O'Toole was an acting legend and his performance as T.E.Lawrence is still considered one of most iconic in cinema history. The man was also a legend for his insane drinking habits, and that also worked into the making of the film. He got himself black-out drunk and made a fearless performance of a raid by camelback.
2. Ol' Dirty Bastard - 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'
36 Chambers remains one of the untouchable hip-hop albums from its grime and energy. It’s not a surprise that it came as such a blur for some of the members of the WU, particularly to the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. In an interview before his death, he recalled having no memories of making the record, just being drunk or in a state of hangover.
During his Thin White Duke era, Bowie produced an album that would set a lasting legacy with its pioneering sounds. According to Bowie’s biographer, however, he was so addicted to drugs his diet had famously reduced to just peppers, milk, and cocaine. Bowie has said that he was no recollection of making Station to Station, only knowing it was made in LA because he read it was.
The legendary metal statesman has a reputation for his wacky antics as well as his tough music – ask the bats and ants that have felt his wrath. His crippling addiction during the 1990s not only washed away memories of the albums he made but he doesn’t recall starting freaking Ozzfest, the fame metal festival with his name on it. He thoroughly loved the '80s, however.
The very mediocre modern cinematic transfer of the popular '80s TV show was the beginning of director Michael Mann’s decline but it also took a serious toll on Colin Farrell, who was playing sleazy undercover cop Sonny Crockett. The serious amount of drugs and booze he was on during filming put him at a point where he doesn’t remember a single frame of it. He immediately got on a plane to rehab as soon as filming wrapped up.
Another Black Sabbath-related music artist, drummer Bill Ward, also had issues with making jams while taking shots. His alcoholism was at its highest when he laid down his drum work on Heaven and Hell. He said in an interview that he didn’t remember any of the process.
Hot off his success with Trainspotting, McGregor kept his stardom going with a string of movies, some hits, and some misses – The Phantom Menace sits somewhere between. When he played the lead in the major flop that was Eye of the Beholder, his growing drinking problem took hold and erased any memory of making the movie. According to one interview, he has no memory of watching it at all, which is probably a good thing.
The sarcastic Chandler Bing played by Matthew Perry had big changes in his character within seasons three to six of Friends. His cocktail of vodka, Vicodin, and methamphetamines created enough chaos in his mind that he doesn’t remember any of the acting he did during those years. He’s not a strong advocate for addiction awareness.
The Police Academy series had enough success to spawn a total of seven. Actor G.W. Bailey who plays Lt. Thaddeus Harris, told an interviewer that while had fun making some of them, he was so drunk making the fourth one he has no idea what the movie was about. He’s onto better thing in television now.
11. Alice Cooper - 'Zipper Catches Skin', 'DaDa' and 'Special Forces'
So many '70s rockers struggled in keeping up with the changes of the 80s and shock rocker Alice Cooper was not safe from that difficulty. Three of the albums of that era – Zipper Catches Skin, DaDa and Special Forces – didn’t make the impact Cooper wanted, which didn’t help with his alcoholism at the time. In an interview, he said he wished he could re-record them since he doesn’t remember writing them.
When you have to make a sexy love scene in Sin City, you have to make sure it’s done right. That’s why Kate Bosworth drank enough Grey Goose until it got “sloppy and messy” and had problems standing. She doesn’t remember making the love scene with actor Jim Strugess.
13. Daniel Radcliffe - A Few 'Harry Potter' Movies
Sometimes your innocence will be shattered by an actor’s substance abuse, but when it’s Harry Potter himself that can be hard to take in. Radcliffe was drinking a lot during the filming of the last few Harry Potter movies, so much that he would show up to shoots completely blitzed from the night before. He has said in articles that he can point out scenes where he is completely gone from the moment and that there were moments of complete blackouts.
Van Damme playing a fashion designer fighting terrorist seems like the silliest premise to an action movie ever made. Then again, he’s made movies where he’s a time traveling lawman and a video game character, For Knock Off, however, he claims that he does not remember making it because of the amount of cocaine he was using at the time.
15. Eric Bell, Ex-Thin Lizzy Guitarist - The First Thin Lizzy Album
The original guitarist of Irish rock band Thin Lizzy was not part of the lineup that went big. He left because he did not want to get sucked up into the substance abuse the band was leading him into. The recording of the first album is lost to him mentally from the amount of weed they’d smoke in the studio.