We know a lot about filming galleys on films and it’s often not pretty. But shooting a film lasts a few weeks, at worst a few months, at worst a few years when your name is Coppola and you like to play around with the concept of nightmare. But imagine when it’s horror on the set of a series and you have to shoot a few seasons before seeing the end of it?
1. Matthew Perry was so stoned on the set of Friends that he literally blacked out over three seasons of filming.
The actor who plays our beloved Chandler Bing has never been too secretive about his addictions. Obviously these were quite strong between season 3 and season 6: Vicodin, methadone, amphet’ and alcohol… The actor also returns to this period of which he has absolutely no memory. It’s ugly when you know that it was in these seasons that his character took on a major comic dimension.
2. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny couldn’t kill each other on the set of The X-Files
If their relationship had ups and downs over the duration of the series, it was generally not in good shape. It is even for this reason that Mulder would have left the series. Must say that the balance of power between the characters have evolved quite a bit over the seasons. While Scully had a slightly secondary status to Mulder as a Robin from Batman, the increasingly popular actress then took on more prominence on the show. He also had to fight three years to get the same salary as his male counterpart.
3. In GoT, Cersei and Bronn don’t shoot any scenes together because they’re exes, and it didn’t really end well
They may belong to the same camp, the two actors never appear on any plan together. And for good reason, it smells scorched between the two actors who went out together in 2002. For the filming of the series it posed some problems because it was necessary to compose taking into account this parameter: never having Lena Headey and Jerome Flynn in the same room.
4. On the set of The Walking Dead, relations between Frank Darabont, creator of the series and the production were rather stormy
The tensions between the creator and showrunner of the series and the production were even resolved by his early departure before the second season. But it didn’t quite happen properly. Many exchanges of emails have been made public and it does not smell like roses. One of the emails to producer Gale Ann Hurd read, “Fuck you all, for giving me chest pains because of your fucking incompetence and lack of respect and more than your arrogance for what is written and what we shoot every day. I deserve better than a heart attack” or when he mentions the camera operators “Ray Charles could do a better job”. Cute.
5. Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi hated each other on the set of The Good Wife
Like Cersei and Bronn in Got, the two actresses could not share the slightest scene on the set of the series either. Not that they were exes with a surly past, but just because they couldn’t kill each other. So much so that the creators of the series created a friendly finale at the end of season 6 with the two actresses chatting leaning on the counter. Except that everyone has grilled the trick, the two actresses were actually filmed separately and reunited by photomontage. Like what bad relationships on a set can be quite boring to manage.
6. Actress Pauley Perrette quit filming NCIS due to harassment
We had already heard some rumors on this subject but the departure of the actress seems to have confirmed these unspoken words as evidenced by her murderous tweet: “I have always supported anti-harassment programs. But now I KNOW because it concerns me! If it’s at school or at work and you have to go? It’s horrible. I left. Several physical violence. I REALLY get it now. Take care of yourself. Nothing beats your safety. Talk about it around you. »
7. Big big fight on the set of Community between creator Dan Harmon and actor Chevy Chase
Obviously the filming of the series was punctuated by the frankly borderline shouting matches between these two. Racist remarks and homophobic jokes ended with the departure of Chevy Chase, alias Pierce. The latter had already been complaining for quite some time during the filming, he even said that he regretted having accepted the role. Vibe.
8. John Belushi refused to read texts by women authors on Saturday Night Live.
It dates back a bit and in the early days of SNL, the heyday of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and of course John Belushi, women were still almost absent from the writings of the program. And for good reason, he refused to read anything from an author. Jane Curtin, who was part of the cast of SNL, told of the actor’s misogynistic outbursts, which somewhat spoiled the atmosphere of the filming.
9. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall couldn’t stand each other on the set of Sex & The City (series + movie)
Even if we never really knew the source of their discord (ASKIP a dark story of unequal remuneration between the two actresses), the shooting with the two actresses was far from easy because they had an annoying tendency to backcomb the bun. And for once, we couldn’t not have them shoot together otherwise it would shoot down the concept of the series somewhat.
10. A teenager forced to roll a clog in the final scene of season 2 of Stranger Things
The frankly comical anecdote had caused a lot of ink to flow at the time. The young actress Sadie Sink alias Max had confided that she had been forced to kiss her partner Caleb McLaughlin during the slow of the boom which closes the second season, when this scene was not in the script at the base. But that’s not the worst, the creators of the series would have even knowingly changed the script just to piss off the 15-year-old actress. And in another genre, the other actress Millie Bobby Brown, then 12 years old, confides that this scene was her first kiss of all her life and that it was a bit uncomfortable to live it in front of a team of 40 people.