You know what sucks? Watching a movie or TV show when you already know a major plot point that was supposed to be a secret. You can blame a fair number of day-ruining reveals on actors who spoiled their character deaths, but then, can you really blame the actor? Between talk shows, press tours, and social media, it's a shock any movie or show manages to keep a lid on spoilers. Especially when every interviewer and question seem intent on peeling away any and all mystery that an upcoming release may hold. Perhaps the real surprise is that there aren't more actors who ruined their character's death.
On top of the press blitzes, you've got the Sherlock Holmes-level of sleuthing that occurs online to analyze the slightest of details in interviews, trailers, publicity stills, and set photos no one was supposed to see before a movie came out. To be fair, most actors who spoil death scenes aren't doing so by revealing clues some obsessive blogger decodes; they just kind of spill the beans without really being prompted. But it's gotta be tiring to do multiple interviews every day for weeks or months, while traveling around the world. Something's bound to slip out at some point. Actors who spoiled their deaths need empathy more than ire.
Hollywood legend Harrison Ford has played one of the most totemic characters in cinema since 1977 (Han Solo, in case you were wondering). For some time, he's been vocal about his desire to kill Han Solo in a manner that would provide a fitting send off.
In 2015, Ford appeared, along with JJ Abrams, on Conan to promote The Force Awakens. He reiterated his desire to kill the character in a meaningful way that would lend gravitas to his journey, and mentioned having harbored this wish since Return of the Jedi. Conan offered perhaps even more damning spoilers by leading into questions about Ford's wish by saying "Harrison, you've tried for years to get the character of Han Solo killed. You went out of your way to kill Han Solo."
Date Born: 1942
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I Am Legend is one in a long line of film adaptations of a novel of the same name, released in 1954. Given the two high-profile direct film adaptations and many iterations on the same theme (28 Days Later, for example), Will Smith apparently assumed everyone already knew the fate of his character. That's the only reasonable explanation for why the Fresh Prince gave away the ending of the film at a press conference in Tokyo, resulting in the film's producer and co-screenwriter Akiva Goldsman pleading, "Don't give away the ending!"
Not that it mattered. The film made nearly $600 million worldwide anyway.
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Samuel L Jackson is one of the most successful actors of all time. Between the Marvel franchise and the Star Wars prequels, the man rakes in dough. When Jackson was asked, prior to Episode III's release, what fate awaited his character, he replied "Dying!" before adding that he made George Lucas promise his character wouldn't go out "like some bitch." Never change, Sam, never change.
In Jackson's defense, he didn't see his reveal as a spoiler. As Jackson explained, “Well, when number four starts there are only, what, four Jedi left. There’s Luke, Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Darth Vader, is it? Everybody else has been assassinated, killed, wiped out, something."
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Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
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This is an interesting example of how spoiling a character's death, or at the very least hinting HARD at it, can actually improve a film by increasing audience anticipation and creating a narrative of completeness and closure. Hugh Jackman's 17-year tenure as Wolverine came to an end with Logan. Since ol' Wolvie barely ages, it became clear during Jackman's press tour for the film the only way for the actor to walk away would be to kill the character.
After months of discussing the finality of Logan without explicitly spoiling anything, Jackman revealed Wolverine's fate in an interview with Entertainment Weekly conducted before the film's release and published a day after it arrive in theaters: “As soon as I saw the script, I got it. Logan is someone who is most scared of intimacy, and so he wants to be alone and do things for himself. The idea that, in the end, he must give his life to save someone else… I thought that was really powerful.”
Date Born: 1968
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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