What Actors And Actresses Said About Filming In Places They Hated

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One of the best things about becoming a professional actor is that you get to film in a wide variety of locales. While plenty of movies are shot on sound stages, just as many get shot on location - even if that location isn't necessarily the same one depicted on film. Sure, there are movies that wind up shooting in Hawaii, so the folks involved can enjoy the Aloha State, but that sort of thing only happens occasionally - unless you're Adam Sandler.

For most actors, the reality of the business has them wind up in all sorts of destinations to film a movie, and sometimes, those places aren't as lovely as they look on film. Idyllic jungles and beautiful mountains may appear inviting on the silver screen, but the people who actually had to slog it out on location may despise them. Whether it's the constant threat from mosquitos, dangerous filming conditions, or when freezing to death becomes an actual possibility, the celebrities on this list came to hate filming all around the world.


  • Anthony Daniels Felt He Was Being ‘Baked Alive’ In Tunisia
    Photo: Star Wars / 20th Century Fox

    Anthony Daniels is one of the most well-known actors in the industry, but you'd be forgiven for not recognizing him walking down the street. That's because, unlike anyone else, he's the only actor to appear in every one of the Star Wars franchise films - but he did it in costume. Daniels is none other than everyone's favorite protocol droid, C-3PO, and he's spent a lot of time in that costume. He had several problems working on the films, but the worst came when filming for A New Hope in the Tunisian desert. The production suffered numerous problems due to the location, but Daniels likely experienced it much differently.

    In his memoir, I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story, Daniels wrote about working in Tunisia, and it's clear he didn't have a great time. The C-3PO suit was the primary problem, as it impeded his movement. He was a serious fall risk while wearing it, and he nearly suffocated in it as well. The tiny slit for his mouth was the only air hole available - suboptimal anywhere, but especially when trekking in a hot climate. Ultimately, the heat of the desert, together with a battery pack malfunction, caused him to be nearly "baked alive."

    Daniels also felt that the crew sometimes forgot there was a live person inside the robot suit. To remind them, he distributed matchboxes with the words “3PO IS HUMAN!” written on them.

    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Salisbury, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: England
    • Characters: Dontae, Pathologist, Colonel Donald Humphries
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Said Shooting ‘The Revenant’ In Canada Was ‘A Battle… Not To Get Hypothermia’
    Photo: The Revenant / 20th Century Fox

    Leonardo DiCaprio has been a significant player in Hollywood since childhood. Despite being in some of the most successful and critically acclaimed films for years, he went most of his life without a little gold statue. He won numerous awards, but it wasn't until his work in The Revenant that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed him with an Oscar. While many of his previous movies could have granted him the honor, that was the one that finally clinched it, and given what the man had to go through, he definitely earned his Academy Award.

    The Revenant was shot in remote areas of Alberta, Canada, which created many challenges. Putting aside the fact that there was no cellular signal and bears were a legitimate threat, the cold presented the biggest challenge. As DiCaprio described it: "Every day was a battle for myself and a lot of other people not to get hypothermia." Director Alejandro Iñárritu had to concede that production hit a snag when temperatures reached -40 F, forcing production to shut down for five weeks. DiCaprio described what brought that on:

    We were supposed to do a scene with my son as he’s praying for me. And it hit 40 below zero. At that point, we couldn’t really open our eyes. And our fingers locked together and the camera gear locked together, and I just looked at Alejandro and said, "I’m all for enduring realism but there comes a point when nothing is operable."

    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Characters: Kid Fighting Scout, Garry Buckman-Lampkin, Mason Capwell
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Said Making ‘Predator’ In Mexico Was A ‘Survival Story’
    Photo: Predator / 20th Century Fox

    It didn't take Arnold Schwarzenegger long to go from champion bodybuilder to one of the world's most in-demand actors. He made a huge impact in The Terminator, and from there, he was action movie gold. He spent most of the 1980s filming iconic action/sci-fi films, and one of the best has got to be Predator.

    The movie centers around Schwarzenegger's John Dutch and his squad of mercenaries in the jungle as they fight to survive the eponymous monster hunting him. It's also where his oft-quoted "get to the choppa" line comes from, so even if you haven't seen it, you've likely heard it at one point or another.

    Predator had a relatively difficult time in production, as problems with the first costume didn't work out (neither did its occupant, Jean-Claude Van Damme). Still, the biggest challenge was the location, because working in a hot, wet, insect-ridden jungle is never easy. In a 1987 interview with Cinefantastique, Schwarzenegger described the Mexican jungle as terrible, saying he was "...always on a hill. One leg down, one leg up." He and many others in the cast and crew described the shoot as a "survival story" because it presented so many dangers and complications.

    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Thal, Styria, Austria
    • Nationality: Austria, United States of America
    • Characters: Baron von Steubern, X-Con, Josef Schmidt, Muscleman
  • 'Fitzcarraldo' Director Werner Herzog Described The Peruvian Jungle As 'Vile And Debased'
    Photo: Fitzcarraldo / Filmverlag der Autoren

    Sometimes, a film is shot in a location a few people enjoy, while in others, the entire cast and crew have a miserable time. That's the case for Fitzcarraldo, a Werner Herzog movie released in 1982 that centers around a tycoon whose determination to haul a steamship over a mountain in the jungle causes no end of problems. Herzog decided the best way to film it was to do it, so he recreated the feat. The cast and crew had to literally haul a ship weighing 320 tons through the Peruvian jungle, and everyone hated it.

    Among the major mishaps: original star Jason Robards had to leave after getting sick with dysentery (Klaus Kinski replaced him), and a crew member had to amputate his own foot after a venomous snake bit him. Mosquitos became an ongoing problem, and issues with the locals led to the burning down of the filmmakers' camp, complete with death threats. All of this made filming in Peru one of the worst experiences for everyone, including Herzog, who said: 

    I have a very stark view of the jungle. I think the jungle is vile and debased and full of lewdness and obscenity.

    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: Munich, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Characters: The German, Glass Transporter, Spectator, Face, The Father
  • Richard Jenkins Didn't Enjoy 'Freezing' While Filming 'The Shape Of Water' Scenes In Toronto
    Photo: The Shape of Water / Fox Searchlight Pictures

    Richard Jenkins is one of those actors most people know, even if they've never heard his name. That's because he's been in a ton of movies and TV shows, primarily in supporting roles. Still, he's incredibly talented, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Olive Kitteridge and earning two Academy Award nominations: one for Best Actor in The Visitor and one for Best Supporting Actor in The Shape of Water. It was in the latter that Jenkins had the opportunity to work with Guillermo del Toro, and it's also the one he hated filming in Toronto.

    In an interview with Variety, Jenkins discussed Nightmare Alley, another film he did with the famous director. While he had nothing but good things to say about del Toro and the process, he couldn't help but explain how much he dislikes del Toro's penchant for cold filming locations:

    He's always fun to work with except that he likes water and he likes cold. In The Shape of Water, we were wet the whole time, and in this one, we shot in the snow in Toronto; it was freezing. Guillermo would be out there without a jacket on, and we'd be running for cover to get warm.

    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Characters: Devine, Honorable Emmett Cook, Psychiatrist, Speaker of the House, Håkan
  • Laurence Fishburne Said Sydney, Australia, Had A Racist Vibe That ‘Cannot Be Described’
    Photo: The Matrix / Warner Bros.

    Laurence Fishburne has been acting professionally since 1975. Four years later, he lied about his age to land a role in Apocalypse Now (he was 14, but thanks to the long production, he was 18 by the end).

    Since then, he's appeared in dozens of major movies and franchises, but it was his turn as Morpheus in The Matrix franchise that brought him to the attention of a whole new generation. You wouldn't know to look at the movie - unless you're from there - but most of its external shots were in and around Sydney, Australia. The cast and crew spent a considerable amount of time in the city for all three movies, and Fishburne didn't have the best experience.

    He's spoken about the racism he felt while living in the area, comparing it to the same "vibe" of 1950s America. He described the impression he got while feeling isolated on his first day in Sydney: "There were some experiences that I had and more so than experiences, there's a vibe, there's a vibration, there's a feeling."

    During a promotional tour for The Matrix: Reloaded, the press asked if he felt racism, and he quickly replied, "Yeah." He also discussed how three Black members of his staff felt the same way:

    The only way for you to really get (understand) this is you need to go to a country where there is nothing but black people and you need to be there for a month-and-a-half or two months and you need to be in a room one day when you are the only white person in a room and then you'll get it.

    But you won't get it by me telling you "Oh, this happened or that happened" because nothing awful happened and nobody called me a bad name or any of that s**t. What I'm talking about is something that cannot be described, it can only be experienced.

    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Characters: Prison Guard, David Mukende, Corporal Dorsey, Maurice Haynes, Casey Taylor