10 movie scenes where the actors weren’t pretending

Whether we think about it or not, we all understand and participate in the artifice of cinema, tacitly agreeing to sit in the dark and believe a carefully crafted lie every time we go to the cinema. What if I told you that sometimes you look at the truth?

Believe it or not, during filming, sometimes things go wrong, sometimes the directors push for realism, and sometimes pretending isn’t enough.

Yes, once in a while, either by coincidence or by mandate of their call, an actor follows the method and does everything that is not in their job description. But, being the masters of the moving image that we know they are, more often than not we’re left with no idea what really happened in order to bring us the final product.

It makes you wonder how many movies you’ve watched and didn’t know who is breaking bones, tearing themselves apart, or about to die while filming. So, to rectify that curiosity before it gets to you, here are 10 scenes — featuring elves, smokers, spies, and sex addicts — where the actors really weren’t faking it.

In 2006, Knocked Up director Judd Apatow took his cast – including some of stoner comedy’s biggest names in Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr and Jay Baruchel – to Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California. to film a roller coaster sequence for anti-sex. -comedy.

While Apatow intended to put the cast to the test by having them ride the roller coaster all day, one of the cast members was a little less enthusiastic than the others. Jay Baruchel brought with him a long-held fear of theme park rides. Apatow wouldn’t accept a refusal and loaded him and the rest of the cast on one of the craziest rides in the park, spinning, rising, falling and flipping at high speed.

In the footage captured, Baruchel can be heard shouting, “I have to get down, I have to get down,” but it was far from an act. Suffering from a panic attack mid-run, he fled from the coaster as soon as he stopped, broke down crying and refused to take another lap.

Luckily for him, the cast of Knocked Up didn’t play far off type, and so Baruchel’s real fear reaction only made it into the characterization of his role – the imaginative name Jay.

Andrea G. Henderson