Ever wondered how thespians behave between takes? Yeah? Me too. Well, here are some shots of actors and actresses seen behind the scenes. Featuring a gamut of personalities, these photos are just as fascinating as watching a film’s apogee. Okay. Maybe that’s an overstatement. Anyway, enjoy.
(This is a sequel to my first on-the-set post.)
It’s amusing the way some actors show their love…
Tom Cruise and a guy on the set of Top Gun, circa 1985.
…and their friendliness…
L-R: A “friendly” Henry Fonda with Katharine Hepburn
and Mark Rydell.
On Golden Pond set, c. 1981.
Aaliyah says “hi.”
Queen of the Damned set, c. 2001.
It’s a relief to see the comedy that happens on the set of horror movies…
Makeup artist Tom Savini and Ari Lehman.
Friday the 13th set, c. 1980.
Sissy Spacek taking a cig break.
Carrie set, c. 1976.
Miko Hughes takes aim at the Pet Sematary, c. 1989.
Way before social media existed,
the late and great Stanley Kubrick has already been a fan of selfie…
Kubrick with daughter Vivian and a blurred Jack Nicholson.
The Shining set, c. 1980.
The twins seemed amused by Kubrick’s selfie…
Here‘s how these little girls look like lately.
Speaking of selfie, I wonder if Kubrick ever posed with a peace sign…
A Battle Royale actress on the film’s set, c. 2000.
What’s up with the Japanese and the peace sign?
Chiaki Kuriyama — a.k.a. Kill Bill‘s Gogo Yubari — with her double.
Battle Royale set.
And now for the class picture…
Seeing the cheerfulness behind a terror-filled movie is refreshing… like a Dr Pepper…
Nick Castle on the set of 1978’s Halloween.
Refreshing. Like a Coke…
A Pan’s Labyrinth actor taking a lunch break, c. 2006.
…or a Pepsi…
Bruce Willis on the set of Pulp Fiction, c. 1994.
…or a ciggie?
Marie Antoinette extras on a cigarette break, c. 2006.
Even an ape loves some joint:
An ape-tor looking busy on a break.
2001: A Space Odyssey set, c. 1967.
Some actors love their director so much that they want to eat them alive…
Henri-Georges Clouzot and Romy Schneider.
L’enfer set, c. 1964.
Jonathan Demme about to be eaten alive by Dr. Lecter himself.
The Silence of the Lambs set, c. 1990.
While some actors are just so hangry that they take it out on their director.
Case in point:
Usual frenemies Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski.
Cobra Verde set, c. 1987.
And some are just incredibly ecstatic on the set…
River Phoenix, Gus Van Sant, and a very happy Keanu Reeves.
My Own Private Idaho set, c. 1991.
Oh, the happiness…
Clockwise from top left:
Meg Tilly, Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Henry Thomas, and Fairuza Balk.
Valmont set, c. 1989.
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.
Blue is the Warmest Color set, c. 2012.
…and the joy of being the set heartthrob…
Candice Bergen being admired by Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel.
Carnal Knowledge set, c. 1971.
Some actors are so fond of their fellow actors, hence the “stalking”…
Dustin Hoffman sneaking up behind Laurence Olivier.
Marathon Man set, c. 1975.
Filming can be exhausting…
Girls in white. L-R: Chelse Swain and Kirsten Dunst.
The Virgin Suicides set, c. 1999.
…so exhausting it can make you see double:
The other Foster.
Jodie Foster with her Taxi Driver double: elder sister Connie, c. 1975.
That’s just so cute. But maybe not as cute as Charlie’s dog…
Chaplin with a friend on the set of The Kid, c. 1920.
…or Romeo’s Juliet…
Leonard Whiting taking a photo of Olivia Hussey’s long black hair.
Romeo and Juliet set, c. 1967.
…oh so cute… like Audrey Hepburn’s duck face…
On the set of Sabrina, c. 1954.
…or Liv Ullmann appreciating her own cuteness…
On the set of Zandy’s Bride, c. 1974.
…or even Cecilia Lisbon’s feet…
Hanna Hall on the set of The Virgin Suicides, c. 1999.
I think making a film is generally exciting. Just take it from these people:
An excited Ingmar Bergman stealing the show from Liv Ullmann.
Hour of the Wolf set, c. 1966.
Even Natalie Wood’s cleavage is excited…
On the set of This Property is Condemned, c. 1966.
Michael Corleone is excited by Miss Wood’s excitement…
Diane Keaton and Al Pacino on the set of The Godfather, c. 1971.
Alfred Hitchcock: You will not roar until I tell you so.
MGM Lion: F*ck it. Waaaah!!!
Hitchcock directing Leo the Lion.
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