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12 Actors Who Spoiled Their Own Character's Death

Updated June 14, 2019 1.9k votes 551 voters 70.0k views12 items

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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. 

  • Harrison Ford Sort Of Spoiled Han Solo's Stabbing, With Help From Conan O'Brien
    Video: YouTube

    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."

    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
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  • Ian McShane Spoiled Brother Ray's Short Lifespan
    Video: YouTube

    Ian McShane is an HBO veteran, having played classic foul-mouthed antihero Al Swearengen in Deadwood. Fans of the charismatic actor were psyched to hear he would be appearing in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. As with most thing GoT, who he was playing and what he'd be doing were kept secret.

    That is, until McShane stated in an interview he'd bring back a character thought dead, adding, "I wasn't sure whether I could commit, but then they said it would be only one episode, so I said 'So that means I must die at the end of it. Great, I'm in.'"

    In response to the backlash of his disregard for the usually very secretive and spoiler-fearing show, McShane said, "I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think get a f*cking life! It's only tits and dragons." 

    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Blackburn, United Kingdom
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  • Patrick Stewart Spoiled Xavier's Brutal Death
    Video: YouTube

    Like Hugh Jackman, who spoiled Wolverine's fate in Logan, Patrick Stewart was a mainstay of the X-Men franchise for 17 years. When it came time to end Logan's run, Stewart chimed in "I'm done too. It's all over." He also said, while discussing the end of the film in the interview above, "Charles's story is over by then, though I can't go into details." Not an explicit spoiler, but pretty obvious. 

    While touting the film as Jackman's last appearance as Wolverine served as an effective marketing tactic, Stewart's reinforcement made it clear that in an age in which sequels are inevitable, the only way out is death. 

    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Mirfield, United Kingdom
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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.

    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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