Reality programming like "My Strange Addiction" and "Fear Factor" are pretty much all about getting people to eat weird things on camera. However, scripted TV shows also have plenty of times when actors are forced to eat weird food combinations or strange items on camera. Here are some of the most strange and interesting examples.
As we've discussed in the past, the scene where Daenerys has to eat an entire horse heart and starts to gag had surprising realism. The actress playing Daenerys actually started to gag because the props department had created a heart-shaped gummy creation that had a viscous texture she found hard to swallow. The creation weighed in at a whopping three pounds.
In his first full-episode appearance, Matt Smith's Doctor has the post-regeneration munchies and raids Amelia Pond's kitchen. Nothing seems to hit the spot until he dips fish fingers into a bowl of creamy custard. While Matt ate breaded cakes shaped to look like fish fingers for the scene, he was actually forced to eat real fish fingers dipped into custard when he was a guest on the Christmas 2010 episode of "The Graham Norton Show."
Michael Cerveris plays an Observer on the show, and in his first appearance with lines, he had to eat a pretty intense sandwich. Observers have few taste buds, so they have to eat intensely flavored food. He sits at a diner and orders a roast beef sandwich with eleven jalapeno peppers. When the sandwich arrives, he douses it with hot sauce and devours it. We can't find confirmation online that he did eat this on camera, but judging from this clip, it looks like he's really eating it, and not a specially prepared stunt sandwich. Hopefully he has a glass of milk to chug afterwards.
We'll let Rachel explain this one: "First, there's a layer of Ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, then raspberries, then more Ladyfingers, then beef sauteed with peas and onions, then more custard, then bananas, then whipped cream on top."
Looking at this clip from the episode, it's pretty clear that Monica's eating whipped topping, but Joey's defintely scooping up some brown bits that could be actual meat. In his words: "What's not to like? Custard? Good. Jam? Good. Meat? Goooooood."