Note to self: never, ever visit a horror movie set.
From high-rise gorillas to shark-infested tornadoes, the film industry has surely served us with plenty of crazy stories. However, sometimes Hollywood’s craziest stories come from behind the scenes.
Here are 16 of the craziest cast and crew experiences on set:
In order to get through the daily eight-hour makeup session, he had to be transformed into the titular character of How the Grinch stole Christmas, Jim Carrey was trained by a man who teaches CIA agents how to endure torture.
Tunisian government request George Lucas will move his Sandcrawler away from the Libyan border during the filming of Star Wars: A New Hope because Libya mistook it for an army vehicle and threatened military action.
Isla Fisher nearly drowned when her outlet chain got stuck on her costume during a magic trick scene in Now you see me.
During a battle scene at Ben hur, an extra tear down in a pond that had been dyed blue, and MGM kept it on his payroll until the dye was gone from him.
A majority of Titanic the cast and crew were poisoned with PCP-based clam chowder, so they were all rushed to hospital at 1 a.m.
When Benedict Cumberbatch and his friends’ tire exploded on the way home To the ends of the earth together they were kidnapped at gunpoint before being left in the middle of nowhere.
As Melissa George spun around in a boathouse for Amityville Horror (2005), local police arrived to inform the production that a corpse had been found floating nearby.
While filming the Wicked Witch’s Smoky Exit of West Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz, actor Margaret Hamilton suffered burns to her hands and face.
During filming The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Jennifer Carpenter radio continuously lit in the middle of the night and played the words “I’m still alive” over and over again.
Police showed up on the set of Apocalypse now in the Philippines and took everyone’s passports after discovering they were using unidentified bodies bought from a grave robber as props.
JoBeth Williams unknowingly filmed a Fighting spirit scene in a pool full of real skeletons because the production considered the fakes “too expensive”.
After The possession Wrapped up, the prop storage building burned down, destroying the imitation of the demon-possessed dybbuk box the film centered on.
While filming the Sermon on the Mountaintop The passion of Christ, Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning.
After finding out that lead actor Malcolm McDowell was terrified of snakes, director Stanley Kubrick introduced the character of Basil, a boa constrictor, to A clockwork orange.
While playing Chewbacca in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Peter Mayhew was to be escort across the Pacific Northwest by crew members dressed in brightly colored vests so other people don’t mistake him for Bigfoot and shoot him down.
And finally, Michael Imperioli Cut his hand on broken glass on the Goodfellas shot and was rushed to hospital, but emergency room medics rushed to treat the mock gunshot wounds from the death scene he filmed instead.
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