Fear of heights in film

Film stars as fear of heights sufferers

Just imagine it. Tobey Maguire, the famous actor playing Spiderman character, swinging over streets on a crane or a rope in the film, admitted his fear of heights. (If he could overcome it, you can, too!)

If you are also a fear of hights sufferer, don't be afraid, you are not the only one. While I don't know about your neighbors or friends, there is an enormous number of heights phobics between famous people.

Besides the already mentioned Tobey Maguire, other sufferers (who were very often able to overcome their fear of heights for some of their film roles) include Russel Crowe, James D'Arcy, Ed McMahon (TV talk show host), Kevin Chapman and Joaquin Phoenix (John Travolta's costars in Ladder 49 who both had to overcome their extreme fear of heights in a training prior to the film), or Liam Neeson.

Both Russel Crowe (as British sea captain Jack Aubrey) and James D'Arcy (his first lieutenant) had to overcome their fear of heights to play in the "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."

Elmo Lincoln, one of the first Tarzans in the movie, had a heights phobia that kept him from doing any tree work, so he was limited to filming just the scenes that took place on the ground.

While Peter Falk probably didn't have a fear of heights himself, his most famous character, Columbo, had a rather serious one.

Speaking about fear of heights and films in general, probably the most heights phobia related film is Vertigo, one of the top 100 U.S. films in the history, directed by Alfred hitchcock, an eerie drama about a heights phobic and former San Francisco police detective, from 1958, with James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes as main stars. Another is High Anxiety from 1977, Mel Brooks homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, about a Harvard psychiatrist having to face his concealed fears.


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