The flagship of M. Night Shyamalan’s filmography, “Sixth Sense” has established itself as a cult American thriller. The feature film was not easy for actress Toni Collette, who would have liked to leave her character on the set.
Sixth Sense: a role that does not escape Toni Collette
become cult, Sixth Sense is perhaps M. Night Shyamalan’s most beloved feature film. The film follows the young Cole Sear living a daily life that is disturbing, to say the least. Victim of paranormal visions, the boy helps a psychologist to understand these abnormal events. This horror-thriller stars Bruce Willis as the therapist and Haley Joel Osment as the eight-year-old boy, while Toni Collette plays the child’s mother.
Lynn Sear, played by the Australian actress, is almost as disturbed as her son. The idea that her child is constantly seeing ghosts shakes her. For this role, Toni Collette obtained an Oscar nomination in 2000. A winning bet for the director who absolutely wanted her to shoot in the film, after watching her performance in Muriel by PJ Hogan. However, the actress could have not been on the poster of Sixth Sense.
All because of a hairstyle. On the day of the hearing, she appears with a shaved head. M. Night Shyamalan fears the producers are worried about his appearance. He did not show the audition and, supported by Bruce Willis, the filmmaker asked Toni Collette for the role. Without seeing the video, the studio agrees to hire him. During the production of the film, she also wears a wig which, according to Shyamalan, comes straight from the shooting of Velvet Goldmine.
Spirit, are you there?
In an interview given to Slant Magazine, Toni Collette talks about her experience during Sixth Sense. The actress lives hectic hours outside of filming in her hotel room in Philadelphia. Paranormal phases that worry the actress, and that upset her sleep:
While we were spinning Sixth Sense, weird things have happened to me. In the hotel room where I was in Philadelphia, I started meditating a lot and then I woke up in the night, turned around and looked at the clock and it was always a repeating number: 1:11, 3:33, 4:44. It really started to scare me.
When she spins Hitchcock, the biopic about the renowned thriller director, these paranormal events are happening again. However, this does not prevent the actress from continuing disturbing works, such as the terrifying Heredity…