Leonardo DiCaprio cut his hand while the cameras were rolling on the set of Django Unchained and kept moving through the scene, never breaking character, and his real-life bloodied hand made it into the final version of the film. During one take of that scene, DiCaprio unintentionally slammed his hand into glass, creating a gash that later required stitches. But that didn’t stop him from doing his job. As his hand bled quite visibly, DiCaprio kept going, even using the hand as a new dramatic prop. At one point he smears his bloodied hand over Broomhilda’s face in an act of evil dominance. And Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) looks horrified as he does it. (Perhaps Washington wasn’t acting!) And that was the take that director Quentin Tarantino kept in the film. (Source)
After discovering a pile of corpses at the scene of the Uruk-hai massacre in The Two Towers, Viggo Mortensen kicked an Orc’s helmet in rage and broke two of his toes; which is part of the reason why he falls to his knees, crying out.
“Normally, an actor would yell ‘Ow!’ if they hurt themselves,” said Peter Jackson. “Viggo turned a broken toe into a performance.”
Les Mis’s rotten reviews aren’t just bad
they’re fucking brutal
Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, 1946.
Cianfrance was adamant not to let production designers dig the hole for Ryan in the scene where Dean is burying his dog. Ryan dug it himself and an hour and a half later, “when he was done digging the hole, he broke down. And that was an unscripted scene, him crying at the table. He was actually so emotional and what he told me afterwards was that, that process tricked his body because his body was so exhausted and his body didn’t know that that wasn’t his dog. His body just buried his dog, and his body reacted in that way.”