It’s almost always the case that when you see drunk characters in film and on television, the actors are just quite good at pretending to be drunk. But every once in a while, an actor will legitimately get wasted before shooting begins, and the reason they look so drunk on screen is that they actually are.
Other times, actors drink before scenes where their characters aren’t even supposed to be intoxicated. Maybe they needed something to calm their nerves, or maybe they hate the movie so much that they drink to get through the terrible experience.
There are a lot of rumors out there about the star imbibing in some adult beverages before filming famous movie scenes. But here are some cases where the actors themselves have actually admitted to drinking on set.
1. Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo — Super Mario Bros.
Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo were as unhappy with the disastrous 1993 movie Super Mario Bros. as anyone else. Leguizamo, who played Luigi, has repeatedly said that he and Hoskins hated the experience so much that they drank all throughout filming.
“We were drinking too much because we were all miserable,” Leguizamo told Vulture. “So we drank a lot between takes.”
Later, Bob Hoskins said in a 2007 interview, “The worst thing I ever did? Super Mario Bros. It was a f***in’ nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare.”
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