"There's nothing to worry about. You're going to be just fine. I will take good care of you. I'm your number one fan."
Ten Fascinating facts about the movie adaptation of Stephen King's Misery.
Based on the 1987 Stephen King Novel Misery, the movie version of Misery starred Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes, the number one fan of author Paul Sheldon, who was played by James Caan. Made in 1990, Misery tells of how Annie finds and takes care of Sheldon after he has had a car accident. Until, that is, she finds out that the author is about to kill off her favourite character Misery Chastain in his latest book, and then things begin to turn very nasty.
Misery is a suspense film with plenty of shocks as well as lots of brooding menace and Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her brilliant portrayal of the deranged Annie Wilkes. Here are ten facts about Misery the movie that you may not have known.
1. Bette Midler thought Misery was too violent for herBette Midler was offered the part of Annie Wilkes, but she turned it down because she thought the film was too violent. She later called her decision “stupid”.
Stephen King said in an interview that Annie Wilkes as a metaphor for the drug addiction that he was battling with at the time he wrote the novel. He said that Annie Wilkes was like drugs had been to him; they were his number one fan and they wouldn’t let him go.
James Caan and Kathy Bates had very different ways of approaching acting and that caused some big disagreements during the shooting of Misery. Caan likes to approach a role with little rehearsal, whereas Bates prefers to practice a lot before a shoot. When Bates complained about this to director Rob Reiner, Reiner told Bates to use her frustration in her characterisation of Annie Wilkes.
3. Caan and Bates disagreed over acting methods
The role of Paul Sheldon called for a lot of lying in bed, and that is something that James Caan was not too keen on doing. He spent most of the 15 weeks of shooting lying in a bed and he said that Rob Reiner was playing a sadistic joke on him, because Reiner knew that Caan would hate it.