The Fly by Nathan Anderson.
Juice Willis, a cameraman from “12 Years a Slave”:
[I love] witnessing an actor’s process on set. Seeing how they get in and out of character fascinates me. They’re like real life action figures. However Benedict Cumberbatch’s intensity was damn near unmatched whether shooting or not at Ford’s plantation. It was like 1:00 AM on a Saturday and we had been there for over 13 hours… in a fucking marsh, I’m talking insects the size of GI Joe’s, bats in trees, just horrible conditions for the crew. Steve and Benedict were inside of the mansion blocking the scene directly after Benedict cuts Chiwetel down. We’re all waiting on the porch ready to shoot and get the fuck out of there. Now normally while a scene is being blocked everyone must be silent. But since we were outside and tired, most of us chatted just to keep from falling asleep.
In the midst of our talking, Benedict kicks the fucking front door open. Everyone immediately shuts the fuck up. We’re thinking he’s upset cause we weren’t respectful to the process, you know, kinda like Christian Bale esque, (mind you he’s holding a huge shotgun) however due was still in character. He’s standing on the front porch slowly staring out into the night, looking over the 75 member crew, then creeps back into the mansion closing the doors. Lol we were shook! Or at least I was. Here I was whining ready to go the fuck home and and Benedict comes out looking ready to kill with the most immaculate hair lol
Just goes to show how professional and talented the guy is. To hold that level of concentration for that long is impressive.
Yeah believe the hype, he has a palpable presence on set. (x)
Yes, he’s a friend of mine and told the story to me. (Obviously Juice Willis is not his real name lol). I posted some pics of him in that full body mosquito netting they had to wear that day.
Behind Enemy Line (2001)
The scene at the beginning of the 1979 classic Apocalypse Now, with Martin Sheen’s Captain Willard alone in his hotel room, was completely unscripted. Sheen told the shooting crew to just let the cameras roll. The actor was actually drunk in the scene and punched the mirror, which was real glass. Sheen also began sobbing and tried to attack director Francis Ford Coppola. The crew was so disturbed by his actions that they wanted to stop shooting, but Coppola wanted to keep the cameras going (x).
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Johansson was so determined to avoid looking like a movie star pretending to be a zookeeper running on empty and fueled only by her devotion to her motley assortment of big cats, zebras, and kangaroos that she refused to wear makeup for the film. A big deal for a female movie star, but it works, helping to anchor her performance in the details of actual manual labor—shoveling shit, feeding slabs of red meat to the lion and tigers—that we don’t see much of in American movies. (x)