We tend to think actors are invincible, but they can and do get injured on-set. While you might assume that the stunts we see on the big screen don’t actually hurt the actors because they’re performed in a controlled environment, that’s not the case – and these actors are proof.
Many of our favorite actors have permanent damage (whether emotional or physical) thanks to on-set accidents. Brendan Fraser’s injuries were so severe they kept him in and out of the hospital for seven years. If there was an award for “most pain or damage incurred for a role” at the Oscars, these actors would’ve won.
Tom Hanks In Castaway
While Tom Hanks isn’t necessarily known to lose himself in the role that he’s playing, he has gone to extremes on a few occasions. One of those was when he starred in the movie Castaway and lost an insane amount of weight. He was malnourished and lost weight at a pace he never had before during the shooting of the film.
Hanks thinks that losing that weight and then having to gain it back quickly after, along with being “genetically inclined” may have been contributing factors to being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Hanks says he probably won’t be taking on a role like that again.