7 Badass Actors Who Sacrificed Their Bodies For Art

3. Ellen Sandweiss in The Evil Dead


While every aspect of this production was total hell – and lord knows Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi gave it their all – the one that really impresses is Ellen Sandweiss. She played Ash’s sister Cheryl in the film – you know, the one with the trees. There was a particular scene while shooting where she had to run over and over again through the woods. It took hours to do during what was apparent one of the coldest nights of the shoots. She ran and ran and ran in a little night gown until finally standing up and saying that she was done.

As they packed up, they only then noticed that the area she had ran was covered in her blood – as she had been cutting herself on various roots and branches the whole damn time. What amazes me is the fact that while Campbell and Raimi may have bet it all on this film – she certainly didn’t. She was just being a badass.


David is a video editor, writer, and movie fanatic. After graduating from Full Sail University he now spends his days in Western Massachusetts working as a freelance article and sketch writer, as well as a comedy workshop moderator for Cracked.com. (Click Here to View David's work on Cracked.com) He enjoys over-analyzing movies, punk rock, and referring to himself in the third person.

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