Times Method Actors Took Things Way Too Far

  • Published on Jul 30, 2018
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    Whenever an actor decides to use "the method" approach to a role, it usually ends up making headlines. The process of an actor really getting their head inside a character has made for some jaw-dropping performances, and some shocking behind-the-scenes tales. Here are just a few times method actors have taken things too far for a part…
    Adrien Brody | 0:20
    Jim Carrey | 1:40
    Nicolas Cage | 3:24
    Christian Bale | 4:25
    Martin Sheen | 5:38
    Matt Damon | 6:46
    Daniel Day-Lewis | 7:25
    Ashton Kutcher | 7:59
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  • Looper
    Looper  Year ago +386

    What other instances of method acting should've made this list?

    • Maria Iskandar
      Maria Iskandar 29 days ago

      Tom hardy in Stuart a life backwards.

    • Aimee Oswald
      Aimee Oswald Month ago

      ​@David Jones Dude, this has already been commented in this reply thread 6 months ago. Yet people, like you, keep repeating the same thing. Idiots.

    • heydontbeadouche
      heydontbeadouche 2 months ago

      Bill Murray and Johnny Depp playing Hunter S. Thompson. I know there are stories there.

    • Geo Bo
      Geo Bo 2 months ago +1

      Charlize Theron's portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster" was among the best examples of method acting I've ever seen... It's a travesty that it wasn't included in this video.

    • Jenie Michael
      Jenie Michael 3 months ago +1

      hey uh why is there not one single woman in this video??? meryl streep/angelina jolie/jessica chastain/anne hathaway/natalie portman/chloe sevigny/rooney mara/kate winslet/michelle williams/charlize theron??

  • Rahul Rahul
    Rahul Rahul 2 days ago

    Wtf why not Heath ledger 😡

  • I make house calls UKdoctor

    Jim Carrey needs mental health help. Such a creep

  • General. Goods
    General. Goods 22 days ago +1

    Adrien Brody is amazing, you guy should see him plays Luca Changretta in Peaky Blinders

  • ischaffee
    ischaffee 24 days ago

    totally left out Castaway with Tom Hanks.. he dropped a ton of weight and was so believalbe as someone who had been living on a desert island

  • Victor Haskel
    Victor Haskel 25 days ago

    Can another actor answer this please : do they really need to do it 24/24 ? Could they not just get into the character when shooting ? Never acted, dunno.

  • gurozawa
    gurozawa 25 days ago

    that WŁADYSŁAW intake, yeah i could never tell

  • Maria Iskandar
    Maria Iskandar 29 days ago

    They should have mentioned Tom hardy instead of Ashton Kutcher. Tom hardy is a phenomenal actor in Stuart a life backwards, warrior and Bronson .

  • Moana of Motunui
    Moana of Motunui Month ago

    uhhhh Heath Ledger??

  • Achilles
    Achilles Month ago +1

    Putting Ashton Kutcher alongside actors like Daniel Day Lewis and Christian Bale is not just to them.

  • Bryan Kanale
    Bryan Kanale Month ago

    I heard Leo DiCaprio did 20 kilos of cocaine each day, shot up heroin 5 times per day, smoke marijuana for 10 hours each day and slept with 3 prostitutes every night in order to prepare for THE WOLF OF WALLSTREET.

  • jerico641
    jerico641 Month ago

    There are two films about Steve Jobs, right? I heard one is great and one sucked; anybody know which is which?

  • emily ö
    emily ö Month ago +1

    i’ve always really looked up to jim

  • Droopydj1
    Droopydj1 Month ago

    Last Tango in Paris was tough tho

  • The Truth is only Perspective

    Jim Carey.... stop ffs

  • Madmartigan326
    Madmartigan326 Month ago

    Did you say cadaver when you meant to say corpse? Does youtube not like that word? I know what the word means, but cadaver sort of implies that its a body that will be or is being used for science. If you meant to say corpse.... Maybe 'body' would have been more appropriate

  • Rep Ninja
    Rep Ninja Month ago

    Ahem Jared leto

  • malang Sob
    malang Sob Month ago

    Adrien Brody could smell a penny under a boulder from a mile away.

  • Talon Gregory
    Talon Gregory Month ago

    Christian Bale was in "Backseat"?

    • Talon Gregory
      Talon Gregory Month ago

      Did they screw up or does "Vice" have a different name?

  • Leo Klaus
    Leo Klaus Month ago

    i love jim carry but what he did for men on the moon was not method acting it was just being an asshole.

  • Kimberley Searching

    Nicolas Cage started off so promising! I was blown away by Birdy! Now he’s in every other Netflix piece of crap!
    Then again .. Matthew Modine was amazing in that movie too.. yet his career went absolutely nowhere. 🤷‍♀️

  • Phalyn Williams
    Phalyn Williams Month ago

    Adam Brody is fabulous!

  • brutus brutalis
    brutus brutalis Month ago

    Oy vey

  • akash samant
    akash samant Month ago

    I think you missed heath ledger

  • Uno Amongmany
    Uno Amongmany Month ago

    Such a good actor and babe too. But, somethings wrong to make your body like this for the money. Something wrong.

  • Hɪɢʜᴡᴀʏ Tᴇʀʀᴏʀɪsᴛ

    Where's Archibald Chesterfield the third?

  • DamageIncM
    DamageIncM Month ago

    9:06 Just sounds like Ashton Kutcher... Or Michael from That '70s Show...
    So, whatever...

  • Swiatlocien
    Swiatlocien Month ago

    Guy on the internet: Pronounces Polish name correctly
    Me: (O_O)

  • Nathan Boyle
    Nathan Boyle Month ago

    Well, you don't have to put Oldman here as an exceptional example, as if he discovered America, because many actors think so. Bale said this about acting as well, that ''it's just a job''. But the same time, he just wants to give 1000%, all he has and for that I admire the guy. My fav Bale quotes: [on being called a 'star'] I'm embarrassed when people say things such as 'star'. It's so vacuous. What if it was the apocalypse right now? What use would I be to anybody? Most people have definite skills but I'd be going 'Yeah, you know what? I'm going to pretend to be somebody else'. That's a great leveller. Ultimately, I'm useless.
    [on Mroczny rycerz (2008)] Many times, I'll work with actors and I can tell they're thinking: "What are you doing? Why are you going that far with it?" or "You're nuts!". With [Heath Ledger], I could feel him going: "I love it!".

  • Task4ce534
    Task4ce534 2 months ago

    He disconnected his cell phone?! Omg, such sacrifice. Such dedication.

  • Mark T.
    Mark T. 2 months ago

    Vincent D'Onofrio changed so much between "Adventures in Babysitting" and "Full Metal Jacket," both made in 1987, it's hard to believe you're seeing the same person. (The movies are radically different too.)

  • Tom Farland
    Tom Farland 2 months ago

    How about Shia Labeouf refusing to take a bath for weeks and even pulling out a tooth while on set for the movie Fury

  • jataimvu
    jataimvu 2 months ago

    Well, I am going to add Heath Ledger,(as literally-everyone already has), but not just for "The Joker" character in "The Dark Knight" but look and mention at least one of his other works where he is "BRILLIANT"! His portrayal as "Ennis Del Mar" in "Brokeback Mountain" ??? And come on Morgan "Freak' n Freeman-that guy played God-he makes everyone a better actor- Then of course you Meryl Streep who takes down all these guys. Actually, I would love to see how a Daniel Day-Lewis/Meryl Streep movie would go????

  • Ben Merzouk
    Ben Merzouk 2 months ago

    Heath Ledger. Must. Be. On. This. List.

  • Marcel Zachary
    Marcel Zachary 2 months ago

    Method acting can be dangerous if not done safely or right.

  • Jackson Maxwell
    Jackson Maxwell 2 months ago

    Get high then watch the Nick cage "my eyes" u won't be sorry

  • Jackson Maxwell
    Jackson Maxwell 2 months ago

    Sssssssssssssooooo Charles Manson Jim Carrey is

  • Shadow Taka
    Shadow Taka 2 months ago

    Christian bale is goat

  • lithium
    lithium 2 months ago +1

    lol Jobs sucked, they really put Ashton Kutcher in because he became a fruitarian instead of putting in Heath Ledger?

  • lee wightman
    lee wightman 2 months ago

    Michael Fassbender in hunger was mad

  • Alex K.
    Alex K. 2 months ago +4

    Kutcher bought an iphone to better understand his role

  • Amanda Beaty
    Amanda Beaty 2 months ago +2

    His pancreas levels?! What the hell does that mean?

  • Mikropono
    Mikropono 2 months ago

    Mike Myers in Austin Powers...cant say who's who.

  • Goat Sauce
    Goat Sauce 2 months ago

    Ight unpopular opinion but Ashton Kutcher is insanely underrated as an actor

  • crutcher1572
    crutcher1572 3 months ago

    This is when Jim Carrey started losing his damn mind. Now he’s just bat shit crazy.

  • Butt Head
    Butt Head 3 months ago


  • NoLimitDennis
    NoLimitDennis 3 months ago

    Buying houses is the best thing you can do with ur money

  • Jenie Michael
    Jenie Michael 3 months ago

    hey uh why is there not one single woman in this video??? meryl streep/angelina jolie/jessica chastain/anne hathaway/natalie portman/chloe sevigny/rooney mara/kate winslet/michelle williams/charlize theron??

  • MR Min
    MR Min 3 months ago

    If someone different from you and doesn't have your thoughts it doesn't mean that he is insane, don't compare theothers with your self. I'm talking about Jim

  • carl ruppersburg
    carl ruppersburg 3 months ago

    Method Acting isn't acting. If I become Andy Kaufman for the role then I am not acting. If I stop eating and throw up after meals for the role of Karen Carpenter, I am not acting. Too much hype about method acting - sell the idea through the art of acting and not becoming something else.

  • Noah Voegtly
    Noah Voegtly 3 months ago

    arent you forgetting about the joker from batman?

  • Dennis Tedder
    Dennis Tedder 3 months ago

    Aww, these stars have it so tough.

  • ALLY S
    ALLY S 3 months ago +2

    The Jim Carrey- Andy Kaufman story may have been a little creepy but it shows true dedication. Crazy how Jim referred to himself playing Andy as “Andy” many years later. 😳

  • Quape
    Quape 4 months ago

    Only men?

  • baw0909
    baw0909 4 months ago

    What 2018 Christian Bale movie was mentioned where he shaved his head a gained weight? He played Cheney in "Vice" in 2018 but that was not the movie mentioned in this video.

  • oscar g
    oscar g 4 months ago +1

    andy sucked

  • emraan hashmi
    emraan hashmi 4 months ago

    Christian bale is master of acting
    Better than leo and many other actors

  • ashley klotz
    ashley klotz 4 months ago +2

    The Pianist really is one of the best movies I've ever seen, he did an amazing job

  • Brock
    Brock 4 months ago

    I just watched the Machinist and Christian Bale's dedication to his weight loss is amazing, he looks like a fucking zombie in that film and it makes things much more immersive. Its crazy he was willing to go through that torture for a relatively small movie

  • Jane Adams
    Jane Adams 4 months ago

    Gaining and losing weight like Christian Baol can cause permanent underlying problems.

  • T.H.C Mcgee
    T.H.C Mcgee 4 months ago

    Took it to far? Money money money money moneeeeey

  • baby caleb
    baby caleb 4 months ago

    Thats why hollywood actors are great, compare to Filipino actors who will do a fucking role by just reading a script and not really immersing into the character experiences.

    • Le scary dog Appears
      Le scary dog Appears 4 months ago

      baby caleb lmao dude their earnings are far different from Hollywood actors, just like in Animation and CGI Filipinos can keep up to Hollywood films if their budget are the same

  • # Guiltless
    # Guiltless 4 months ago +1

    Those Hollywood scumbags take everything too far.💀

  • Frank Mckenzie
    Frank Mckenzie 4 months ago

    so i guess heath ledger didnt exist right

  • Kevin Lucey
    Kevin Lucey 5 months ago

    I guess Im the only one who thinks its weird and borderline crazy to find comfort in an actor "method" acting as my dead dad? that was a trip to hear lmao

  • Glitterbomb45
    Glitterbomb45 5 months ago

    Nicholas Cage is one of the worst actors known to man. He is laughable in every movie he’s in. I can’t stand him.

  • Jon Dunmore
    Jon Dunmore 5 months ago +1

    4:24 -- Shouldn't Christian Bale be at numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and Daniel Day Lewis be at numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9?

  • HeyZeus M
    HeyZeus M 5 months ago

    Thanks for disrespecting Heath Ledger in his performance as the Joker, the ultimate method acting performance that essentially cost him his life. RIP

  • Bhavika Purohit
    Bhavika Purohit 5 months ago

    U just missed greatest character of all time where is joker the great Heath Ledger

  • Taylor Noelle
    Taylor Noelle 5 months ago

    Backseat ??? I thought the movie was called Vice....

  • Dinmeraz78 B
    Dinmeraz78 B 5 months ago +1

    1. Donald Trump for The Apprentice because he hasn't stopped acting like a total idiot since.

  • Kane Campbell
    Kane Campbell 5 months ago

    Health Ledger paid the ultimate price for method acting

  • Sprszrbr
    Sprszrbr 5 months ago

    To heck with your cursed imperial units. Every each number I had to check. Srsly...

  • Jack Abbott
    Jack Abbott 5 months ago

    Heath ledger??