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Ah, the joys of method acting. From Anne Hathaway eating a square of dried oatmeal a day for her bone-flattering role in Les Misérables to Christian Bale pretty much losing anything but skin in preparation for The Machinist, Hollywood's finest will stop at nothing to get into character. But while most method acting achievements tend to be heavily utilized in the promotion of the movie, celebrating the poor souls' dedication as a new record in the Acting Olympics, others tend to stay unnoticed — and for good reason.

Thankfully, the internet has always made it its mission to dig up the delightfully shameful bits of trivia that some stars would rather not have revealed. Just recently, we uncovered for you the brilliant plot of Matthew McConaughey's finest work, Tiptoes, and now we'd like to collectively remember that time Nicole Kidman peed on Zac Efron.

Remember The Time Nicole Kidman Pissed On Zac Efron?

'The Paperboy' / Millennium Films
'The Paperboy' / Millennium Films

Yes, you read that right. Jared Leto can take his used condoms home, because Kidman beat him at spectacular method acting years ago. Back in 2012, she and Efron were starring in a '60s crime flick alongside McConaughey — I'm starting to think most of Hollywood's dirty secrets involve the crooner turned sweaty Southerner — and her fake-tanned, platinum-haired character, Charlotte Bless, had a sexy scene involving a little bit of a wee. More precisely, Efron's Jack Jansen gets stung by a jellyfish, and because we all know that the yellow liquid helps alleviate the burn, Charlotte helps him out. Bless her.

Now, this kind of scene can obviously involve fake pee, or pee that was pre-peed into a little pee container, so that it can be conveniently poured over Efron's hot hot body. But Kidman was so deep into her character that she figured her own bladder would totally be able to pull it off. And when the movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 — where it got a 16-minute standing ovation — the internet got drunk on the news of her urinary shenanigans.

'People Love It Or Hate It'

'The Paperboy' / Millennium Films
'The Paperboy' / Millennium Films

While she seemed not too shaken by the experience itself, she obviously wished the tabloids would leave her in pe(e)ace. As she told Deadline, she was actually surprised there was so much noise around the performance:

"Yes, I did the scene. That was what Lee wanted. It was in the script. And it's pretty out there. I mean I love Zac. He's such a great guy and let me just say I am glad it was him. I feel safe with Zac and hopefully he feels safe with me. Oh my God I can't believe it's all over Twitter. Of course it would be all over Twitter."

I guess that's one way to feel safe! And again, what would Hollywood be if it weren't for the thrills of doing something crazy? The movie was quite shocking as a whole, and she's defended that was part of the excitement of making it:

"It shocked people. Yes, it's very polarizing but that's cool by me. That's the sort of stuff I do and I am used to that. People love it or hate it. You get the Guardian giving it the most incredible review and then you get other reviews going 'what is this? I don't get it.' But that's me as an actor. I like that high wire stuff because I would rather do that than be bland."

Bland is indeed the last word I'd use to qualify her role in The Paperboy. Need a little refresher? Here's the trailer:

This Florida swamp ain't humid, it's wet.


What do you think of this kind of method performance?

[Source: Deadline]