War Movies That Ruined Actors Lives

By Sophia Maddox | June 1, 2023

Brad Pitt Said The Training For 'Fury' Was 'Designed To Make Us Miserable'

Are you ready for action? This captivating gallery reveals the grit, sweat, and occasional tears that have peppered the paths of actors while making some of the most memorable war movies in cinematic history. From tales of grueling boot camps that pushed actors to their physical limits, to on-set accidents that left more than just emotional scars, this collection showcases the commitment, endurance, and sheer determination that brought these intense roles to life. Each image and accompanying story highlights the reality behind the spectacle – a world far removed from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Discover the intense training that went into 'Platoon,' the unexpected typhoon that disrupted 'Apocalypse Now,' and the camaraderie that helped the cast of 'Saving Private Ryan' recreate the horrors of D-Day. So, grab some popcorn, settle in, and brace yourself for an inside look at the world of war movies that's as riveting as the films themselves.

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In Fury, Brad Pitt plays the role of Sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier, the hardened commander of a Sherman tank and its five-man crew. The director, David Ayer,  sought to create an authentic portrayal of life inside a tank. For starters, the cast underwent a rigorous boot camp training led by Navy SEALs to understand the physical demands faced by soldiers. The objective was not only to get them in shape but also to foster a sense of camaraderie and understanding of military hierarchy. Pitt, as the tank commander, was tasked with pushing his crew members hard during this training to establish his authority. The cast also spent a great deal of time inside the claustrophobic, confined space of the tank itself, learning about its operation and mechanics. Ayer's desire for realistic battle scenes meant shooting in challenging conditions, with the actors performing their own stunts whenever possible. Pitt reportedly injured himself during one scene, but despite the pain, he was keen to continue shooting. Despite the rigorous and challenging process, Pitt spoke positively about the experience, particularly praising the bond he formed with his fellow actors.

On 'Platoon,' Charlie Sheen 'Really Felt As If I Was Expected To Scrub Latrines'

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Platoon, Oliver Stone's 1986 Vietnam War classic, is renowned for its intense, raw portrayal of the realities of war. The authenticity was the result of a rigorous and demanding preparation process that pushed the ensemble cast, which included Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, and Tom Berenger, to their limits and beyond. The actors were quickly stripped of their Hollywood comforts. They dug their own foxholes, slept on the ground, and faced grueling physical drills each day, all while lugging around heavy military gear. As the character Chris, Sheen was a low ranking soldier, and therefore had to do the grunt work: 

You had to be treated according to your rank. Willem [Dafoe] and Tom Berenger, playing two sergeants, were in command and I was an FNG – a '***** new guy.' It really felt as if I was expected to scrub latrines, which I actually ended up doing in the movie. I thought we'd go out in the day then return to the hotel at night, but at sundown on the first day, there was no bus pulling up. I looked at Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker and said: 'I guess we're just staying here.'