. Hedren suffered multiple scalp wounds. Griffith temporarily quit, fearing she’d wind
up with only “half a face.” “Noel, for whatever reason, was kind of tempting
the lions. You could feel the energy of the cats getting
more and more aggressive.” Ringmaster Noel Marshall was bitten so many
times that he wound up hospitalized with gangrene.The production went wildly over budget and cost
$17 million, making it one seriously lavish Hollywood clunker. Hedren must have longed for a simpler time
when she was merely being attacked by angry birds. “And you got to watch out for Veery, okay?” Taraji P. Henson’s Maserati mishap A stunt gone wrong during production of Babak
Najafi’s 2018 thriller Proud Mary cost the filmmakers a hefty chunk of change. The scene involved Empire actress Taraji P.
Henson at the wheel of a deliriously expensive silver Maserati and maniacally speeding through
the streets of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Henson was quite keen on performing all the
required stunt driving herself. Prior to the incident, she had reportedly
pulled off all the skids and swerves with ease for four solid takes. The fifth take didn’t go so swell. “I just miscalculated the turn, and I forgot
the fire hydrant was there, and, you know, the fire hydrant, hey, meet the Maserati,
and water was all in the car.” A professional Maserati enthusiast told TMZ
the repairs would likely cost around $12,000. “And executive producer was like, ‘Oh my god,
this is going to cost us! I’m putting myself in Time Out!'”

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