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Morbid fascination is an intrinsic part of the human condition. It could be argued that it is this curiosity that heightens our sense of suspicion and prudence, and serves to make us more vigilant in dubious situations. As a result of this proclivity, vicious evil doers, like Ted Bundy and Charles Manson, have found their way into the collective psyche, and everybody knows their names, and are familiar with their crimes. A 2014 study estimated that, at any given time, there are between 25 and 50 active serial killers in operation in the United States. Serial killers seem to be as much a part of our society as the law makers, and the peace keepers are. With this in mind, who, aside from the Bundys’ and Mansons’ are you aware of? If you are interested in whetting your macabre appetite, read on. We have compiled a list of some of the most barbarous, perverse and brutal serial killers ever caught, but who failed to achieve the infamy of the aforementioned psychos and sociopaths. Be warned, what you are about to read is both 100% true and 100% unsettling. Readers should continue on with caution, this is not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for younger readers. Robert ‘Willy’ Pickton Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton is described as being one of the worst serial killers in the world. He was a pig farmer based in Port Coquitlam, in British Columbia, and his crimes are known as The Pig Farm Murders. Outwardly quiet and introverted, Pickton was harborouing a terrible and savage secret. By the time of his arrest in 2002 he had viciously butchered 49 women on his farm, before grounding their remains into mince, at a meat rendering plant. Most of it was fed to his pigs, however, he sold some of it for human consumption. The depraved killer was arrested in 2002, after items belonging to a number of missing women were found on his farm. Officers made the discovery after a chance visit to the farm, in search of illegal firearms. Following his arrest, DNA of at least 26 women who had been reported missing were found at the property. Many of these women were thought to be prostitutes who Pickton had picked up in Vancouver’s Red Light District. It is alleged that he brought them back to his farm to have sex, before brutally murdering them. He unintentionally confessed to the murders after he was put in a cell with an undercover police officer. Irritated at being caught, he complained to his cellmate: “I made my own grave by being sloppy. Doesn’t that just kick you in the ass now. I was just gonna [expletive] do one more, make it even, I wanted one more to make the big 5-0.” Alexander Pichushkin Alexander Pichushkin is a Russian serial killer nicknamed The Chessboard Killer. He was caught in 2007, in Moscow, and convicted of killing 48 people. During the investigation, detectives found a chessboard with dates on all but two of the squares. These dates were connected to the murders Pichushkin had already committed. Pichushkin said he wanted to kill one person for each of the 64 squares on a chessboard, and crossed out a square for every kill, earning him his nickname. At the time, Russian authorities considered reinstating the death penalty, due to the gruesomeness and number of murders. Pichushkin targeted the weak, elderly and hopeless. He would lure his victims to a local park, to reportedly drink with him at his dead dog’s grave. He would then wait until his intended victim was drunk, then he would begin his attack. He would hit them repeatedly with a blunt object until they were dead or lost consciousness.  He would then, often, throw his victims into a sewer pit. On occasion, some of his tragic victims were alive when thrown in, and died from drowning, rather than from blunt force trauma. Over time, Pichushkin’s attacks grew even more savage. He began leaving a broken vodka bottle, protruding from the skulls of some of his victims. He also became more lackadaisical when it came to disposing of the bodies. He left many of them out in the open, without bothering to try to conceal them. Authorities finally caught up with Pichushkin in June 2006, after he murdered a female colleague from his job at a supermarket. She had left a note for her son to tell him that she was taking a walk with Pichushkin. Chillingly, Pichushkin’s confession was aired on Russian television. In it, he went into great detail about his need to kill, he said: “For me, a life without murder is like a life without food for you.” He also later claimed that there were in fact more than 48 murders. He said that he had in fact killed 61 or 63 people, (his story varied), On this he said: “I thought it would be unfair to forget about the other 11 people.” Donald Henry ‘Pee-Wee’ Gaskins Donald Henry Gaskins, known as Pee Wee Gaskins, has gone down in the annals of serial killer history as the most prolific killer South Carolina has ever known. He was executed in 1991 by electric chair, after being convicted of 9 murders, however it is thought that he murdered far more people than that. His own claims bring his death toll to over 100 people, and a litany of other vile and depraved crimes can also be attributed to this seemingly unassuming man. Up until 1968, Gaskins spent most of his life in and out of prison for various crimes, from theft to gang rape. In 1969 he moved to the town of Sumter in South Carolina, and it is here that he would begin his true reign of terror. His first murder in Sumter was a hitchhiker that he picked up, tortured, and murdered, then sunk her body in a local swamp.  In the book he wrote in prison, detailing his life and crimes, he wrote: “All I could think about is how I could do anything I wanted to her.” This woman was the first of many in what Gaskins referred to as his ‘coastal kills’. He would  torture and mutilate his victims, while attempting to keep them alive for as long as possible. He confessed to killing these victims using a variety of methods including stabbing, suffocation, mutilation, and even claimed to have cannibalized some of them. He would go on to confess to over 80 of these types of murders, although none of these claims have ever been corroborated.  Then, in 1970, Gaskins committed the first of his so-called ‘serious murders,  which were people  he knew and killed for personal reasons. Some of these victims included his own niece, Janice Kirby, aged 15, and her friend Patricia Ann Alsbrook, aged 17. He beat both of the girls to death, after attempting to sexually assault them. One of his most shocking murders was that of two of his neighbours, Doreen Dempsey, who was 23 and pregnant, and her two year old daughter. He drove Doreen and her little girl out to a secluded, wooded area, and violently raped, sodomized, and killed both her and her little girl. Gaskins was eventually arrested in 1975, and was found guilty in 1976, and sentenced to death. However, this was later commuted to life in prison when the South Carolina General Assembly’s 1974 ruling on capital punishment was changed to conform to the U.S. Supreme Court guidelines for the death penalty in other states. On September 2, 1982, Gaskins committed another murder. While incarcerated in the high security block at the South Carolina Correctional Institution, Gaskins killed a death row inmate named Rudolph Tyner, he was tried for the Tyner’s murder and sentenced to death. While on death row, Gaskins told his life story to a journalist named Wilton Earle. He claimed to have committed between 100 and 110 murders, however, law enforcement sources found his claims impossible to verify. Patrick Kearney, ‘The Trashbag Killer’ In Los Angeles, in the mid 70’s, Homosexual men were being murdered and dumped in trashbags along the highways between LA and the Mexican border. The investigation centered around Patrick Wayne Kearney, an electronics engineer from LA. Kearney would eventually end his murder spree, when he walked into the Redondo Beach police station, and gave himself up. He plead guilty to killing three men, and was sentenced to life in prison, however, police knew there was much more to Kearney’s story than met the eye. They offered him a no death penalty deal, in exchange for a complete list of victims. Shockingly, it was worse than they had imagined, and Kearney initially confessed to eighteen more killings. He would later admit to a further eleven murders, which would bring his total to 32 killings. Kearney’s first known murder victim was an unidentified 19-year-old man, in 1962. Kearney claimed that he took the young man to a secluded area on his motorcycle, shot him in the head, and proceeded to engage in acts of necrophilia with the man’s corpse. Kearney would mostly pick up male hitchhikers, or homosexual men from gay bars. He would almost always shoot them in the temple, above the ear, with a .22-caliber derringer.  After murdering them, he would take the bodies to a secluded place, and engage in acts of necrophilia, then take them home, where they would be sodomized with X-Acto knives. They were then mutilated, and dismembered with hacksaws. He would dispose of the bodies in various ways, including, dumping them in trash bags, earning him his nick name. He would also leave them out for wild animals to eat, throw them off cliffs into local creeks and would even drain some of the bodies of all their blood, to eliminate odors. Kearney, now 79, continues to serve his life sentence at Mule Creek State Prison, California. Danny Rolling, ‘The Gainesville Ripper’ Known as the Gainesville Ripper, Danny Rolling murdered four University of Florida students and a Santa Fe Community College student in their apartments in 1990. He is known to have decapitated one victim, posed with the bodies, and removed skin and body parts and arranged the murder scenes using props that included broken mirrors. Rolling’s reign of terror began when he broke into the apartment of 17-year-old university freshmen Sonja Larson and Christina Powell. They were found mutilated and stabbed to death. He had raped both women, one after she was dead. The next day, Rolling killed Christa Hoyt, 18. Her body was found propped up, sitting on her bed bent over at the waist. Rolling had sliced off her nipples and left them on the bed next to her, and police discovered that her torso was sliced open, from her chest to her pubic bone. Her severed head perched on a shelf across the room. Two days later, Rolling killed roommates Tracy Paules and Manuel Taboada, both 23. Rolling remained at large until September 8, when he was arrested after a botched robbery in the central Florida town of Ocala. He was later linked by DNA to three more killings in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1989. He was not charged in the Gainesville slayings until 1992, while serving a life sentence for armed robbery and other crimes. He pleaded guilty to all five murders as the jury was being selected for trial in 1994. He attributed his behavior to abuse by his father, a police officer, and to an evil alter ego. In prison, he drew disturbing pictures and wrote a graphic book, ‘The Making of a Serial Killer’, with a woman who was his fiancée for a time. Rolling was executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison on October 25, 2006 Arthur John Shawcross Arthur John Shawcross was an American serial killer who was in operation  between 1972 and 1990 around Rochester, New York. Shawcross is known to have killed at least 14 people, as well as being a known cannibal and mutilator. He was also known as, ‘The Genesee River Killer’  and ‘The Rochester Strangler’, all due to how he would carry out his murders and where he would frequently dump the bodies of his victims. In 1967 he was drafted by the US Army at age 21. He served one tour in Vietnam, and loved to brag about the  violent, gruesome atrocities he committed, like raping and cannibalizing children and, according to a police interview: “beheading mama-sans and nailing their heads to trees as a warning to the Vietcong.” After his release and discharge from the army, Shawcross and his second wife would move to Clayton, New York, where Shawcross would terrorize the surrounding counties, until his final arrest. In the Spring of 1972, 10-year-old Jack Owen Blake disappeared after going out to play near the Cloverdale apartments, where Shawcross lived. Shawcross had gone fishing with the boy a few days earlier, but denied knowing where he was. When Jack’s body was eventually found (after Shawcross’s arrest) months later, he had been suffocated, mutilated, and molested. Shawcross would later admit to luring the boy into the woods, forcing him to strip naked and run, before murdering him, and consuming his heart and genitals. Months after Jack’s murder, 8-year-old Karen Ann Hill disappeared, while on a Labor Day vacation with her mother. Her body was found under a bridge near the Black River, and she had been raped, mutilated and strangled. After reports surfaced detailing that Shawcross had been seen with Karen before she disappeared, and he was later seen eating ice cream cones, on the bridge where the body was found, Shawcross was brought in for questioning. After being arrested for both children’s murder, Shawcross confessed, and agreed to reveal the location of Jack’s body, in order to have his charges dropped from homicide to manslaughter. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but would only serve 12. Unfortunately, staff and social workers made the call to grant him parole, stating he was: “no longer dangerous”, despite numerous psychiatrists warning that he was a schizoid psychopath. His parole officer would later be quoted as saying: “At the risk of being melodramatic, the writer considers this mant to be possibly the most dangerous individual to be released to this community for many years.” These words would ring tragically true when in 1988, Shawcross began a bloody, depraved murder campaign, that would claim 11 victims. Most were prostitutes and all were strangled and battered to death. They were also posthumously mutilated, and sexually assaulted.  After the last victim’s body was found in January 1990, the police decided not to remove it and instead keep surveillance on the area. Based on a psychological profile that suggested the killer would return to the scene of the crime, police figured this would be the best way to catch their killer. Sure enough, Shawcross was spotted masturbating as he sat in his car, on a bridge over the creek in which the body of his final victim was floating. He was arrested and eventually confessed in custody. In November 1990, Shawcross was tried for 10 murders in Monroe County. He was found guilty and sentenced to 250 years imprisonment. On November 10th, 2008 Shawcross complained to officers about a pain in his leg. He was taken to the Albany Medical Center where he went into cardiac arrest and died that night. Louis Garavito In 1999, Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos was arrested in Colombia and he confessed to murdering 140 children. He was charged with killing 172 altogether, but some of the cases are still ongoing. It’s thought he could have been responsible for hundreds more deaths, with the number potentially estimated as being higher than 400.  Better known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast”, Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos was one of the most ruthless serial killers of all time. Garavito’s victims were poor children, peasant children, or street children, between the ages of 6 and 16. He would  approach them on the street or countryside and offer them gifts or small amounts of money.  Once he had gained their trust, he would take them for a walk, and as soon as they began to get tired, he would pounce. He would rape them, slit their throats and dismember the corpses. As if this wasn’t bad enough, he would often mutilate the corpses, and many of the bodies found showed signs of prolonged torture and abuse.  In 1997, police uncovered a mass grave. Suddenly, a widespread investigation into the missing children began. In February 1998, the bodies of 2 naked children were discovered lying next to each other on a hill in Genoa, Colombia. The next day, another child’s naked body was found, just a few meters away. Garavito was captured on 22 April 1999. He confessed to murdering 140 children. However, he is still under investigation for the murder of 172 children in more than 59 towns in Colombia. During his imprisonment, Garavito helped police to find the bodies of his victims. This, along with his confessions, allowed him to win a reduction in sentence by 8 years, thereby making the effective sentence 22 years. Colombian law does not have life imprisonment or death penalty options, and the possibility of serial killings was completely ignored in Colombian law. However, with increased public unrest, the law was revisited, and the maximum sentence for murder was increased to 60 years of imprisonment. Joseph James DeAngelo, ‘The Golden State Killer’, and ‘The East Area Rapist’ The Golden State Killer is a serial killer, rapist, and burglar who committed at least 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986. What was initially a search for the East Area Rapist, ended up being a 40-year manhunt for a killer, rapist and home invader. The reawakening of this cold case decades later led to the April 2018 arrest of suspect Joseph James DeAngelo, now dubbed as the Golden State Killer. DeAngelo was born in New York but went to Folsom High School, in suburban Sacramento, and was a former California Police Officer.  In 2016, around the 40th anniversary of the first known attack, the search for the culprit of a suspected 12 homicides and about 50 rapes was renewed. Thanks to the advancement of DNA techniques and databases, DNA from a discarded item, and genetic information on a consumer genealogy website, guided police to the missing piece with DeAngelo as the suspect. DNA evidence linked the Golden State Killer to eight murders in Goleta, Ventura, Dana Point and Irvine; two other murders in Goleta, were lacking DNA evidence, but were linked by the killers usual modus operandi. His initial modus operandi was to stalk middle-class neighborhoods at night, in search of women who were alone in one-storey homes, usually near a school, creek, trail or other open space, that would provide a quick escape. He was seen a number of times, but always successfully fled; on one occasion, he shot and seriously wounded a young pursuer. Although he originally targeted women alone in their homes or with children, he eventually evolved to attacking couples. He would break in through a window or sliding glass door and awaken the sleeping occupants with a flashlight He would then begin threatening them with a handgun. Victims were bound with ligatures, and gagged. The male victim was beaten and left in a different room, while the female victim would be raped repeatedly for hours. In 1979, he moved on from rape, and began to murder his victims by gunshot or bludgeoning. After 1986 the case would go cold, until April 24, 2018, when the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo in connection with the crimes. DeAngelo, was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder. On May 10, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office charged DeAngelo with four additional counts of first-degree murder. Unfortunately, DeAngelo cannot be charged with rapes due to the statute of limitations expiring for those offenses. Identification of DeAngelo had begun four months earlier when officials uploaded the killer’s DNA profile from a Ventura County rape kit to a personal genomics website. The website identified 10 to 20 distant relatives of the Golden State Killer, from whom a team of five investigators working with genealogist Barbara Rae-Venter, constructed a large family tree. They identified two suspects in the case (one of whom was ruled out by a relative’s DNA test), leaving DeAngelo the main suspect.  
With the recent release of the PlayStation Classic, a mini version of the original PlayStation 1 console with 20 classic pre-loaded games, it would be easy to get nostalgic about the old pale grey reliable console. PlayStation 1 original consoles are still readily available on sites such as eBay, and games for it are still just as easy to get your hands on. The PS1 was home to some of the best video games ever made, many of which still hold up extremely well even against their modern successors. Here, we take a look at some of the all time best PlayStation 1 games, many of which will not be available on the new mini classic console. Spyro The Dragon Spyro was everyone’s favourite little purple dragon, and he still survives today in many PlayStation games. The original game was what’s referred to as a platformer, and was released by Insomniac games in 1998. Tomb Raider II The first Tomb Raider game was released in 1996, and basically introduced the genre of the 3D action/adventure game. The second offering from Eidos games, released in 1997, massively improved on the first one. Graphics, game play and story were all ten times better in the sequel. There has been 18 Tomb Raider games produced so far, since its inception. Silent Hill Silent Hill is arguably the first psychological horror video game. It is a survival horror game published by Konami games and released in 1999. Its clever use of fog provided a menacing atmosphere and there were plenty of jumps scares to be had. The game spawned many sequels across multiple platforms, and even two Hollywood movies. Crash Bandicoot As one of the earlier PlayStation games, this one is a big favourite among fans. In it you Take control of Crash Bandicoot in his very first adventure to stop the evil Doctor Neo Cortex and Nitrus Brio from taking over the world. It’s a platformer, similar to Spyro but faster paced. It was released by Naughty Dog productions in 1996, and has 14 sequel games and spin offs. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was a cinematic platformer similar to Prince of Persia or Another World. In it you play as Abe, an enslaved member of the Mudokon race, leading a rebellion against their corporate overlords before they are turned into a cheap food source. It was released in 1997 and has five sequels and spinoffs. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis What Resident Evil began, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis perfected. Gone was the clunky game play and blocky graphics. It was better on all counts, and still gave us another installment in the tale of Jill Valentine, Racoon City, and the Umbrella Corporation. It was released in 1999 by Capcom, and to date there has been 7 full Resident Evil games, each one furthering the story. It is one of the most successful games franchises, spawning spin off games, an entire movie series, books, graphic novels and comics, and tons of merchandise. Final Fantasy VIII Final Fantasy was already a well established and well loved franchise to most video game players. The 8th installment, which came a year after its wildly popular and successful 7th installment, was a groundbreaking achievement in video game mastery. It contained stunning graphics, and even boasted original music and songs. It was released in 1999 by Square Enix Games. Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid is an action stealth game released by Konami in 1998. In it you play a special ops soldier named Solid Snake, who must infiltrate the hideout of a rogue unit threatening the United States with a nuclear strike. Snake has a variety of tools for evading and taking out guards, making it one of the most taut and tactical gaming experiences available at the time. The series has since spawned four more critically-acclaimed main entries and various spinoffs. Gran Turismo 2 Released by Sony in 1999, Gran Tourismo 2 was a hyper-realistic driving simulation. The sequel expanded on the originals car library, but maintained the game play that players had become accustomed to. This made it one of the best selling driving games in the PlayStation’s inventory. It also boasted the most extensive selection of cars in any game ever, and the Gran Tourismo franchise is still producing games and topping the polls as a gamer favourite to this day. Medal Of Honour Before Call Of Duty took over the first person shooter, war game scene, we had Medal Of Honor. It was released in 1999 and, amazingly, Steven Spielberg developed the story. It was the first game to really tap in to the expansive storytelling potential for the game medium. Where previous shooters had been relatively light-hearted affairs  Medal of Honor was one of the first serious cinematic shooters. Critics and fans also praised its game play, however, as one of the most generally refined shooters released to date.   If you manage to get your hands on an old console, or simply want to dust off your own one, this is the perfect list of games to keep you occupied for days, and really get you back into the swing of the original PlayStation console.
You can’t please everyone, and it is confirmed by the fact that many great movies have both won prestigious awards AND have been banned from countries around the world, including, for some, their home country. Here are some films that haven’t been shown in some countries due to their content. Rafiki – Banned in its home country, Kenya The 2018 movie picturing a lesbian love story has been forbidden to screen in its own country, Kenya, still very conservative and homophobic. The Kenyan authorities have accused it of “promoting lesbianism” (like that would be a bad thing). Still, the censorship has been temporarily lifted, so the film would be eligible for Oscars. It has already won awards at the Chicago International Film Festival and at the Carthage Film Festival (best music and best actress). Last Tango in Paris – Banned by the Bologna Court, Italy When the movie was first released in 1972, its violent and sexual content raised strong objections to it being screened. The Bologna Court banned the movie for two months. In the end, the Last Tango has travelled the world and won many awards, even one in its home country (Golden Goblets, Best Director). The Last Temptation of Christ – Banned in Mexico, Chile, Argentina The Martin Scorsese 1988 movie depicts the life of Jesus in a way that hasn’t pleased everyone. Religious organisations have tried to get it banned from screens, and it was censored in several countries such as Mexico, Chile and Argentina. These restrictions didn’t prevent the movie from winning awards at the Venice Film Festival and National Board of Review. The Wolf of Wall Street – Banned in Malaysia and Nepal Oops, Scorsese did it again. With the 2013 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, he has won a Golden Globes award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture and the Movie of the Year at AFI Awards, but also several countries’ disapproval. The movie has been banned in Malaysia and Nepal, and some scenes have been cut in the versions that screened in India and Lebanon. It’s not because you get banned from conservative countries that you can’t win awards; remember that when you feel like writing a script with tons of cocaine. Also, don’t write it. Blow was disappointing enough. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Many TV shows still don’t feature gay or bi characters, and that lack of visibility is even scarier when it comes to transgender characters. The 16’-17’ GLAAD report has shown that « Of the 71 LGBTQ characters counted on five broadcast networks, 4% (3) are transgender. ». Let’s give them some space, here are awesome transgender characters appearing in mainstream TV shows. Coach Sheldon Beiste – Glee Remember that awesome football coach from Glee, named Shannon Beiste the first time he appeared in the series? The coach then transitioned to male during the sixth season. Glee was a great, inclusive show, and also featured the character of Unique Adams, a transgender teen. Sophia Burset – Orange is the New Black Sophia is a male to female transgender who was serving time for credit card theft. Without her, the inmates’ hair would’ve looked even worse, so for that and trans visibility on screen, thank you Sophia. Nomi Marks – Sense8 Nomi was played by the transgender actress Jamie Clayton. Just like Sophia, the character isn’t a token transgender character, it’s just an awesome one, clever and mind-blowingly hot, who actually transitioned. Maura Pfefferman – Transparent The great actor Jeffrey Tambor is Mort Pfefferman in the Amazon show, Transparent. At the age of 70, Mort announces that he will be undergoing a gender change and that they should now refer to him as Maura. Kyle Slater – EastEnders It doesn’t really matter what you think of the show, but it is still rare enough that LGBTQIA+ actors and actresses, let alone transgender actors and actresses get to play an LGBTQIA+ character – or get parts in mainstream shows at all. That time, though, it was the transgender actor Riley Carter Millington who played Kyle Slater on screen. This list might be heart-warming and give some hope for transgender visibility on screen, but trans people are still massively under-represented when it comes to pop culture. It might take a little while before things get better, but talking about these characters, acknowledging trans actors, actresses and characters, is a start. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
If, like us, you enjoy watching foreign movies, you’ll appreciate how creative, unusual and thought-provoking they can be by broadening our experience of cinema and exposing us to new film making styles and genres. You’ll also understand how nerve-wracking and infuriating it can be to see your favourite foreign movies to get the dreaded ‘Hollywood treatment’. From blatant plagiarizing of the source material to losing the spirit of the original and making silly changes to the plot and characters, Hollywood has a checkered history when it comes to reimagining classic films from around the world. So here are 12 of their worst attempts! The Vanishing (1993) The Original: Spoorloos (1988) Probably the biggest boo-boo the remake made was that it did away with the original’s hauntingly grim ending in favour of a much less memorable, happily ever after final act.   Brick Mansions (2014) The Original: Banlieue 13 (2004) Banlieue 13 was a top-notch dystopian thriller with lots of gritty action and dazzling parkour that’s since garnered a strong cult following. The pointless English language version brings back the acrobatic David Belle from the original (just check out the trailer’s corny line “We taught you how to speak English”) but will only be immortalised as the last film Paul Walker completed before his death in 2013. Godzilla (1998) The Original: Gojira (1954) The classic monster franchise is fascinating, because it was born into the context of a post-World War II Japan still reeling from the destruction of the atomic bomb. By contrast the Hollywood blockbuster was a bewilderingly stupid catastrophe devoid of any action and let down by decidedly rubbish CGI and dialogue. However, Godzilla (2014) was the second version of the original, which at least was much better than its 1998 counterpart. Nine (2009) The Original: 8 ½ (1963) An adaptation of the musical that was already based on the original movie, the glitzy Nine fell completely flat with audiences and critics alike, as well as being cinematic proof that there are actually things that Daniel Day-Lewis can’t do. Vanilla Sky (2001) The Original: Abre los ojos (1997) A critically divisive movie, Vanilla Sky has been as acclaimed for its lofty ambitions and individual performances as it’s been reviled for its pretence and baffling plot. Most people can agree though, that it’s not a patch on the audacious Spanish original. The Wicker Man (2006) The Original: The Wicker Man (1973) Nicolas Cage is no stranger to shoddy American remakes but the hilarity of this completely nuts reboot of the British cult classic really takes the biscuit. “Oh no! Not the bees!” Bangkok Dangerous (2008) The Original: Bangkok Dangerous (1999) Proof that lightning rarely strikes twice, the Pang Brothers’ tried to remake their own successful original with an added Nicolas Cage, and instead ended up with a withering score of 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. Taxi (2004) The Original: Taxi (1998) Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah teamed up for this commercially successful but critically panned remake. While the original has spawned three sequels in France, the American effort has unsurprisingly…not. Swept Away (2002) The Original: Travolti da un’Insolito Destino Nell’azzurro Mare d’Agosto (1974) When Lina Wertmüller, director of the original film, saw Guy Ritchie and Madonna’s 2002 version he allegedly left the theatre at the end crying, “What did they do to my movie? Why did they do this?” Enough said. My Sassy Girl (2008) The Original: That Bizarre Girl (2001) Although the American reimagining of the well-loved Korean rom-com isn’t actually bad per se, it’s still a great example of how much of the charm and originality of the original can simply be lost in translation. Last Man Standing (1996) The Original: Yojimbo (1961) Empire magazine ranked Yojimbo at #95 in their list of the “500 Greatest Films of All Time”. Bruce Willis stars in Hollywood’s box office trainwreck of an adaptation, which obviously didn’t make it onto any such lists. Quarantine (2008) The Original: REC (2007) Let us be clear, Quarantine is a pretty solid horror movie. It’s claustrophobic, decently cast and boasts enough scares to excite its audience. Where it falls down though, is how brazenly it copies the source material almost verbatim, aside from changing the ending (for the worse). In short, it’s impossible to enjoy Quarantine if you’ve seen the quite excellent REC. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
The world is a weird and wonderful place and should be experienced in all of its fantastic glory. If you are someone with a bold spirit and an adventurous soul, we might have just the right unusual travel destinations for you to consider for your next trip. Freetown Christiania, Denmark The Free Town of Christiania in Denmark is an autonomous, alternative, free-living utopia that exists right in the middle of Copenhagen. It is a hippie paradise and is wildly out of place in the centre of the orderly Danish capital. Visitors are welcome and are free to roam freely around the town, however, photography is prohibited in most areas. Slab City, USA Slab City is known as the last free place in America. It is completely uncontrolled by the government and living there is completely free and unregulated. It is a place of freedom and isolation. Situated close to Niland, California, the deserted World War II Marine outpost draws thousands of visitors annually. Door To Hell, Turkmenistan In 1971, a natural gas field collapsed and formed a 30 metre deep crater. The crater began to leak flammable methane. Scientists decided to set it on fire as a way to control the gas. They assumed it would burn off all of the natural gas within a few days, but incredibly enough, the fire still burns to this day. It is a miraculous sight and would make for one of the best photo opportunities of your life. The Chocolate Hills Of Bohol, Philippines There are over 1700 conical hills dotted across the middle of the island of Bohol in thePhilippines. They range in height but the regularity of their shape makes them look almost man made. According to UNESCO, they are the uplift of coral deposits and a result of rainwater erosion. The Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA This looks like it belongs on the set of a SciFi movie. Located on the edge of Black Rock Desert in Nevada, this geyser was accidentally created in 1964. An energy company drilled down into geothermal waters and caused this spectacular geyser to form. The scalding waters erupt five feet high and the mineral buildup means that the conical shape grows several inches year. The red and green hues are a result of the thermophilic algae. Cat Island, Japan The tiny island of Tashirojima, Japan has a population of merely one hundred humans, however they are grossly outnumbered by their furry feline friends. Cats were originally brought to the island to catch mice, as the island was once heavily involved in silk production and mice are natural predators of the silk worm. Locally, they are considered to be good luck and there is even a cat shrine on the island. There are even cute cat shaped cabins for tourists to stay in. Lake Natron, The Petrified Lake, Tanzania Lake Natron in Tanzania is a creepy spectacle to behold. Due to a mixture of salt and minerals called natron that exists heavily in the water, this lake is one of the deadliest lakes on the planet. Natron consists mainly of sodium bicarbonate and sodium carbonate. This causes the lake to sometimes have a pink or orange hue. Animals that die in the lake are turned into statues through calcification. The Sea Of Stars, Maldives Located on Vaadhoo Island, one of the islands of Raa Atoll in the Maldives you will find the breathtaking Sea Of Stars. It is a naturally occuring phenomenon wherein a chemical reaction known as bioluminescence takes place when the water is disturbed by oxygen. Phytoplankton, the marine microorganisms in the water, have a blue luminescence, which causes the water to glow a glorious blue colour. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
The popularity of comic books has increased exponentially over the last 20 years. They are no longer the property of the high school geek or the quiet nerd. A lot of people read them, and a lot of comic books, or rather graphic novels, are solely for adult audiences and deal with issues and themes not usually synonymous with the comic book genre. Graphic novels are no longer just about super heroes, and super heroes are no longer just about saving the day. With that increase in popularity has come a whole lot of movie adaptations of a whole lot of comic books. But like any film adaptation of any literature source, many of these movies have completely butchered their source material, much to the disdain of fans. But, many have created extremely faithful adaptations that provide a wonderful visual accompaniment to many much loved comics and graphic novels. Here, we take a look at some of the most faithful movie adaptations of some truly awesome comic books and graphic novels. V For Vendetta V For Vendetta is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore, a powerhouse in the graphic novel arena. The story is set in a dystopian future, and post nuclear war. England is a fascist police state, but there are rebellious factions operating in the city. One such rebel is V, a Guy Fawkes mask wearing anti-hero. The story follows V and his young protégée Evey Hammond as they try to take back power and bring down the government. This is one of the most faithful adaptations of a comic book on our list, with Alan Moore even going so far as to criticise the movie for being too faithful. His reasoning for this? He wrote the novel as a response to post-Thatcher Britain but felt a more modern retelling of his story should reflect the era in which it was being told. Whether you agree with Moore on this point or not, the movie was a huge success and V’s Guy Fawkes mask has become a symbol for a all activists trying to make a change to corrupt systems of power and hierarchy. It is a truly inspiring read, and also a cautionary tale of where power and corruption can lead, and how easy it could be for fascism to truly take hold. Sin City Sin City is a series of graphic novels by Frank Miller, set in the fictional underworld of Basin City. The books are neo-noir crime stories with that typical Miller edge to them. They were adapted for screen in 2005 by Robert Rodriquez who decided to keep the stylised black and white comic book aesthetic, and transitioned it to film. The actors were made to look exactly like their comic book counterparts, with the use of CGI and prosthetics. The whole world is a CGI creation and many scenes are lifted directly from the comic books. Frank Miller was also brought on board as Co-Director, which both enhanced the visual direction the movie took, and also ensured that the source material was fully respected. The movie is an amalgamation of some of the stories from the first few books and despite its overt comic book stylistics, has a gritty realism that allows the movie to stand out from other comic book adaptations. Ghost World Ghost World is a collection of comic strips by Dan Clowes that were originally published in issues 11–18 of Clowes’ comic book series, Eightball. The strip centres around Enid and Rebecca, two teenage best friends who go about their daily lives, hanging out, being generally cynical angsty teenagers. It is often times bleak, often times funny, and is a prosaic examination of the fraught passage from teenager to adult. In the move adaptation, Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson are perfectly cast as our two protagonists. The movie completely encapsulates the books themes of alienation and intense teenage friendship, and succinctly portrays the existential crises present in every over-thinking teenagers life. Cowles co-wrote the screenplay with Director Terry Zwigoff. This meant that he had a level of control over the adaptation, and the movie captures the comics visual tone exactly. 300 Another Frank Miller offering, this adaptation is one of the most faithful to the source material in existence. There are even points throughout the movie that, if you were to pause it, are the exact same, down to the last detail, as the corresponding panel in the graphic novel. It is painstaking in its accuracy. Utilising a similar technique to Sin City , the movie brings to life Millers world exactly. Shot in sepia tones with vivid, high contrast red used to portray blood, the movie is like a literal comic book sprung to life on screen. Both book and film are a retelling of the myth of King Leonidas of Sparta, who, with his force of just 300 men, fought the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. The movie encapsulates everything that is great about comic books, and by using slow motion camera techniques during intense battle scenes, it gives the viewers time to take in the carnage, in a similar way that reading a graphic novel does. Captain America: The Winter Soldier Captain America is a much loved character in the Marvel universe, both in comics and on screen. Traditionally his stories have been laden with political undertones and meaningful messages. While the movie’s story-line differs slightly from the comic book version, The Winter Soldier manages to perfectly capture the heroism of the Captain America comic books. Thematically, this movie is spot on in its portrayal of the complex relationship between Cap and his former friend and sidekick, Bucky, aka The Winter Soldier. Chris Evans is the perfect choice to play Captain America too, and the movie manages to bring the early comic book ethos of the Captain America comics into a modern setting, while still remaining true to its source material. Blue Is The Warmest Colour Blue Is The Warmest Colour is a Julie Maroh’s graphic novel. The movie won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and is an extremely faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel. The story centres around two young girls who meet in college and fall in love, and follows their lives together throughout the years. It is a beautiful and touching story, however, there were some concerns about the movie adaptation raised by members of the LGBT+ community. They were worried that male director, Abdellatif Kechiche, would not be able to correctly capture the nuances of lesbian romance, that are so prevalent and important to the overall themes in the graphic novel. It was a concern that was mirrored by Maroh herself, who has said that she felt Kechiche’s male perspective adversely affected this aspect of the movie. Aside from this element, the overall effect of the movie is an almost blow by blow account of the original material. Persepolis The most literal translation of source material to screen on this list has to be Marjane Satrapi’s adaptation of her own graphic novel Persepolis. The film is an animation that uses the same simplistic yet effective visual style as the comic. It is a semi-autobiographical tale of the young Satrapi, and her yearning to become a part of the revolution against the Shah of Iran. It serves as a warning also, about how an idealistic uprising, and search for justice and equality, can be taken over by sinister, insidious forces. Due to the fact that the movie is an animation, it is literally the exact same as the comic. It is a beautifully woven story, and is truly an essential reading, and viewing, especially with the state of the world at the moment. 30 Days Of Night Both the comic book and the movie adaptation of 30 Days Of Night were written and developed by Steve Niles. Set against the backdrop of an Alaskan town during its 30 day polar night, both movie and graphic novel depict a town under siege, by the cold, by the darkness and most worryingly, by vampires. The movie is slightly underrated, and misses some of the marks hit by the high octane intensity that is laced throughout the comics. Despite this, it is an extremely faithful adaptation of the comic books, and makes for a thoroughly entertaining vampire flick, with some interesting tweaks on traditional vampire lore.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
LGBT representation in film is nothing new. Although most movies from the golden age of cinema could only allude to homosexuality, it dates back as far as the silent movie era, with movies like Charlie Chaplin’s A Woman in 1915. Other movies like Morocco (1930), that starred Marlene Dietrich, and featured her performing a song in a tuxedo and kissing a woman, have become iconic in the LGBT cinephile’s world. The history of LGBT cinema is a long and colourful one, here we take a look at just some of the best examples of queer cinema. Starting with the 1961 movie The Children’s Hour and ending with 2015’s Bare, these movies show that queer cinema does not have to be camp or kitsch or even adhere to any stereotypes to be entertaining. One last thing: this list contains spoilers, so don’t hesitate to watch the movies you haven’t seen yet and come back to check out our opinion! The Children’s Hour – 1961   The Children’s Hour is a tragic tale of unrequited love and how rumours destroy lives. Oh, and how kids are the absolute worst! Staring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, it follows the story of two school teachers who run a boarding school for young girls. When one of the children makes an accusation towards the teachers, the school is shut down and the rumour mill starts on full throttle. While the word lesbian is never used, and they never explicitly explain what exactly it is the teachers are accused of, it is alluded to, and we are led to believe that the child has accused her teachers of kissing and carrying on an elicit affair. This is not the case however, and this child is a particularly spiteful brat. But through all the accusations and here-say, one of the women discovers she truly does have feelings for her friend, and in the end the story is one of deep tragedy. A truly ground breaking film in its time, MacLaine’s monologue, where she essentially comes out, (without ever using the phrase gay, lesbian, or other), is what Academy Awards are made of. The movie is based on a 1934 play of the same name by Lillian Hellman, and had been previously adapted by William Wyler in 1936, but instead of a lesbian relationship, he changed it to a rumoured affair with the others fiancé. This was the first time we saw anyone actually coming out on screen, and despite the movie’s tragic ending, the themes of unrequited love are handled with delicacy and tenderness. The Killing Of Sister George – 1968 What The Children’s Hour only alluded to, The Killing Of Sister George full on brandishes. The film follows June, an aging actress in a popular British soap opera. June lives with her lover Alice, a much younger woman. June is a flawed character with a fondness for booze. When June begins to spiral, a new television executive decides that she is too much of a liability and writes her character, Sister George, out of the show. June begins to become increasingly verbally abusive towards Alice, and her behaviour and insecurities begin to push her lover away. The movie showed the general public a glimpse at the hidden lesbian sub-culture that existed in London at the time. It also had a rather graphic lesbian sex scene, something that would go on to see the picture banned in many parts of the UK and Ireland. The movie was absolutely groundbreaking in its unflinching depiction of lesbianism and female-female relationships. It also explored the strange dichotomy that often exists in same sex relationships, where one will take on a more dominant, almost parental role and the other a more submissive, childlike role, (Alice’s nickname throughout the film is Childie, and June constantly brings her gifts of china dolls). It even explored unhealthy attachments coupled with violent tendencies, and what that means when it is between two women. Cabaret – 1972 Cabaret is a 1972 musical drama starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York. It is widely considered to be one of the most important moments in queer cinema for its unabashed depictions of bisexuality. Something that was considered entirely revolutionary at the time of its release. Set in Berlin in 1931, it follows Sally Bowles, (Liza Minnelli), an audacious American cabaret singer. She meets Brian Roberts (Michael York), a British academic who has come to Berlin to finish out his University degree. Enraptured by Sally’s free spirited hedonistic lifestyle, the two soon become lovers. Brian is questioning his sexuality however, and the arrival of Maximilian Von Heune (Helmut Griem), throws a spanner in the works for everyone! A study in friendship and relationships, the movie is set against the backdrop of the rise of the Nazi Party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic. Dog Day Afternoon – 1975 Al Pacino plays the inept thief Sonny Wortzik. He enlists the help of his buddy Sal Naturile (John Cazale) to rob a bank in Brooklyn. However things soon take a dramatic turn for the worst, and Sonny is forced to take hostages. During FBI negotiations, it is unveiled that Sonny is only robbing the bank to get the money together for his partner’s sex change operation. The tension builds and the fraught situation becomes untenable. It reaches its dramatic and inevitable climax. The movie dealt in themes that were not common place in the 70’s: sex change operations were not the thing of regular conversation. Interestingly, the movie is actually based on a real-life story that happened in the early seventies. The Chase Manhattan Bank in Gravesend, Brooklyn, was held siege by John Wojtowicz, an ex Vietnam vet who was determined to steal enough money for his male lover to undergo a sex change operation. However the real life story didn’t end as tragically as the movie adaptation did, and Wojtowicz was incarcerated for his crime. He later died in 2006. My Beautiful Laundrette – 1985 Taking place in the 1980’s and set against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, the movie follows the lives and romance of Omar and Johnny. Omar is a Pakistani boy, who looks after his father, who is an alcoholic. He is given the job of running his uncle Nasser’s laundromat. Johnny, (Daniel-Day Lewis), is a working class punk from South London and a friend of Omar’s since their school days. Johnny has joined a racist punk gang and has been alienated by the white community and all other racial groups in his area. However, after reconnecting with Omar, Johnny helps him to turn the laundromat into a disco, and the two eventually become lovers. But the focus of the story is more about the economic, race and family problems that existed in 1980’s Britain. The movie was directed by Stephen Frears, who later did Dangerous Liaisons, and High Fidelity. The movie tackled themes of interracial homosexual relationships in a way that hadn’t really been seen before. Desert Hearts – 1986 Set in Reno in 1959, Desert Hearts tells the story of Vivian, a big city career woman who divorces her husband and takes solace in the comforts and quietude of country living. She stays in a guest house where she meets the vivacious Cay. The two begin an unlikely friendship, and Vivian’s world is turned upside down, when Cay ignites a fire in her she didn’t know was there. A beautiful love story set against an idyllic landscape, this movie is a gorgeous romantic film. No gimmicks just a good story with a happy ending, an absolute rarity amongst lesbian themed movies. The Watermelon Woman – 1996 The Watermelon Woman was written by, directed by, and starred Cheryl Dunye. It is the first ever feature film to be written and directed by a black lesbian woman. The movie follows Cheryl, an aspiring film maker who works in a video store to pay her bills. She is making a documentary about an old movie actress from the 30’s called Fae Richards, or The Watermelon Woman. It transpires that Richards was in fact a lesbian herself, and had a white lover. During the time Cheryl finds this out, she begins to fall for her own white woman. Something that begins to cause unexpected problems between her and her peer group. The movie is a touching exploration of interracial lesbian relationships, and also examines how difficult it is to navigate archival sources that either exclude or ignore black queer women working in Hollywood. Boys Don’t Cry – 1999 Boys Don’t Cry tells the heartbreaking true story of the murder of Brandon Teena. Brandon Teena (Hillary Swank) is a young transgender man. He flees his hometown under duress, when his ex-girlfriend’s brother discovers that he was born biologically female. He finds a new home in the small town of Falls City, Nebraska. There, he befriends a group of troubled youths and falls in love with Lana (Chloë Sevigny). Lana is an aspiring singer, and the pair begin to plan for a future together. Brandon is welcomed with open arms by all around him, but he is still keeping his past a secret from his new found friends. Lana’s ex-convict/ex-boyfriend,John, and his friend Tom, discover Brandon’s secret, and the whole world comes shattering down around them. John and Tom subject Brandon to a brutal and violent assault and rape. When Brandon tries to report it, he is met with disdain from the local police department and treated like a criminal rather than a victim. When he and Lana plan to run away to somewhere new together, things take a dramatic turn for the worse. Featuring and absolute powerhouse of a performance by Swank in the lead role, this movie is both moving and completely traumatic. The depiction of Teena’s treatment when he went to report the rape will leave you feeling completely infuriated, and the end is just heartbreaking. What makes this movie even more compelling is that it is a true story, and highlights the plight, discrimination and fear that the transgender community must face on a daily basis. Mysterious Skin – 2004 Mysterious Skin is directed by Gregg Araki and deals with themes of pedophilia and male prostitution and the impact those things have on everyone involved. The movie tells the story of two pre-adolescent boys who are sexually abused by their baseball coach. Each of them has a very different reaction to this, and it shapes both of their lives in very different ways. One becomes a sexually audacious male prostitute, and the other retreats into reclusive fantasies of alien abduction. The two boys lives eventually become intertwined again as young adults, and they eventually find solace in one another. A beautiful unyielding look at the harsh realities of what abuse does to its victims, Mysterious Skin is a bold and unflinching tale. Difficult to watch at times, but ultimately a truly brilliant movie that is both harsh and tender. L.I.E – 2001 Another movie that deals with themes of pedophilia, sexual manipulation and power, L.I.E follows the story of Howie and his friend Gary. Howie is still reeling from the death of his mother, he feels lost and abandoned by his distant father. He strikes up an intense friendship/relationship with local bad boy Gary. The two spend their days getting up to general mischief and burglarizing their neighbours homes. They eventually, unwittingly rob the house of Big John, an ultra-manly ex-Marine, who is also, an unapologetic pedophile. He propositions Howie, who declines, but the two eventually develop a strange and dangerous friendship. The film is an intense, but delicately handled portrayal of loss, and the effect that has on a young developing teen. Howie is sexually ambiguous and confused, and the extreme feelings of loss and guilt he feels over his mother’s death contribute to how lost he feels. This ultimately is how he ends up in the clutches of Big John in the first place. Pariah – 2011 Troubled teenager Alike lives with her parents and her younger sister in Brooklyn. From the outset of the movie we learn that Alike knows she is a lesbian and is quietly accepting her identity on her own terms. She has a handful of lesbian friends and frequents gay nights in local bars. It follows her journey through meeting her first love, those first sexual experiences and inevitably the first heartbreak that comes along with that. A tender coming of age drama set against a super cool urban back drop, this movie is a heartwarming story of self acceptance. It also boasts an absolutely incredible sound track of young female hip hop and urban artists. Bare – 2015 Bare follows the tale of a young woman, tapped in a dead end job, and a dead end relationship, who has her world turned upside down by a free-spirited female drifter. Sarah is bored with the monotonous humdrum of her day to day life. When Pepper shows up at her doorstep with nowhere to stay, Sarah allows the enigmatic stranger to stay on the couch. Pepper goes on to lead Sarah on a roller-coaster ride of drugs and danger and opens the melancholic young woman’s eyes to a world of unending possibilities. The movie’s rich and beautiful cinematography adds a wistful element to this sweeping tale of discovery and excess. An emotionally intelligent and sensitive portrayal of small town malaise and the yearn to escape it. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Estimes when an actor plays a role in a series, they essentially become this character and its hard to believe they could act in anything else! For example, Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter or Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G or Borat. Games of Thrones is no exception to this, and when we are immersed in the world of the series it’s hard to remember that Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister played other roles before embodying these ones. Some of the actors didn’t have to do more than change their hair, while others have completely changed!   Thomas Brodie- Sangster Played Sam in 2003 in Love Actually and Jojen Reed in GOT The young actor also played Hitler in Hitler: The Rise of Evil and also acted alongside Liam Neeson in Love Actually, so he easily integrated into the cast of the GOT series. Charles Dance as David Carlton in Ali G Indahouse and Then Tywin Lannister Charles Dance is best known for playing roles as the baddie in a film, especially in James Bond For Your Eyes Only. A little interesting fact: the actor didn’t read GOT, and he only learnt about the death of his character from one of his fans, he thought the character was going to be in the entire series. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, From basketball to GOT It was after a knee injury provoked by playing basketball that this actor decided to take part in Strongman competitions. He won a competition and gained the title of strongest man in Iceland. In 2011 he was ranked as the 6th strongest man in the world and then the 3rd in 2012, 2103,2015. In 1969 Diana Rigg Played Tracy in On her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Is Now Playing Olena Tyrrel Known for being a Bond Girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969 Diana Rigg has shown her acting talents throughout her career and is one of the only characters in GOT that could ride a horse in real life! In 1994 she was nominated with the honor of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire! Kristian Nairn, a DJ Before He Was an Actor A well known DJ from Northern Ireland, he performed with The Scissor Sisters and also in South Africa before his first big role in GOT. Liam Cunningham Played Agravin First Knight in 1995 and Now Davos Seaworth After a long career in small and big scale productions, this Irish actor has appeared in several successful series and films. Liam Cunningham tried to get into the first season of GOT but didn’t make it. However in the second season and he had more luck, getting cast as Davos Seaworth. Sean Bean Played Horace Clark in 1984 in The Bill and Later Took on the Role of Eddard Stark Briefly playing a gangster in the series The Bill , it was a while after we got to see his face again as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings. Iwan Rheon Was a Misfit Before GOT A Scottish actor and musician, Iwan Rheon is also known for his role in Misfits before taking on the role of Ramsay Bolton in the series. Lena Headey Played the Role Of Young Mary in Waterland and Now Plays Cersei Lannister In the 1990’s at the young age of 17 Lena Heady began her career in acting: she took part in films such as The Jungle Book and played Queen Gorgo in 300. Kit Harrington Played a Role in War Horse and Is Now Jon Snow A graduate of theater from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Harrington auditioned at the same time as his colleagues Iwan Rheon, Alfie Allen and Joe Dempsie. After a few performances, he was chosen as the person to play Jon Snow. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
  Just because you’re a Hollywood movie star with the world on a string doesn’t mean that everything goes perfectly well for all of your movies. Sometimes even the most famous actors have bad days or bad attitudes that lead them straight out of the show. These 15 actors got fired right on set ! Bruce Willis in The Expendables 3 When the figure of the salary he asked for was way too high, he got ousted from the distribution. Stallone will go as far as saying on Twitter “Greedy and lazy… a sure formula for career failure”. Ryan Gosling in Lovely Bones As he really wanted to put himself in the shoes of a mourning father, Gosling willingly gained over 66 pounds ! End Result : he was too fat before filming and Peter Jackson gave the role to Mark Wahlberg. Stuart Townsend in The Lord of the Rings Before Viggo Mortensen was chosen for his role in the trilogy, Townsend was supposed to be Aragon until the day before the production started. Before that day he trained for 2 months in sword wielding and the production even refused to pay for the training after they fired him. Isaiah Washington in Grey’s Anatomy After being in the shoes of Dr Burke for the first two seasons of the show, he got fired during the third season after making homophobic statements about one of the actors of the show. He was written out of the script when he ran away from his own wedding, ouch… Gary Dourdan in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation The man who played Warrick Brown in the show told the media he was leaving the series because of differences in “creative choices”. Truth was that Dourdan had some legal problems stemming from gambling and possession of cocaine and ecstasy. He ended up breaking somebody’s nose … his wife’s! James Purefoy in V for Vendetta Hugo Weavin replacing Purefoy was brought to light and explained by the fact that there was “artistic disputes” on set. The real matter was that he had to wear the mask for the entire shooting. After 6 weeks in, he left the set so the production used the materials they had with Purefoy, overlapped with Weaving’s voice to unify everything, nice and easy ! Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future After he was thought too serious for a role supposedly fun and off-beat, he got replaced by Michael J Fox to be Marty McFly in the movies, all of this happened a month and a half into production… Robert Downey Jr in Gravity This one won’t be about disputes or behaviourial problems, but simple technology was the culprit when the director had to change Robert Downey Jr for George Clooney. All the equipment used for the movie was a bit too much for the actor to cope with. Thomas Gibson in Criminal Minds One could wonder why the production would fire the main actor after more than 12 seasons. Well long story short Thomas Gibson, aka special agent Hotch, got fired because he hit one of the writers of the show, which is why he just appeared in the first two episodes of the next season. Megan Fox in Transformers 3 After a hefty argument between the actress and Michael Bay, mostly about the way he worked and portrayed her, Steven Spielberg decided to drive her away from the production and replace her for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Harvey Keitel in Apocalypse Now Another contestant in the premature layoff category, Francis Ford Coppola decided after just one week into filming to change captain Willard’s role and give it to Martin Sheen, whom Coppola found very convincing in the Godfather. After this decision Keitel really pondered if he should put an end to his acting journey in the United States. Lisa Kudrow in Frasier Even though her one of a kind character in Friends is known worldwide, Kudrow was originally supposed to be in a show called Frasier in the early 1990s. It was just before the show that she was estimated unfit by the production and was fired. Which is also part of the reason why she ended up with an even more massive role that most of us still recall today. This worked out well for Lisa Kudrow … we bet the production team at Frasier were kicking themselves! Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards The actor got fired after harassment complaints, and after some internal investigation, the production decided to go on without him for a 6th and last part of the show, with Robin Wright as the main actress. Tobey Maguire in Life of Pi Spiderman’s main actor wasn’t really fired on set… but while editing ! The director Ang lee thought he was too famous for his part and that it would disturb the other actors on set and the audience. It was then decided to cut him and replace him with Rafe Spall. Jean Claude Van Damme in Predator Wearing a confusing costume during the set of Predator, JCVD thought he would be fighting Arnorld Schwarzenegger using martial arts and kept on believing so even after the production told him it would just be the predator costume. His agitated behaviour after that forced the production to fire him. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }