Actors Who Went To Extreme Lengths to Prepare for Roles
Tippi Hedrin, “The Birds” (1963)
Alfred Hitchcock’s “Birds” no longer arouse the horror of their debut 50 years ago, but the backstage of the film has caused goose bumps. “Tippi Hedren herself appeared in the bird attack scenes, where preparations were made to close crows and crows in a room. That the frightened birds would not fly away too far, they would be tied with strings to the body of the actress, and Hitchcock was able to do everything to fulfill his film vision.
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (2008)
Before work on the Dark Knight began, Ledger decided to lock himself in a hotel room to get ready for the role. He stayed there for almost six weeks, learning every horrifying tick, refining Joker’s penetrating voice and training to enter into the crazed state of mind that the Joker possessed. He had a diary filled with pictures of playing cards, brutal scenes from comic books about Batman, photos of hyenas, photos Alex DeLarge from “Mechanical Orange” and sadistic news from the real world, to be mentally prepared to prepare for the role. As you can see, his efforts paid off: he created one of the most frightening, and at the same time best-mapped Jokers in history.
Adrien Brody, The Pianist (2002)
A veritable madness can be called the dedication Adrien Brody, who while working on the role in the film “The Pianist”, decided to get rid of any comfort in your life. The actor sold the flat, the car and moved to Europe, and also abandoned his longtime partner to recreate the emotional state of Wladyslaw Szpilman.