This brings a new meaning to ‘method acting’. Losing some weight for a role is one thing, but try sharing your house with a giant furry killing machine! In 1969 married acting couple Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall were in Africa when they encountered a pride of lions living in an abandoned house. They were moved by the majestic animals and resolved to create a film that advocated conservancy of the beautiful species.
In order to be as effective as possible, they were advised by animal experts to spend as much time with the big cats as possible.
So what did they do? They got themselves a new housemate, Neil the lion. The following photo series is one hundred percent authentic and shows Hedren, Marshall and their daughter Melanie on a day to day basis living with a 600 lbs predator. From raiding the fridge to play-fighting, Neil seems to behave like the average domestic pet… except for the pervasive sense of anxiety that he might rip someone’s limbs off at any minute.
The resulting film, Roar, was released in 1981 and Hedren (who starred in Hitchcock’s The Birds) still lives today on her reserve for neglected exotic animals. She has over 70 housemates including Michael Jackson’s bengal tiger.