Which is usually a look other Baldwins give when Steven speaks.
Later, the cast mutinously approached Singer in his office to tell him that while they respected Del Toro as an actor, none of them could figure out what the hell he was trying to do.
Singer was willing to stick by Del Toro's unconventional decision, and he told the cast that any time they didn't understand what he said, they should ask him to repeat himself in character, if only to signal to the viewers that they themselves were not going crazy and he was indeed talking like Mushmouth after dental surgery. So thanks to Del Toro, the one character who was designed to be completely forgettable wound up being one of the most memorable aspects of the movie.
Judy Garland Was Horribly Abused While Filming The Wizard Of Oz
From the very beginning, studio executives were worried that Judy Garland was too fat to play a happy-go-lucky Kansas farm girl, so in an effort to prevent her lumbering, gelatinous ass from literally sinking the production, they put her in a corset and shoved amphetamines down her throat hand over fist. She was 16 at the time, but this was the 1930s, when forcing children into meth addiction was standard Hollywood practice. As opposed to today, where it's totally different. (We use prescription pills now.)
MGM executive Louis B. Mayer was so committed to making sure Garland got down to an acceptable weight that he had people follow her around to make sure she wasn't cheating on her diet. That diet, by the way, consisted of chicken soup, coffee, and ... 80 cigarettes a day. Holy fuck, 1930s.
"Somewheeeere over the rainbow, IIIII eeeat fooooood ..."
Garland's co-stars didn't treat her any better, either. The actors who played the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wizard refused to even talk to her between takes, insisting that they were serious actors and resented playing second fiddle to a woman. Even on screen, they would attempt to shove her to the back of the scene like a bunch of schoolyard bullies. Ironically, the only friend she made on set was Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch.
Director Victor Fleming was an utter bastard, too. Garland had an unfortunate habit of laughing at Bert Lahr's (Cowardly Lion) antics during filming, so Fleming would have to occasionally take her into the back and slap the humor out of her. The fucking Land of Oz is no place for whimsy, Judy.
"Too bad this doesn't work in real life."
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