Ingrid Bergman regretted turning down Charlton Heston Planet of the Apes role | Films | Entertainment
Ingrid Bergman is still known for Casablanca, from a career that won three Oscars and many other awards.
The Swedish star was a critical and commercial success but later admitted that she felt trapped in roles that were too often due to her innate beauty and elegance.
One film could have changed everything and she later told her daughter Isabella Rossellini how deeply she regretted running it for two reasons.
However, she may not have known how bleak and traumatic it would be, driving the star who took on the role to heal herself daily while Heston suffered greatly. too.
In fact, it is almost impossible to believe that she could have taken the role depicted below in 1968’s Planet of the Apes.
Humphrey Bogart might have said something stronger than “Here’s looking at your baby” if Bergman had been transformed into the chimpanzee Zira.
But Rossellini said her mother had this to say: “she regretted turning down part of the Planet of the Apes franchise…she was surprised at how well it did.
“I know she was tired of playing roles, which would not allow her to throw away her royalties. I think she realized that all those putty muzzles would free her from the goosebumps in an instant.
“But she hesitated, the part went to someone else, and she and Charlton Heston never came again so close to work together.”
Back in 1951 Kim Hunter won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress playing Stella opposite Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.
She would play the monkey scientist Dr. Zira in three films, although her first experience was disappointing.
The hours she spent in the make-up chair from 5am and then on set with heavy prosthetics attached to her face gave the actress severe claustrophobia and she started taking valium every day. When she tried to stop, her makeup artist threatened to quit because she was so frantic and impossible to work with.
She also had to slather her face in vaseline every night because the glues used made her face red and raw.
To stop wearing make-up and prosthetics, actors had to use long cigarette holders and could only ingest liquids through a straw. No food was allowed. Hunter stopped eating at all during the days on set.
Hollywood tough guy Heston, meanwhile, was facing his own battles.
He was really sick with a bad flu for a large part of the shoot, but the producers liked the way he made his voice gruff so he insisted on continuing filming.
He was exhausted and sick and suffered even more than everyone else when they filmed scenes in the bright Arizona desert. Much of the cast and crew passed away, including director Franklin J. Schaffner.
It was not only Bergman who rejected the film, famous stars such as Ursula Andress and Raquel Welch faced the human slave Nova.
The role eventually went to Linda Harrison, who was the mistress of producer Richard D Zanuck at the time, and later became his wife.
After all the trials and tribulations, the filmmakers and crews remained anxious until the moment the film was shown. Heston believed in it from the start, throwing scene sketches around Hollywood for years, and no one showed any interest.
It ended up being a huge box office and critical hit. Against a budget of $5.8 million it grossed over $33 million in the US alone.
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