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Is The Wolfman less scary if he's being hand-fed sandwiches? That's what happened to Benicio del Toro on the set of the upcoming gothic horror film The Wolfman. Says del Toro, whose prosthetic-heavy werewolf costume took three hours to apply, "I needed a team to help me if I wanted to say something because I had to take off my teeth. They would take off my hands so I could scratch myself or eat."
As a rule, the more impressive the costume, the more it takes its toll on the actor inside. Here are six other actors who couldn't function in their elaborate costumes:
1. Rebecca Romijn in X-Men
Even though Romijn was basically naked as Mystique in the X-Men films, her blue body paint and 100 scales were hand-applied, taking 8-9 hours every morning.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal
Beauty-obsessed actress Paltrow complained extensively in interviews about her fat suit, which took three hours to put on, and required a sticky, Vaseline-like substance to be poured over her whole body in order to remove it. She also found the experience of wearing it "incredibly isolating."
3. Jack Haley in The Wizard of Oz
Talk about bad luck: the first actor cast as the Tin Man, Buddy Ebsen, nearly died of aluminum poisoning from the costume's paint. The guy who actually played the role fared a bit better, but the costume was so hard to move in that he couldn't sit down -- he had to recline on a board in between takes.
4. Michael Chiklis in Fantastic Four
Chiklis claims he had a full-on anxiety attack the first time he wore his Thing costume, in which he was trapped for 12 hours at a time. "It's a little like being in the seventh circle of hell," he told reporters.
5. Kenny Baker in Star Wars
The diminutive Baker (3 feet 8 inches) played R2D2 in all Star Wars films, but the hardest part was the first movie: Not only was he unable to move his limbs inside the costume, he was essentially trapped inside a metal tin can in the Tunisian desert. By the final movie, crew members were pasting pin-up photos inside R2D2's costume to make things more bearable.
Chime In: Could you sit for three hours while being squeezed into one of these costumes?