12 Actors Who Are Willing To Encounter Any Obstacle For A Role

Working as an actor can offer exciting opportunities to portray interesting characters such as heroes with supernatural powers, witches, or aliens. Many people start an acting career because they have a passion for storytelling and enjoy taking part in creative performances. However, just having passion is not enough, a talented actor must fully gather acting skills and sometimes need to know how to make sacrifices and trade-offs to perfect a role.

From conquering a fear of heights, enduring prosthetics, and motion sickness to spending months in a smelly spray-on tan, today we’re going to explore behind the scenes and take a look at some major obstacles that actors faced during filming. Even so, you’ll still find them playing their roles convincingly. Scroll down to find out who they are and how they overcome these obstacles!

#1 Brendan Fraser — The Whale (2022)

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On the TVs, Brendan Fraser’s stunning comeback seemed genuinely spectacular. The actor portrays a teacher who is wheelchair-bound and weighs 600 lbs. Fraser was required to wear a heavy, 300-pound costume. The initial makeup session lasted 6 hours.

The actor claimed to have gained muscles he was unaware he had, but at the end of the day, he felt worn out. “I even felt a sense of vertigo at the end of the day when all the appliances were removed; it was like stepping off the dock onto a boat in Venice. That [sense of] undulating.”

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The work of Brendan Fraser was obviously worthwhile. The audience applauded him for 6 minutes at the premiere, which caused the actor to cry. We anticipate Fraser winning a ton of honors.

#2 Owain Arthur — Rings of Power (2022 — …)

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To become Durin IV, Owain Arthur needed to devote 2.5 hours every day. The big issue, in his opinion, was the bushy beard. It was made up of 16 pieces and weighed the same as a newborn child. Arthur had to wear a special cooling vest to prevent heat exhaustion.

It’s difficult to imagine how challenging it must be to display any emotions while filming when you have so much hair attached to your face, but the Rings of Power star did an excellent job.

#3 Natalie Portman — Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

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Natalie Portman put a lot of effort into her portrayal of a goddess in the newest Thor movie. The actress worked with a personal trainer for ten months while she bulked up. They would exercise for two hours each five days a week.  “I turned 40 while making the movie, and it was an incredible point in my life to say, ‘You’re going to be the fittest, strongest version of yourself.” Portman did a tremendous job and was very happy of herself.

#4 Jamie Campbell Bower — Stranger Things (2016 — …)

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Many people thought the season 4 villain of Stranger Things was CGI when they first saw him on screen. Jamie Campbell Bower, however, ended up having to wear a substantial set of intricate prostheses.

Campbell Bower began his workday at 3 a.m in the morning. The makeup artists would spend 7 hours each day transforming Jamie into the spooky creature. The actor would work for 10 to 12 hours on set before waiting for another hour while the costume was meticulously taken off.

#5 Dane DiLiegro — Prey (2022)

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Former professional basketball player Dane DiLiegro decided to make a significant career change and is now cast as monsters in films. DiLiegro shed lbs to transform into the fabled Predator. “They wanted a lean, dynamic, more animal Predator. Traditionally I’m bigger, more muscular. I had to get away from that.”

He also spent two months practicing parkour. Few men his height, according to him, are actually capable of doing it. He had to train his neck for an additional two months because the Predator’s head weighed about 13 lbs.

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He had to put on an 80-lb latex costume while filming. Dane DiLiegro claimed that the task was everything but simple. “When you’re in Calgary in the middle of the summer and it’s over 95 degrees, you’re sweating. It’s sitting there in the suit, and it gets heavier and wetter as the days go on. Every time I swung my arm, you’d see sweat squirt out the sides and out of my knees.”

He was not only harmed by the heat. In the costume, he could barely see anything. DiLiegro had to primarily move by touching. He said, “For this Predator to look forward, I had to look down at the ground, and there were two holes in the neck that I could look through. I couldn’t see more than three feet in front of me.”

#6 Joey King — Bullet Train (2022)

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The entire action of Bullet Train takes place on a lightning-fast train. Of course, a real train wasn’t used in the filming. The use of special screens by the filmmakers gave the impression that the train was moving constantly. Because of her motion sickness, Joey King was having a very difficult time.

“I never got motion sickness, but what did happen is, you know that feeling when you’re sitting in a parked car and the people next to you starts backing up, and you feel like you’re going forward, you’re like gasps. Sometimes I got that feeling”, the actress admitted.

#7 Colin Farrell — The Batman (2022)

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Handsome Penguin, whose face is covered in numerous cuts and scars, was a character that Colin Farrell had to take on. It goes without saying that meticulous planning was necessary for such a significant transformation. The actor estimated that the initial makeup application took between 6 and 8 hours. Throughout this time, a team of 12 people worked on the actor’s hair, teeth, and construction of his new body.

Colin had to spend 3-4 hours in the makeup room prior to the start of filming. Thankfully, he took pleasure in every step of the way. Never before have I enjoyed something so much.

#8 Aaron Taylor-Johnson — Bullet Train (2022)

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Not just Joey King, but some of the other actors also had trouble during the filming process. Aaron Taylor-Johnson even required medical attention after suffering an injury in a fight scene. The actor was thrown across the entire room, and a sharp corner caused him to cut his hand. “I literally went wham, passed out,”  says Aaron. His coworkers immediately took him to the hospital, where he received stitches and spent the night.

#9 David Harbour — Stranger Things (2016 — …)

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Season 4 required the Stranger Things star to shed lbs. Harbour engaged in intermittent fasting and daily exercise in order to appear to be a genuine exhausted prisoner. He occasionally went days without eating and would skip meals for a full day. How resilient David is is incredible.

#10 Imelda Staunton — Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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The actress who played the aggressive Dolores Umbridge said that she felt horrible for many days following one of the sequences. Staunton claims that when Umbridge forced Harry Potter to write the phrase “I must not tell lies.” with a special feather, it was extremely emotional challenging for her.

Imelda Staunton spoke about her thoughts, “That touched into something that you think, ‘Gosh, we’re all capable of great cruelty.’ It was a horrible, horrible feeling.”

#11 Jared Leto — House of Gucci (2021)

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To become Paolo Gucci, Jared Leto had to put huge effort. He said,  “It took about six hours every morning and about an hour to take it off at night. It was worth every single second.” To further immerse himself in his role, Leto had to learn how to walk, sing, and dance entirely differently.

#12 Karen Gillan — Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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The actress who played Nebula endured daily wait times of four hours and fifteen minutes as the makeup artists assembled a puzzle made up of five individual pieces on her face. The team also needed 30 minutes each day to take off the mask.

But the biggest issue was the dark contact lenses. They completely hid the eyes.  She claimed,  “I had to wear such huge contacts in the first ’Guardians’ that I cannot wear contacts anymore.”