Nicolas Cage Got His Tooth Pulled Out Without Anesthetics
Nicolas Cage played one of two friends, Alfonso "Al" Columbato, in the 1984 drama Birdy, depicting what they went through serving in the Vietnam War. Cage's character got injured from a bomb and when he got hospitalized, he had his face bandaged. The actor was living with that bandage for about a month and when he took it off, his face was messed up as the bandage caused acne and ingrown hair.
The actor had an even crazier idea of how to get into character better. He had an appointment planned to pull out 2 teeth and it was during the shooting. Wanting to see what it felt like to have a hurting face, he decided that he didn't need anesthetics. Nicolas Cage told the Telegraph, "They were baby teeth. So I took advantage of it and had them out. I thought it would add an interesting dimension to the role."