With all the glamor that comes with the territory, it’s easy to forget that professional acting is a tough – if slightly overpaid – gig. But a tough gig can become outright torturous when wearing 50 pounds of makeup, a corset that squeezes your guts like a toothpaste tube, or prosthetics so suffocating that you need military training to endure them. Without a doubt, then, these 20 actors suffered greatly for their art.
20. John Rhys-Davies as Gimli (The Lord of the Rings)
Ever notice how grouchy dwarf Gimli seemed to get increasingly angry with each successive Lord of the Rings movie? Well, maybe that had something do with the fact that John Rhys-Davies was in perpetual suffering. His makeup took five hours to put on and caused him constant allergic reactions. In fact, his experience was so bad that it put him off ever starring in the franchise again. So it’s no wonder that, after the last day of shooting, the actor actually set his prosthetics alight as an act of vengeance!
19. Michael Chiklis as The Thing (Fantastic Four)
Michael Chiklis is a fairly burly guy, but his natural frame has nothing on the rock-bound body of The Thing. And so, to bulk up, the actor initially had to endure over five hours of makeup – though they did get it down to one and a half eventually. Chiklis later revealed, “I dealt with it through comedy. I end up ranting schtick and making them laugh while they attack me physically.”