5 Actors That Got Into Character In The Dumbest Ways Imaginable

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Does his portrayal of Woodcock benefit that much from countless attempts at a gusset? No, absolutely not.


For Avatar, Sam Worthington Ran Around With Nothing But A Jockstrap, A Wig, And A Bow And Arrow

Before they started shooting Avatar, James Cameron took the main cast on a camping trip in a Hawaii forest. It was supposed to be a way to let the actors get to know each other better, hear James Cameron’s ideas about Pandora and the Na’vi, and get used to living in nature (even if it was just regular old Earth nature, not Pandora). Sigourney Weaver experienced how to act like a xenobotanist in the field, finding it “invaluable.” Zoe Saldana learned about things like how close you need to be to the ground while running, and the difficulty of making a fire in the rain, calling it “the best kind of research that Jim could have provided for us.” Sam Worthington … had a different experience.

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He disappeared deep, deep into his character. He was running around the forest in a jockstrap, and a wig strapped on his head (just to make the whole effect more ridiculous, he was pasty white at the time). He also carried a bow and arrow, which he presumably did to help himself get into character, but the whole thing probably made him look like he left a very low-end Tarzan LARP and got lost.

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At least he didn’t hop with a tree branch between his legs to simulate dragon riding.

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At one point, he ran out onto a path where a guy was walking his poodle, and, for some reason, Worthington drew his bow and arrow at the poodle. James Cameron later described Worthington as “instinctively” drawing his bow and arrow and aiming at the poodle. We choose to describe it as “idiotically.” In any case, the man walking the poodle asked Worthington, “What are you doing?” and Worthington said, “We’re making a movie, mate!” Presumably, then having to explain that it wasn’t a snuff film.

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