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9. Malcolm McDowell in "A Clockwork Orange"

If all those scenes of ultraviolent rehab in Stanley Kubrick’s "A Clockwork Orange" had you wondering how Malcolm McDowell escaped with his eyes unscathed, well, you’re not alone.

Though McDowell’s eyes were anesthetized during shooting, the clamps were actually attached to his eyelids. They were also being used incorrectly, with McDowell sitting upright rather than lying down. McDowell later said he was in excruciating pain during the entire shoot, suffered temporary blindness as a result of his eyes being forced open for so long, and ended up with a sliced cornea. Turns out those screams weren’t a result of great acting but rather just genuine torture.

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