Actors do a lot to prepare for their roles, but there’s nothing like stepping into a costume and letting the character come to life. The Academy Awards has a category for Best Costume Design because many of cinema the past and present have included some of the most beautiful and intricate costumes.
Unfortunately, some of the best ones to look at on-screen were the worst for the actors. These are some fan-favorite movie and TV costumes that gave actors a great deal of grief.
Why Everyone Needs to Appreciate C-3PO
Anthony Daniels isn’t just the voice behind the iconic character of C-3PO, but he also wore the incredibly detailed costume for all of the Star Wars films. C-3PO helped with many of the galaxy’s major battles and is fluent in over seven million forms of communication.
This character is crucial to the franchise, but Daniels didn’t have the best time inside the costume. On the first day of filming a piece of heavy metal from the suit fell off and went through his foot. Also, he could never sit down and overheated in over 100-degree weather.
You May Want to Think Twice Before Putting On The Iron Man Suit
With a name like Iron Man, audiences should expect a dramatic and sturdy superhero suit. Iron Man tells the story of a billionaire engineer named Tony Stark who creates a suit of armor to defeat evil. Robert Downey Jr. played the titular role and appeared in some Marvel cross-overs donning the high-tech power suit.
Since it’s one of the bulkiest costumes in movie history, Downey Jr. needed to get used to the miscellaneous pieces of machinery that covered the suit. He admitted to relieving himself inside it because it’s almost impossible to notice a stain.
The Hound’s Downside to Filming Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones was one of TV’s most-watched shows during its run. Audiences favored it for the scenic locations, three-dimensional characters, believable special effects, and intricate costumes. One of the most memorable characters from the show was Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane played by actor Rory McCann.
McCann stands at a whopping height of six and a half feet tall, so his costume was quite the challenge. His character was known for having burns and scars on his face, so he would spend hours getting the prosthetics done. He was also upset that he constantly had to keep his beard half-shaved.
Anne Hathaway’s Struggles with the Catwoman Costume
There have been a few women in movie history who’ve stepped into the role of Catwoman and each have played the character in their own unique way. Anne Hathaway played the 2012 version as Selina in The Dark Knight Rises. Critics claimed that Hathaway’s performance was humorous, witty, and that she was able to capture the attention of everyone in the room.
One of Hathaway’s biggest concerns was being able to fit into the black vinyl costume. She stated that she went to the gym for almost a year straight because she needed to look both skinny and muscular.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Filming Was Filled with Sweat
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originally started as comic book characters before being turned into a cartoon series, video games, toys, movies, and more. The very first film of their franchise was released in 1990 and included some extremely life-like costumes.
The project was done by the Jim Henson studio, known for creating The Muppets and Sesame Street. Each of the actors who played a turtle had to wear a 60-pound mechanical suit. They weren’t allowed to remove the heads of the costume because it slowed down filming. This caused them to sweat profusely and lose a lot of weight.
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow Costume Led Her to Hallucinate
Many Marvel characters cross over into different films within the franchise. One important character prominent within the Marvel Universe is Black Widow or Natasha Romanoff played by Scarlett Johansson. This character has appeared in Marvel films including Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America, The Winter Soldier, and Black Widow.
Even though Johansson’s costume is quite simple as a solid black jumpsuit, it still ended up causing her some problems. She complained that it was very restrictive and there was no ventilation. After filming a high-intensity scene she noticed that she was starting to hallucinate from being overheated.
George Reeves’ Insufferable Superman Suit
Superman is considered to be one of the most classic superheroes in existence. His first appearance was in a comic book published on April 18, 1938, and he has gone on to be in movies, TV shows, video games, comic books, and other merchandise. One of the first times audiences saw a live-action Superman was in Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves.
The show ran for six seasons ranging from 1952 to 1958. The classic suit was made from wool jersey and cotton muslin that caused him to sweat so much underneath that he would lose up to ten pounds a day.
Why Robin Had the Short End of the Stick on Batman
Batman is one of the oldest comic book characters in existence with his first comic book appearance dating back to 1939. Ever since then there have been numerous variations of the character in books, movies, TV, and more. One of the most prolific versions of Batman is the 1960s TV series of the same name.
Adam West and Burt Ward starred side-by-side as Batman and Robin as they battled evil in the fictional Gotham City. Ward was the most upset with his costume saying that it was too revealing. Also, the tights pulled out the hair on his legs, the mask bothered his eyelashes, and the vest punctured his chest.
Tom Holland Had to Wear Something Special During Spider-Man Filming
It can be daunting to step into a beloved character, but Tom Holland was able to bring his personality and strong acting skills to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. One thing many superhero fans probably noticed is that his suit looks like it had a makeover.
The superhero suit is sleek and simple, but it was still something that Holland despised wearing. It trapped a lot of his body heat because it was so skin tight and this required him to wear special underwear. The trickiest part for him was figuring out how he was going to use the bathroom.
Pinch Your Nose Near Chewbacca
There’s only one creature in the Star Wars universe that’s covered head-to-toe in fur. Peter Mayhew was the man who brought Chewbacca to life both on the inside and out. Chewbacca was Han Solo’s co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon known for his short temper and signature Wookiee growl.
The main aspect of the costume Mayhew disliked was its smell. It was made from real yak and mohair that absolutely stank when it got wet. Also, he tended to get overheated so much that his mask would consistently fall off until a cooling unit was installed.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze Costume Made Him Feel Blue
Arnold Schwarzenegger has played some prominent Hollywood characters, but his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in 1997’s Batman & Robin is worth seeing for his costume alone. His origin story says that an accident caused him to live in sub-zero temperatures, which turned him into a cold-hearted villain.
In order for Schwarzenegger to look blue from the inside out, he had a team of 11 people working on his suit, which took at least six hours each day. Also, he had special LED lights in his mouth that would make his teeth glow blue, but they would leak battery acid and left burn marks.
Matthew Lewis Was Self-Conscious Playing Neville Longbottom
Many of the Harry Potter characters are near and dear to fans’ hearts. This is true for their fellow Gryffindor classmate and friend, Neville Longbottom played by Matthew Lewis. Author J.K. Rowling described Neville as a clumsy and shy young man with powerful inner strength.
She also mentioned that he was more heavyset than the rest of the students, so Lewis had to wear a fat suit during the filming of the earlier movies. This caused him to feel self-conscious because the people on set and movie audiences thought that was his actual weight.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Was Torture for Jim Carrey
One of the best parts of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale of How the Grinch Stole Christmas were the beautiful illustrations that were in the original book and cartoon movie. In 2000 it was finally made into a live-action film with an extravagant set and imaginative costumes.
Jim Carrey’s Grinch outfit and makeup were by far the most intense. He spent lots of long hours before and after shooting to get in and out of the costume. It was so time-intensive and uncomfortable that he threatened to quit the film and had to be coached by a torture expert from the CIA to stay.
Violet Really Turned Violet in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Whether 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory gave you nightmares or made you want to sing along to the classic songs, it is still one of cinema’s most memorable films. Each of the characters are based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book and this is the first time they came to life on screen.
To go along with the original story each had some special costumes for filming. Denise Nickerson as Violet Beareguarde had to be able to look like a plump blueberry. She wore an inflatable two-piece Styrofoam suit and her body was painted blue. The paint ended up seeping into her pores and began to appear again months after shooting was over.
Buddy Ebsen’s Tin Man Makeup Was Toxic
The Golden Age of Hollywood included some of the best costumes in cinematic history. One of them was 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. In the film, Dorothy and her dog Toto travel to the fictional land of Oz where she meets a Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion who help her defeat a wicked witch in order to go home.
Unfortunately, the original actor who was set to play the Tin Man, Buddy Ebsen, had inhaled too much of his makeup. It contained toxic aluminum dust, thus sending Ebsen to the hospital. He was soon replaced by Jack Haley.
Popeye’s Abnormal Forearms Caused Some Issues
Popeye is one of the oldest fictional characters around, dating back to a comic strip from January 17, 1929. His character differs depending on the medium, but he’s mainly known for getting his strength through spinach and having his love interest, Olive Oyl, by his side.
Another one of Popeye’s signature character traits is his giant forearms. When Robin Williams played him in the live-action version he had to get padding tied onto his arms that would cut off his circulation. He usually couldn’t film for over a half-hour before having to get his blood recirculated.
Sloth Needed Extreme Amounts of Prosthetics
The 1980s wouldn’t have been complete without the release of Steven Spielberg’s The Goonies. The film chronicled a group of young kids who follow an ancient map in order to find a pirate’s buried treasure. Each of the characters was thoroughly developed with distinct personalities and fun costumes.
People who watched the movie as kids may have sat straight up in their seat at the first sight of Sloth. John Matuszak, a former defensive end for the Raiders, had to wear 15 layers of prosthetics for the part. This process took about five hours to apply and he also had to navigate the motorized eyes and ears that were built into his mask.
How Ralph Fiennes Stayed In Character While Playing Voldemort
Harry Potter and his friends had to face off against numerous villains throughout the franchise, but the most malicious of all was Lord Voldemort. He had it out for Harry since the very beginning, which influenced the entire plot of the books and films.
Ralph Fiennes was able to channel his anger for Harry through his hatred of his costume. He was required to wear white makeup, latex coverings over his eyebrows, and fake teeth. The long hours in the makeup chair made him irritable and not want to play a character with special effects ever again.
The Many Sacrifices Doug Jones Endured For Amphibian Man
There were many reasons that The Shape of Water won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, but one may be the exquisite costume worn by Doug Jones as Amphibian Man. The story follows a janitor at a top-secret research facility during the 1960s who develops a relationship with an unusual creature in captivity.
Jones had some previous experience wearing monster costumes, but this one took it to a new level. The entire look took about three hours to apply and included motorized gills on his neck. He also only had one flap on the front of his costume for restroom use during 18-hour workdays.
Bill the Pony Wasn’t A Real Horse
Following the success of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novels, The Lord of the Rings film franchise was created. These fantasy adventure movies were made with huge budgets, became some of the longest films in history, and came with original and imaginative costumes.
Throughout the film series, one of the main characters brings his pony named Bill along for the journey. Since a real horse couldn’t film all of the scenes they brought in actors who would fit inside a horse suit. They could barely see where they were going, they fell over and got stuck numerous times, and were almost always overheated.