While blockbuster movies and record-shattering television shows provide endless entertainment, they come with a terrible menace every viewer does their best to avoid: the dreaded spoiler. In the age of binge watching, immediate analysis, endless hot takes, and comments sections, it has become almost impossible to avoid spoilers. Every discussion board or conversation with a friend is a potential minefield in which you could have a shocking twist ruined for you.
Even if you take utmost care to avoid Facebook, friends, and reviews until you've seen a movie or caught up with a show, you might not be able to avoid spoilers revealed by actors. Plot points ruined by stars aren't done so in an intentionally malicious way. Instead, actors make honest mistakes, blunders that were meant as innocent remarks. But that doesn't stop them from being devastating to any fans who happen to catch them. After all, it's difficult enough to avoid having the end of your favorite show revealed by friends without having to also watch out for the stars themselves. Hopefully, other celebrities will learn from these actors who accidentally revealed spoilers.
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Anne Hathaway had an embarrassing moment on Late Night with David Letterman while promoting The Dark Knight Rises. Letterman, wily minx that he is, spontaneously announced Batman dies in the film in the middle of the interview. Hathaway proceeded to freeze up, then chastise him as she realized this was something of a spoiler for anyone who might be watching. When the talk show king revealed Bruce Wayne doesn't really die, it helped fans discover the twist ending before they had seen the film.4812Was this a major spoiler?
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Arguably the biggest secret in the history of cinema was Darth Vader being Luke Skywalker’s father. The reveal took fans completely by surprise when The Empire Strikes Back released. Yet David Prowse, who physically portrayed Darth Vader (James Earl Jones provided his voice), spoiled the big surprise (maybe accidentally?) two years before the film even arrived in cinemas.
Speaking to fans at an event in Berkeley, California, the actor discussed the upcoming movie and how Luke would find out Vader was his "long lost father." The information was reported in a local newspaper in 1978, and didn't receive any additional press. What's more, as iO9 points out, Prowse may not have even known this information to be true, and was perhaps just being silly to appease the crowd; the script for Empire included nothing about Luke's parentage - these lines were allegedly added only for James Earl Jones when he recorded Darth Vader's lines. Which may not really make sense, because Luke has a strong reaction to this information. Unless maybe Mark Hamill's close ups were filmed much later?4314Was this a major spoiler?
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What made this spoiler unique was that it came about before The Hateful Eight had even been filmed. Writer-director Quentin Tarantino passed an early draft of the script to Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, and Michael Madsen, actors he trusted and had worked with before, only to have it leak. The betrayal led Tarantino to shelve the project, although he came back to it a few months later. It was never discovered who leaked the script, though Tarantino suspects it was either Madsen's or Dern's agent.2916Was this a major spoiler?
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Daniel Newman, who plays a character called Daniel in AMC’s The Walking Dead, may have revealed a major spoiler for the eighth season of the show. The actor posted a picture on Instagram of him alongside Andrew Lincoln on set. Problem was, the photograph appeared to show character Rick Grimes in The Sanctuary, a location he has never visited before. While Newman deleted the post soon after it went up, fans speculate Rick would find his way to The Sanctuary, and as-of-yet unrevealed plot point.2512Was this a major spoiler?