Naturally, being an actor entails donning a costume to represent any character you’re attempting to bring to life on the big screen. No matter what character you’re playing—a nerdy teenager or an urban-stomping nuclear monster—you’ll need a costume to draw in the audience. But not all costumes are made equally, at least not in terms of comfort, which is why many of the actors who played some of the most iconic roles in the film really detested the outfit they had to wear.
Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla
Characters don’t get much bigger than Godzilla, and only a select few performers have had the privilege of playing him in an official capacity. One of the most well-known is Haruo Nakajima, who played the Big G in his very first movie appearance in 1954. Nakajima was widely regarded as the best actor to wear the Godzilla costume and stroll around hip-tossing enormous monsters into cardboard cityscapes.
He constantly expressed his pride at being so closely associated with one of the biggest symbols of Japanese film. This isn’t to suggest Nakajima especially loved portraying Godzilla; in fact, he said that wearing the costume almost always resulted in his death, a view shared by several actors who have played the radioactive reptile on screen.
The initial Godzilla costume, according to Nakajima, weighed over 100 kg and was so cumbersome that he could only move a short distance in it before becoming weary. Nakajima had to squeeze perspiration off his t-shirt at every opportunity while wearing the outfit, making dehydration a constant risk. This also inevitably made the suit smell awful. The fact that Nakajima periodically had to wallow around in enormous puddles of pee while wearing costumes only served to exacerbate the situation.
While playing a huge, lumbering atomic monster is never really attractive, you also don’t exactly anticipate having to stand in a puddle of your own sweat and someone else’s poop.
The Entire Cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek aficionados who pay close attention may have noted that the Enterprise crew’s outfits in Star Trek: The Next Generation alter in the third season. As it turns out, this was mostly due to the awful stench and back pain caused by the spandex outfits worn in the first few seasons that led to the decision.
The first two seasons’ uniforms were all unisex Spandex singlets designed to seem futuristic, in keeping with the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future as a time of perfect sex equality and uniform usefulness. All of the outfits were purposefully manufactured to be two sizes too small in order to make them seem as sleek as possible. This led to two significant issues. One, the uniforms quickly started to smell of stale perspiration and dry cleaning chemicals since Spandex is hard to clean. Two, everyone on site experienced excruciating back discomfort as a result of making them two sizes too small.
All of the TNG cast members detested their outfits and frequently complained to the costume department about them. Until the third season, the department courageously disregarded their requests to stop walking around smelling like perspiration. The clothes were then gratefully changed by Bob Blackman, a new employee in the costume department, into two-piece woolen outfits that didn’t stink or hurt your back.
Anthony Daniels as C-3 Po
Along with Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels is one of the few performers to have been in almost every live-action Star Wars film. He has been playing C-3PO since the first Star Wars trilogy. Daniels has often insisted that the C-3PO outfit has never been very cozy and that he has just become accustomed to wearing it over time.
The actor really seems to take a peculiar sort of delight in the idea that no other actor is “mad enough” to don the legendary golden suit. Putting aside the reality that hundreds of fans would likely perform his duties for free, it is undeniably true that wearing the C-3PO outfit is excruciatingly painful. But at least it’s no longer hazardous.
In an interview with People Magazine, Daniels recalled how the left leg of the outfit practically broke with the second stride he ever took while wearing it, sending a sharp shard of plastic straight into his foot. Daniels most likely had to spend the remainder of filming (part of which, recall, took place in a Tunisian desert) tending to this wound while attempting to maintain as much composure as possible inside of a scorching hot plastic costume.
Peter Weller as RoboCop
Famously, the most costly object used in the production of the original 1987 RoboCop was the RoboCop suit itself. The outfit, created by renowned special effects designer Rob Bottin, was late and not at all what Peter Weller, the actor who was supposed to wear it, had in mind. According to reports, Weller studied mime for weeks in order to move precisely the way he imagined a robotic police officer would; however, all of that practice was thrown out the window the moment he tried to put on the costume and discovered he could hardly move.
Weller’s motions were so severely constrained by the outfit, which took 10 hours to put on, that he really thought about giving up on the entire project. Weller’s outfit was immediately adjusted so that he could move more easily, although its mass prohibited him from moving as gracefully as he’d wanted. Fortunately, more instruction from the mime artist in question enabled Weller to refine his movement in order to make it more compatible with the limitations of the outfit.
Weller was still unable to operate a vehicle due to the suit’s large lower half despite this.
Weller was simply allowed to drive without wearing the roborants because the production was already running over time, and he was then shot from the waist up.
Michael Keaton as Batman
Striking a balance between form and function with respect to Batman’s suit is a challenge for any live-action rendition of the character. Nevertheless, a bulky outfit that inhibits the wearer from moving makes it difficult to think Batman is also a skilled martial artist or ninja.
On the one hand, the Batsuit should look to be strongly armored if we’re expected to take him seriously as a vigilante who squares off with armed criminals. This second point reportedly wasn’t a concern during the production of the Tim Burton Batman films because the Michael Keaton costume required him to wear a huge rubber mask that was so heavy he could hardly turn his head.
True, the outfit was so bulky that the actor wearing it was unable to glance over his own shoulder, even though it was meant to be worn by a hero renowned for being a master of stealth and deceit. To get around this, Keaton developed a technique known as the “bat-turn,” which required him to turn his complete body anytime he wanted to face someone. He also needed to lean against a massive wooden object to assist him to move about while they weren’t filming.
Jeff Bridges as Tron
Jeff Bridges has cited the need that he wears a dancing belt—basically, a form-fitting thong—under his outfit the whole time as the most memorable feature of the entire filming process for the film Tron. Bridges claim that this belt was extremely unpleasant and pinched him so severely that he jokingly says he still has the scars from doing so while wearing it.
It’s unclear why Bridges needed to wear a dancing belt, but the most popular explanation is that it gave his groin area an aesthetically attractive smoothness, since no one really wants to see a man’s penis under form-fitting Lycra. Bridges had to wear the belt, though, according to a common myth, since his penis was so enormous and distracting that it would have destroyed the movie otherwise.
That seems like gossip that is just that—a rumor. Bridges’ co-star Bruce Boxleitner also had to wear a dancing belt, but no one appears to mention that Boxleitner had a penis that would have destroyed a movie.
Bridges’ co-star Bruce Boxleitner also had to wear a dancing belt, but no one appears to mention that Boxleitner had a penis that would have destroyed a movie.
Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin
Peter Cushing was a man who took great pride in having large feet. In fact, he was so enormous that the wardrobe department had to make him a unique pair of shoes for several of his parts. But, the wardrobe crew forgot about Cushing’s enormous man-flippers when he was playing Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV and instead brought him a pair of regular-sized boots. Cushing had boots that gave him great discomfort every time he wore them.
In order to wear the uncomfortable boots as little as possible, Cushing ultimately went to filmmaker George Lucas and begged him nicely whether it would be possible to just film him from the waist up. After being delighted by the actor’s request, Lucas allegedly offered him a pair of carpet slippers to wear and agreed to exclusively shoot him from precise angles so that his feet would be hidden.
This is not only funny, but it also implies that Grand Moff Tarkin gave the command to destroy Alderaan while lounging in a pair of pajamas.
Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
Since he originally gained notoriety as the chronically clumsy and unhappy Neville Longbottom in the live-action Harry Potter movies, Matthew Lewis’ remarkable transition from an ungainly tub of boy lard into a scorching hunk of a man has been well-chronicled by the internet. Lewis has said that he detested wearing his costume, although being appreciative of the boost the movies brought his acting career.
Lewis was ordered to wear a fat suit underneath his Hogwarts robes during the production of the earlier films in the series to further make his character feel pitiful. You’re not alone if you believed that Lewis was a bit heavier when you were younger and had no idea this since, according to Lewis, everyone else on set felt the same way. particularly the females.
The fact that Lewis was going through puberty at the time, which as you can understand, just made things more awkward, only made matters worse for him. “I have to wear this fat suit every day. There are girls around; I’m 15 years old, in the thick of puberty,” he stated. Everyone simply assumes I’m overweight because they don’t realize I’m wearing that awful thing.
Charlie Cox as Daredevil
Daredevil is a superhero known for his skill at using his enhanced senses and innate love for bone-crunching right punches to outmaneuver his foes. The live-action Daredevil series appeared to recognize this by forcing Charlie Cox to don a costume that first resembled the character’s outfit in the comic book The Man Without Fear and consisted of cargo trousers, a black shirt, and a bandana concealing his eyes.
The actor and his stunt double’s motions were soon obviously hampered by the more highly armored gear, which also had the unattractive side effect of being replaced. The garment needed some “minor changes,” both in terms of its appearance and the flexibility it offered, Cox later diplomatically observed in an interview with IGN. This mostly required going back to his cargo trousers, which offered Cox the mobility he needed to employ the character’s peculiar combat technique that focused on backflips.