11 Times Actors Didn’t Just Act—They Expressed Real Emotions

It’s a well-known fact that some of the greatest performances that come from actors are ones that are grounded in acting with real emotion. Acting with emotion is no easy feat. Some of the best-trained actors in the world struggle with getting to the center of a character’s true personality.

Occasionally, actors get so caught up in the moment they are playing out, they can forget their surroundings, lose sight of what they’re doing, and on rare occurrences, they end up hurting themselves in the process.

There are many different methods for bringing a character to life through acting, but we won’t get into that today. Acting and theatre have been around since the earliest recorded histories in Ancient Greece, and will no doubt continue to be an integral part of our culture for years to come.

The following 11 actors and actresses had scenes with such raw emotion that they ended up acting with real emotion. Their expressions come through on camera, and they continue to act.

1) Charlize Theron – Snow White And The Huntsman: While filming many of her ‘screaming’ scenes during Snow White And The Huntsman, it is reported that Charlize injured several of her abdominal muscles. On top of her heavy jewelry, uncomfortable dresses, and sharp crown, her misery isn’t just acting on camera, but in actuality.

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2) Michael J. Fox – Back To The Future: Part III: During one of the takes while filming the ‘hanging scene’ when Michael J. Fox’s character “Marty McFly” goes back to the wild west to save Doc Brown, the rope reportedly malfunctioned, accidentally choking Fox. You can see his real agony during the scene which they kept in the film.

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3) Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained: During the infamous “table scene” DiCaprio slams his fist into a glass, sending shards everywhere (including his hand.) While bleeding from his wound, DiCaprio continued acting, using the cut to fuel his emotions during the scene. Talk about dedication.

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