Actor: Entire cast and crew
Film: Dazed & Confused
Clue That Something Was Up: When a 20-something Matthew McConaughey stars in a film, you can pretty much guarantee that a few people on set are going to be putting it in the air. Add to that the fact that McConaughey and the rest of the cast's only real job throughout the film was to act stoned, and we're guessing that a steady supply of Visine is the only thing that kept this classic from looking like a tale of a conjunctivitis outbreak amongst a group of Chinese teenagers. "You couldn't handle that on strong acid man," but strong pot, well we're guessing thats what lends the movie its air of authenticity.
Actor: Pat Morita
Film: The Karate Kid
Clue That Something Was Up: The scene in which Daniel walks in on Mr. Miyagi throwing back shots to screams of "Bonsai" always felt out of place to us as kids. In a movie marked by sheer pop escapism, and set in some alternate universe where karate tournaments sell out auditoriums, this scene felt realistically sad and acutely based in the real world. We never could quite put our finger on how this piece of depressingly authentic acting slipped its way into the film.
That all changed when People reported last year that Pat Morita died due to complications caused by a long term battle with alcoholism. Talk about a crane kick to the gut. Every fan of
We can just imagine that day of shooting, "Cut! Wow, Pat that was, that was amazing. Very poignant. Pat, you can stop crying, the scene' over. Pat, leave Elizabeth Shue out of this. We're still trying to get her to sign on for the sequel. Oh Jesus, Pat please, pull your pants up."