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10 Film Sets That You Would Never Want To Work On

Delays and financial issues are the top 2 reasons a film may be tough to complete, but there are many more factors. However, it frequently occurs due to directors who are extremely difficult to deal with and make everyone’s lives intolerable. Some want to film each scene in too many different ways, endangering everyone’s health.

We conducted research and chose ten films that, we think you’ll be startled to learn, were highly unpleasant to film. Below is the list of the most challenging film sets you would never want to work on.

1. Titanic (1997)

Source: © Titanic / Paramount Pictures

There was a lot of hate between James Cameron, the filmmaker, and the company’s executives as a result of the filming of the movie taking 138 days longer than originally planned. But other than that, working with Cameron was a nightmare since he constantly yelled at everyone. In addition, he made performers and staff workers spend days in the tanks of ice water. Because of this, many members of the team contracted the flu.

2. Apocalypse Now (1979)

Source: © Apocalypse Now / Omni Zoetrope

The weather in the Philippines was fierce, destroying the sets and forcing the company to spend much too much money. Because Marlon Brando frequently forgot his lines, he often disagreed with Francis Ford Coppola. Additionally, throughout the film’s production, Brando put on a lot of weight, and Coppola considered dismissing him. The icing on the cake came when Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack during filming but happily recovered totally.

3. Jaws (1975)

Source: © Jaws / Universal Pictures

When he began filming Jaws, Steven Spielberg was still relatively young, and his errors caused the $4 million budget to balloon to $9 million. Additionally, although it is expected to take 55 days, the filming took 159 days. The actors and crew had not yet been hired when the movie’s shooting got underway, and no fake shark had been made. The boat’s hull burst as the movie’s scene was filmed, and it began to sink.

A sound engineer shouted to ignore the actors and save the proper gear as Spielberg called to get the actors off the boat. The renowned filmmaker believed that this picture would kill his career, but the company forgave him when it made the majority of its money during its first weekend.

4. The Lighthouse (2019)

Source: © The Lighthouse / A24 Films

Throughout several reshoots, Robert Pattinson was on the verge of punching his director, Robert Eggers, since he was so irritated with him. This was because the identical sequence, in which he was only crossing the beach, was filmed in several takes. In addition, the working environment was so rigorous and unpleasant that Pattinson and his co-star, Willem Dafoe, seldom spoke outside the set.

5. The Revenant (2015)

Source: © The Wizard of Oz / MGM Studios

It was a production nightmare for director Alejandro González Iárritu to want to shoot his movie in chronological sequence. The timetable was quite demanding, and the weather in Calgary was agonizing. It was tough for the team to maintain continuity because of the sub-zero temperatures and the constantly shifting weather. They had to find time whenever the weather was right since Iárritu insisted on using as much natural light as possible.

6. The Shining (1980)

Source: © The Shining / Peregrine Productions

Both Shelley Duvall and Jack Nicholson struggled during the filming of The Shining, but Duvall also underwent a horrific event. To make her feel afraid of her role, director Stanley Kubrick was quite critical of her and exerted psychological pressure on her. Kubrick recorded 127 takes of Duvall for the infamous baseball bat scene, still a Guinness World Record.

Due to the scenario, Duvall suffered from acute dehydration, a hoarse throat, and raw wounds. Despite all that, Duvall still had a lot of respect for Kubrick, and she felt relieved after going through the scream therapy. Nicholson’s problem was his lack of sleep, which made his situation far better than Duvall’s. Only when traveling from the hotel to the filming location did he doze off in the automobile?

7. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Source: © The Wizard of Oz / MGM Studios

Numerous things went wrong while the movie was being made, with one of the performers having to spend weeks in the hospital because of an allergic reaction. In addition, when the fireworks went off, and no one alerted the witch actress to move out of the way, she was seriously burnt.

Most of the performers’ costumes were either constructed of hazardous materials like asbestos or were too hot and uncomfortable to even walk around in. For instance, the actor frequently became too hot while wearing the lion costume, which was fashioned from a real lion. It was weighty and complex for him to perform in front of the bright stage lights.

8. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

Source: © The Man Who Killed Don Quixote / Alacran Group

Although Terry Gilliam had the idea for this movie in 1989, the shooting didn’t begin until 2000. However, a flood in the desert radically altered the landscape and destroyed most of the equipment. In addition, the movie’s primary actor, Jean Rochefort, left midway through owing to a herniated disc. In 2005, the film’s production ended as Johnny Depp lost interest and another key actor died.

The film was ultimately completed and released in 2018 despite all of these challenges, 29 years after Gilliam began working on it. Only a select number of European theaters saw the film’s release, which featured Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver. It was released in the US and the UK two years after it was finished, but with very little success.

9. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Source: © Fitzcarraldo / Werner Herzog Film

Even if the movie’s idea was challenging, the filmmaking procedure is still considered one of the most challenging. Instead of using small replicas as was recommended, director Werner Herzog chose to utilize an actual 320-ton ship in the scene when they push it up a hill.

They employed many extras to move the ship, but there were far too many accidents, altercations, and project abandonments. When Mick Jagger withdrew from a supporting part he was meant to play, the director was forced to reshoot all of his sequences with a different actor.

10. Heaven’s Gate (1980)

Source: © Heaven’s Gate / Partizan Productions

Most of the film’s sequences were between 32 and 60 times. The performers were subjected to intense psychological strain in addition to the budget going through the roof. Additionally, the filmmaker used untrained extras who performed their own stunts for several scenes. People were thrown into the mud and rubbed by horses, causing numerous injuries.

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