Saturday, July 13, 2024

Oscars: “Spotlight” Actors Had to Wear Khakis and Button Down Shirts Every Day, Forget About Sleeping in A Horse Carcass


Yes, Leo, it was really cold shooting “The Revenant.” And you slept in a horse carcass.

But all the actors nominated for Oscars this year operated under tremendous duress.

The “Spotlight” cast was forced to wear khakis every day. They had to make sure they were pressed properly. They had to wear button down shirts. Have you ever seen actors when they’re not working? Khakis are anathema. They favor t shirts. If they wear dress shirts, they are never tucked in. And this went on for over 30 days.

Michael Fassbender had to wear many different kinds of eye glasses in “Steve Jobs.” Sometimes for hours on end. Also, four or five kinds of jeans. He slept in a hotel on most nights, far from home.

Bryan Cranston sat in a bathtub continuously filled with lukewarm water for “Trumbo.” He wore Salvador Dali’s mustache. He never complained once.

Matt Damon filmed in outer space. Plus he had to learn gardening. And weightlessness. He had to sleep in a crater and drink Tang.

And don’t even get me started about Eddie Redmayne. All that waxing. And constantly being mistaken for Jessica Chastain.

So, Oscar voters, consider all this when you’re voting for Best Actor. And Best Picture.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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