The Hollywood stars of some films were so immersed in their characters that many of them had to go to psychotherapy after filming. The actors openly said what was most difficult for them as they prepared for certain roles.
Joaquin Phoenix with Arthur Fleck in “The Joker”
The actor had to lose 23.5 pounds for that role, and said focusing on his body weight completely darkened his mind.
“Once you reach your target weight, everything changes. Every day I would wake up obsessed with thinking about losing 0.1 kilograms. You really develop a disorder. Greater weight loss affects your psyche. You start going crazy.” concluded Phoenix.
Michael B. Jordan as Kilmonger in the movie “Black Panther”
Jordan said he isolated himself and “did everything he thought necessary” to prepare the paper, but did not know how to get out of it. He later discovered that it was difficult for him to return to his normal life and to himself.
“I didn’t know how to adapt to the people who care for me, how to receive that love I excluded. I didn’t want love. I wanted to be in this lonely place as long as possible.” said the actor. He decided to go to therapy, which he said helped him a lot.
Natalie Portman as Nina in “Black Swan”
The actress stated that she was mentally and emotionally exhausted after filming.
“That’s when I first realized how you can enjoy so much of the role that it could destroy you,” he said 11 years ago. He also admitted that due to weight loss and preparation for the role, he thought he would die.
The sun feels like Bobby in “Liberation”
The famous scene of the rape of Biti’s character, in which one of the attackers tells him: “Squeak like a pig”, has been haunting the actor for years. People on the street shouted that phrase at him and the scene was hard to film for everyone except for director John Burman, who wanted to get to the extremes.
One of the screenwriters, years later, discovered that Beatty tried to get out of the character on the day of the shooting of the painful scene to relax, but failed. During the continuation of filming, there was another man, as if he could not hide his sadness and insecurity.
However, Beatty later said he was “proud” to be a part of this story, and even wrote an article about men’s experience and reactions to rape victims.
Janet Lee, as Marion in “Psyche”
The actress was forever marked by the famous scene in which her character died brutally stabbed in the shower. That is, after that, she was scared while taking a shower.
“I make sure the doors and windows in the house are closed. I also leave the bathroom door open and the curtain open in the shower. I always look at the door and look directly at it no matter where the shower is,” Lee admitted .
Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in the horror “Ono”
Skarsgård compared Pennywise’s performance to a destructive relationship. He was happy to leave the character, but also said that after filming each night he had “strange, vivid dreams about the character he was playing.”
Dakota Johnson with Susie in “Sigh”
The actress revealed that her horror role “shit her so much she had to go to therapy,” and described the difficult filming conditions in an abandoned hotel on top of a mountain.
“When I’m working on a project, sometimes I find that I’m a person who absorbs the feelings of others. When you work on dark issues, they can follow you after filming. The only way to leave the project behind is to talk to someone who he’s very good at it, a psychiatrist, for example, ”Johnson said.
Mandy Patinkin as Jason Gideon in the series “Criminal Minds”
Patinkin left the series after the second season because he did not like the content.
“I thought it was something completely different. I never thought I would kill and rape all those women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality,” he said. dir Patinkin. .
Bob Hoskins as Eddie in the movie “Who Placed Bunny Roger?”
Acting with cartoon characters had a dangerous result, as the actor “trained” to hallucinate to react to imaginary beings.
“It finally got in my brain. I sat down, talking normally and suddenly a weasel was crawling from the wall towards me,” Hoskins said. After that, he didn’t act for a year because the doctors advised him to pause filming for a few months.
Edrien Brody as Vladislav Spielman in “The Pianist”
After spending months playing the piano four hours a day, selling all his belongings, starving to death and reading Spielman’s memoirs, Brody said it took him more than six months to “get back to normal” after doing the movie.
“There were times when I was worried that maybe I couldn’t get out of it healthy, because I didn’t realize how I got into it,” he admitted.
Jim Carrey with Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon”
Kerry thoroughly enjoyed the role of eccentric comedian Andy Kaufman and was unable to return to normal after filming.
“I wondered what he believed in. It was a process,” he said. The situation was so serious that the documentary “Jim & Endy” was mostly done.
Penn Badgeley as Joe in the “You” series
The actor admitted that reliving the “irreparable” character brings him “a great tribute to his psyche.” However, he also called his strange role “deep psychological research.”
Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou in “Nightcrawler”
The actor lost 14 pounds for the role of the 2014 thriller.
“Physically, you could see the difference, but also mentally, it was an even more fascinating journey,” he said. He also admitted that he still has nightmares for this character.