What’s the least dignified scene you’ve ever seen a respected actor do?

First one who mentioned Michael Caine in “Jaws: The Revenge” gets the back of my hand. We’ve all read the quote before. Anyway, that’s not what this thread is about. I’m not talking about great actors doing lousy movies. I’m talking about good/great actors doing bizarre or humiliating things for the good of their art (the quality of said art aside).

The first example that comes to mind is Jennifer Connelly’s (in)famous scene in “Requiem for a Dream,” though it doesn’t have to be limited to sexual scenes (I just have a filthy mind like that). Toby McGuire turning into an emo lesbian and playing jazz piano in “Spiderman 3” would count too, as would about half the career of Nicholas Cage.

So, have at it.

The one that springs immediately to mind is Ned Beatty in Deliverance.
He wasn’t a respected actor at the time since it seemed to be his first film role but he definitely went on to become a respected actor.

Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry. No, not playing a transgender character. I mean the very brutal rape scene that seems to just go on and on…Gah!
Divine was well respected as an entertainer/comedienne by many folks despite the fact that she is most famous for…well, you know. (And if you don’t know, DON"T ASK! Because you definitely don’t want to!)

This will be next to impossible to top!

However, Harvey Keitel deserves mentioning for displaying his shortcomings in The Piano.

Eric Braeden-Since My Baby Turned Gay

I can’t believe that it took 6 posts for anyone to mention Chloe Sevigny giving an authentic blow job in Brown Bunny. It’s ironic that Boys Don’t Cry was mentioned and she wasn’t the subject considering the OP, frankly I don’t think there’s anything undignified about Swank’s scene since it’s integral to the movie, ditto Jodie Foster in The Accused.

Nailed it in the 2nd post - well done

Burgess Meredith in Such Good Friends. His first nude scene. At age 64.

He ran around at a party with a book on a chain that covered the naughty bits.

Rip Torn in Freddie Got Fingered. Dropping his pants and telling Tom Green to fuck him.

Not sure if this is what you’re looking for, but the first thing that came to my mind was Patrick Stewart doing a sketch about pornographic cakes on SNL.

It was not particularly funny, which could have excused it. But he’s always such a good sport about things like that, I didn’t get any sense that he wasn’t happy about it.

First scene that came to MY mind was Frank Langella wearing an open bathrobe and running in slo-mo towards the camera, showing us his bouncing nutsack, in Lolita.

I’m sitll traumatized.

That was not nearly as bad as Langella stooping to playing Skeletor in a live-action “Masters of the Universe” flick.

Is Ewan MacGregor considered a respectable actor? Because diving headfirst into the filthiest toilet in Scotland to retrieve a heroin suppository was pretty undignified.

I saw what you did there.

I thought of Isabella Rossalini in Blue Velvet.

I think that sketch is the funniest of the episode.

“I’ll tell you what. I’ll make you a cake with a man peeing AAAANND a woman peeing that way you can be happy and your friends can be happy.”

Sir Alec Guiness in Star Wars… HAH. I went there.

Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris, “I want you to put your fingers up my ass”

At the time the movie was made, she wasn’t exactly at “respected actor” status yet. Her only claim to fame before that was The Next Karate Kid, mixed with a few made-for-TV movies, along with small non-recurring roles on various TV shows.

Given her status now however, if put in the same role, then I would have to agree.

Many of mine have already been listed, so I’ll go with

Burt Reynolds covering himself with Vaseline in Striptease. Burt, what the hell happened to you?

I suspect that this doesn’t count, as Sacha Baron Cohen kind of goes for the gross out humour, but his scene in Borat in the hotel. Without clothing. And the large man. Without clothing.

I was honestly peeking through my fingers (like in a slasher flick) from the horror of it all.