Viewers may have been grossed out by a very gory scene in Leave The World Behind, but spare a thought for leading lady Julia Roberts, who was left pleading with bosses to end filming because she couldn’t stand the stomach-aching moment.
The Netflix movie, Based on Rumaan Alam’s 2020 novel of the same name, it follows the Sanford family: mother Amanda (Julia Roberts), daddy clay (Ethan Hawke), and teenagers Rose and Archie (Farrah Mackenzie and Charlie Evans), as they trade Brooklyn for a last-minute vacation at a luxurious rental home on Long Island.
But strange events begin to happen, from a tanker truck running aground on the beach to malfunctioning cell phones and a national emergency alert on television.
In one particularly heartbreaking scene, Archie loses his teeth before he begins to physically pull them out of his bloody gums, something that almost proved too much for 56-year-old Julia.
Julia Roberts begged filming to end because she couldn’t bear another take of the stomach ache moment in Netflix hit Leave The World Behind.
During a particularly harrowing scene in the Sam Esmail-directed film, Archie, played by Charlie Evans, physically rips his teeth out of his bloody gums.
The realistic scene was the work of Gary Archer, the creator of SPFX teeth, who said his prosthetic work was so effective that Julia and many members of the cast and crew couldn’t handle the “disgusting” images.
Recalling the scene, Gary, who created Mike Myers’ distinctive teeth for the Austin Powers trilogy, told DailyMail.com: “I had to be on set that day, because the teeth that were broken are held in place with wax, so that I had to constantly put them back in. for each shot.
“Poor Julia Roberts, whose stomach is turning from dental blood, was sitting there while we did take after take after take and she hated it.”
The denture expert, who worked on both the film and TV series Interview with the Vampire, continued: “She’s like, ‘Can we finish?’ This is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” I said, “I guess a career in the dental field isn’t for you, Julia.”
“I felt very happy that my work was having such an effect on her.”
Gary continued: ‘I love it when someone turns around and says what I created makes me sick to my stomach or that it was horrible to watch.
“Even on set, when they were filming Leave The World Behind with the cameramen and all the crew, seeing them say, ‘That’s just disgusting,’ made me think, ‘Job done!'”
Gary, known as the godfather of FX teeth, moved from London to the US in 1976 with his father, where they ended up working together as technicians in a dental laboratory.
The realistic scene was the work of legendary dental technician Gary Archer, known for creating Mike Myers’ distinctive teeth in the Austin Powers trilogy.
He revealed to DailyMail.com that his prosthetic work was so effective that Julia and many members of the cast and crew couldn’t handle the “disgusting” images.
The Netflix film, based on Rumaan Alam’s 2020 novel of the same name, follows two families trying to make sense of strange events in the middle of a blackout in New York City.
They began creating dental prosthetics for movies in the mid-1990s, after special effects makeup legend Greg Cannom commissioned them to make a set of teeth that fell out of someone’s mouth and into a glass of water.
The scene featured in the beloved 1993 comedy, Mrs Doubtfire, and his work launched Gary’s place in the upper echelons of the special effects world.
Gary is known as the godfather of FX teeth.
Since then, the dental technician has created the smiles of some of the most memorable characters, including Austin Powers’ twisted smile and Blade’s incredible fangs.
In more recent work, Gary created the deliberately “silly” looks that Ben Affleck wore to transform into his character, Rex Stone, in his wife Jennifer Lopez’s new film, This Is Me… Now.
“We received a request to make Ben as ridiculously unrecognizable as possible with white porcelain veneers,” he said.
“We made these ridiculously silly white veneers, square, big, white… I was reading an article online that said, ‘These teeth are the stuff of nightmares,’ which I thought was brilliant.”
Meanwhile, Gary’s work is also highlighted in the FX series, Feud: Capote vs The Swans, as he helped actress Naomi Watts replicate the smile of her character, 70s socialite Babe Paley.
The eight-episode series tells the story of acclaimed writer Truman Capote, who ruins his friendships with a group of socialites, known as the ‘Swans,’ in New York City, by writing a false account of his scandalous affairs. lives in his novel Answered Prayers.
Gary began creating dental prosthetics for movies in the mid-1990s and now has dental molds for almost everyone in Hollywood thanks to his pioneering career.
Gary said: ‘In real life, Naomi has very distinctive teeth. She has two very prominent front teeth, center teeth and everything else is a little bit back, so the task was to make a denture that didn’t look fake, but rather resembled the beautiful dentures that Babe Paley wore. ..and we were able to do it.
‘I’ve been watching the series and I was surprised. When I saw them on the screen I thought, “God, did I really do that because they looked so incredibly natural?” They didn’t look like false teeth.
However, not all stars enjoy wearing replicas of their characters’ teeth, as Gary revealed that Naomi’s co-star Diane Lane rejected the false teeth he made for her character, Nancy ‘Slim’ Keith.
“Nancy actually had pretty bad teeth and she had a cross in the front,” Gary explained. “So I went ahead and copied them, but I don’t think Diane Lane particularly liked the look of hers, even though they were historically correct.”
He added: “I think she felt like they took away from her character, they didn’t make her look as elegant as maybe Diane wanted.” The producers gave the go-ahead for her not to wear them.