You may think that being an actor or actress is an easy life filled with glamour and fame, but in reality it can do quite a bit of damage to you emotionally and physically. Those grueling hours on set covered in pounds of makeup and draped in costumes that wouldn't be able to breathe if you punched a dozen holes in them can really do a number on your body. Historically speaking, movie producers and directors were even less conscious of the safety hazards that could come about from being done up in costume and makeup.
It still happens today, so let's take a look at 10 actors and actresses that suffered from side-effects because of the costumes and makeup they were forced to wear, one even died on set because of it.
1. Buddy Ebsen - The Tin Man
When Buddy Ebsen portrayed the Tin Man in the 1939 edition of The Wizard of Oz, he had to be hospitalized because of the paint that the producers covered him in to make him look more "shiny." The silver paint was mixed with aluminum dust, and Ebsen had to be hospitalized only nine days into filming because his lungs were taking a beating. He spent two weeks in the hospital, and his lungs even failed once during that time. Talk about putting your life on the line for your work.
2. Jim Carrey - The Grinch
When Jim Carrey suited up as "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," he had to wear a very uncomfortable costume. The contact lenses he had to wear made it feel like there were knives in his eyes, and the costume was so restricting that Carrey started to have panic attacks related to claustrophobia. A Navy SEAL had to be brought on set to help coach him through the panic attacks.
3. Margaret Hamilton - The Wicked Witch of the West
Hamilton almost died on set when her extremely flammable makeup and costume caught fire during one particular scene. When she was leaving Munchkinland behind a cloud of smoke and fire, the trapdoor that was supposed to open so she could escape didn't, and she went up in flames. Her hands and face were burned so badly that she had to spend several days recuperating in the hospital.
4. Johnny Depp - Edward Scissorhands
Depp was constantly decked out in a complete leather outfit for a good chunk of the movie. There was one scene where he had to run away from the house wearing the full leather suit, and while he was running he fell down and passed out from the heat, while still wearing his scissor hands. It could have been a hell of a lot worse.
5. John Rhys-Davies - Gimli
Rhys-Davies played Gimli throughout all three movies in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He was asked if he would consider coming back when The Hobbit movies were being made, and he said "not a chance." His facial prosthesis did so much damage to his face that he was only ever able to work one day, every three days. The allergic reaction was so bad that he was in constant pain through the entire movie shoot.
It gets even crazier from here...