One of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses, Meryl Streep is not without her regrets when taking on certain roles — if only for the fact that they alienated her. In her role as Miranda Priestly, in “The Devil Wears Prada”, she would bring her character into real-life interactions with her costars.
Streep said that she became a little upset at herself and a bit down because she was separated from the others and was “miserable” in her trailer. Aw! She even told the media that it made her give up Method for good!
Michael B. Jordan — Black Panther
This has to be the first time an actor from a Marvel film has ever gone too deep with Method acting, right? Well for Michael B., portraying Killmonger in “Black Panther” was more of a mission than he expected it to be. According to Jordan, taking on the role led him to seek out therapy afterward.
To get into character, Jordan isolated himself, because that was how Erik Killmonger had surmised the world was against him. Jordan then worked through his feelings with a therapist and then allowed himself to readjust to his life.
Lady Gaga — House of Gucci
The singer-songwriter plays Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci.” The socialite who quickly became rather infamous for arranging to end the life of her husband, Mr. Maurizio Gucci, didn’t become so overnight.
Lady Gaga told British Vogue that she lived as her character for over a year and a half, both on and off camera. Some of her friends and family were worried for her, as she also noted that she became a little out of touch with the real world. Scary!
Marlon Brando — Truckline Cafe
There’s a Broadway show from the 1940s, called “Truckline Cafe”, in which the actor who brought us “The Godfather”, Marlon Brando, goes method. For his debut on Broadway, the actor ran up and down flights of stairs, before a behind-the-scenes stagehand would pour a bucket of ice water over his head.
Why do you ask? To make it seem as though his character really was emerging from a lake. Of course.
Gary Oldman — Hannibal/Darkest Hour
Honestly, in his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill, Oldman really is unrecognizable. He almost disappears into his character and into his role (and this portrayal is not the only role where he’s done this thing. Just watch “Hannibal”). He, like others on this list, uses a “pain bag”, which includes images that bring out emotions in Oldman.
Geez, that’s kinda sad, but we guess it’s his job to bring characters, and their pain, to life. But for his role in “Darkest Hour”, he actually smoked almost $30,000 worth of cigars. Subsequently, the actor developed some stomach issues — which we hope are resolved now.