War Movies That Ruined Actors Lives

By Sophia Maddox | June 6, 2023

Making 'G.I. Jane,' Demi Moore Learned Elite Soldiers Are In 'A Different Reality' 

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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When the movie "G.I. Jane" hit the screens in 1997, audiences were stunned by the transformation of Demi Moore into Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil, the first woman to undergo training in the U.S. Navy's notoriously grueling SEAL program. Under the guidance of former Navy SEALs, Moore's daily routine began before dawn and didn't end until well into the evening. It was a brutal combination of strength training, endurance workouts, martial arts, and extensive weapons training. To emulate the grueling SEAL training, Moore also had to endure a series of physically challenging and psychologically demanding exercises, including obstacle courses, long-distance swims, and live-fire exercises. Much like the real SEAL training, it was designed to push Moore to her limits, to teach her how to dig deep and persevere when every fiber of her being was screaming to quit.

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

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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.