Method acting isn’t uncommon in cinema. Indeed, many actors hurl themselves into roles with such aplomb that they almost disappear into them. For the most part, however, they come out the other side unscathed. Still, every now and again, either because of their dedication to their craft or the conditions on set, some lasting damage is done to stars when they embark upon certain movie roles. Whether they change psychologically or physically, they are never the same again afterward. And in the case of these ten actors, some of their parts ended up shaping who they became as people afterwards – for better or worse…
10. Shelley Duvall – The Shining
There are many ways by which to coax an actor into looking convincingly terrified on screen – from strong motivation to an intense shooting environment. But Shelley Duvall was genuinely terrified as Wendy Torrance in The Shining because Stanley Kubrick put her through hell.
You see, Kubrick not only kept Duvall away from the rest of the cast, but he also told the crew not to sympathize with her. The legendary director even shot one take featuring Duvall an infamous 127 times. And it seems as if Kubrick’s demands may have had a lasting effect on the actress. Apparently, as neighbors in her home town of Blanco, Texas, told the Globe in 2009, she can still be seen walking around “looking disheveled, strange and totally crazy.”