12 Movie Scenes Actors Would Prefer to Erase from Memory Like a Haunting Nightmare
In the realm of their craft, actors frequently find themselves pushing the boundaries of their comfort zones and stretching the limits of their creative imagination. Simultaneously, they must maintain a sense of naturalness to ensure that their performance remains convincing, leaving viewers unsuspecting of any artifice. To fully immerse themselves in a role and deliver a compelling on-screen portrayal, they often undertake peculiar and even discomforting tasks. This level of dedication usually pays off as audiences enjoy their films, yet at times, it can become a challenging ordeal for all involved in the filmmaking process.
1. Sharon Stone — Basic Instinct
When Sharon Stone talked about the famous scene from Basic Instinct, she said that it changed her life. The thing was that the actress didn’t know what this scene with her uncrossing and crossing her legs would look like before the final cut. Stone said that director Paul Verhoeven convinced her to take her underwear off, first, in order to show the superiority of her character over men, and second, to draw the attention to the people in the next shot. Also, the director promised her that nobody would see anything in this scene. But after the premiere, the actress was shocked and she didn’t know what to do. It’s said that she even slapped Verhoeven in his face.
2. Jennifer Lawrence — Passengers
Jennifer Lawrence revealed that she had mixed feelings before shooting the love scene in the movie Passengers. The actress expressed her apprehension because it marked her first experience with nudity on camera, and her co-star, the married Chris Pratt, added an extra layer of stress.
Following the completion of the scene, Lawrence returned home, and her concerns continued to weigh on her. She reflected, “What have I done? I don’t know. And he was married. And it was going to be my first time kissing a married man, and guilt is the worst feeling in your stomach. And I knew it was my job, but I couldn’t tell my stomach that. So I called my mom, and I was like, ’Will you just tell me it’s OK?’ That was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been.”
3. Taylor Lautner — The Twilight Saga
The well-built Jacob from the Twilight Saga won over a lot of girls’ hearts. In the film, there were quite a few scenes where Taylor Lautner had to show his strong body when he was transforming into a giant wolf. But the actor himself wasn’t a fan of the idea that he had to be almost naked in front of the camera. In one of his interviews, he said that if he’d had a choice, he would have preferred to never take his shirt off during the shooting. Lautner wanted colleagues and viewers to pay more attention to his acting, rather than his body.
4. Margot Robbie — Suicide Squad
The villain, Harley Quinn, from Suicide Squad is one of the coolest characters of the film but Margot Robbie wasn’t pleased with some of the scenes. First, she felt awkward walking around in mini-shorts and torn T-shirt: Robbie was ashamed of such a revealing look. Second, the actress still gets the chills when she remembers the scene where her character falls into a bowl of chemicals. According to Margot, this was the worst moment in her entire acting career: the liquid got into her nose, ears, and eyes, and it was really uncomfortable. And right after she came back to the surface, she was supposed to look at Joker with loving eyes and it didn’t look very good.
5. Kate Winslet — Titanic
Do you remember the scene in Titanic when Rose comes to Jack and asks him to draw her naked? As it turns out, it was pretty hard for Kate Winslet to do this scene because she was a little ashamed of her body. Besides, she felt awkward about getting undressed in front of her friend Leonardo DiCaprio. However, a lot of her fans asked her to sign her name on these naked photos, which made Kate feel incredibly awkward. She even said that she refuses to sign these photos, because now she is a mother of 3 children and a serious actress.
6. Natalie Portman — Black Swan
Natalie Portman won a well-deserved Oscar for the role of the ballet dancer in Darren Aronofsky’s thriller Black Swan. But one of the shots from this film still gives her bad memories. It’s about the sex scene between her and Mila Kunis. In an interview, Portman said that it was totally crazy, because Mila and she were close friends. The actress even wanted to hire a stunt double, but in the end, she managed to do this difficult task on her own.
7. Amanda Seyfried — Chloe
In the thriller Chloe, Amanda Seyfried faced a challenging task: performing an intimate scene with renowned actress Julianne Moore. During one of her interviews Amanda candidly shared, “I was counting down the days until we had to shoot that.” In an effort to guide the actresses and clarify the scene’s requirements, the director even brought in understudies to demonstrate what was needed on camera. However, Amanda and Julianne later convinced the director to approach the scene with a softer tone.
Ultimately, the outcome was powerful and well-executed, but Amanda still feels a sense of shyness when she reflects on that particular scene. She admitted, “It was good, a nice team effort, but it was awkward. Because that’s what it is — awkward. Intimate scenes are awkward.”
8. Keira Knightley — A Dangerous Method
The film A Dangerous Method tells the story about the relationship between psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung and his patient. According to the plot, in one of the sex scenes, Keira Knightley’s character had to be spanked by Michael Fassbender’s character. This scene was a true challenge for the actress. In an interview, she even admitted that she took the edge off with several vodka shots before the shooting and a glass of champagne afterward.
9. Josh Brolin — Avengers: Infinity War
Josh Brolin who played Thanos in Avengers was very convincing in his role, but later the actor admitted that the Loki murder scene was very unpleasant for him. In the film, the cunning Loki staged his death several times, so Thanos had to be sure that he killed him one last time. But the scene where the villain is strangling the character seemed too brutal for the actor. Besides, Josh said that he felt pity for Tom Hiddleston at that moment because he had spent so much time with the character and it was his last scene.
10. Ellen Page — Juno
It was the film Juno that made Ellen Page really famous. However, in the film, there is an episode the actress is not very proud of. So, while discussing the potential future name for her child, Page’s character tells a homophobic joke. When her partner suggests the name Madison, she says that it’s “A little gay.” Later, the actress said that she is very ashamed of that joke now that she is older and she understands how stupid it was.
11. Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan — Fifty Shades of Grey
The actors who played in the main roles in this film totally agree that doing all the sex scenes in this film was really challenging for them. They were hot, sweaty, and completely uncomfortable. Besides, some of the episodes took a very long time to shoot so the actors had to lie tied and blindfolded for several hours in a row. And even worse, the viewers called the work of Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan one of the most unconvincing relationships in history.
12. Ryan Guzman — The Boy Next Door
Guzman’s shooting partner was Jennifer Lopez, so the actor felt extremely nervous. He tried so hard to perform flawlessly that he even accidentally bumped Jennifer Lopez’s head on the ceiling. “It was right before we get into the very, very steamy part of the film. My character has to pick up Jennifer — and me being stupid — I put a little bit too much oomph into it”, Guzman recalled.
However, the most embarrassing moment occurred during the film’s screening. In the audience, Guzman’s family and friends were present. When the kissing scene with Jennifer Lopez appeared on the screen, the actor’s father stood up and shouted, “That’s my boy!”
Bonus: Emilia Clarke — Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is considered to be one of the most explicit TV series of the modern era. And some bed scenes were fun to do. So, the star of Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke said in one of her interviews that during the shooting of the bed scene between her and actor Jason Momoa, he covered the thing between his legs with a pink fluffy sock. This was Jason’s way of making the situation less intense because he could see that Emilia was very nervous. According to Emilia, he started laughing hysterically, so she forgot everything she was supposed to do in the scene, and because of this, the shooting was canceled that day.
Stay tuned and make sure not to overlook our other article, which delves into movie scenes that were born solely from the actors’ improvisation.