2. Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot

We all knew he’d be on this list at some point. Daniel Day-Lewis is crazy for method acting. When Day-Lewis dresses up as a ghost for Halloween he has a doctor medically stop his heart first just to see what it’s like to be dead. Day-Lewis once played “peek-a-boo” with his kid and had to be hospitalized for pouring a quart of bleach in his eyes to simulate the effect of not seeing.

To play the role of Christy Brown in My Left Foot, the actor clearly knew the answer was to act completely paralyzed the same way his character was. He had himself hunched in a wheelchair and insisted on being carried around at all times as well as spoon-fed by the crew. I’ve heard a story of his agent storming out of the set because he couldn’t deal with his bullshit. After all – spoon-feeding isn’t usually a crew job. And apparently Day-Lewis ended up damaging two ribs because of it all. Turns out it’s not healthy to remain hunched in a wheelchair all the time if you don’t actually have to be there.


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