Salma Hayek apparently has a phobia of snakes, which makes us wonder just how did she film that dance scene in the cult classic From Dusk Till Dawn?
If you need a refresher, the actress famously stipped down to her underwear and wrapped a yellow snake around her neck in the 1996 movie. But while she appeared to nail the shot, apparently on the inside she was petrified.
“I have a phobia,” Hayek, 54, recalled to E! News on February 9. “It was not on the script. I agreed to the movie and then [director] Robert Rodriguez and [wroter and co-star] Quentin Tarantino decided that the dance is with the snake on me.”
Initially, Hayek refused to do the table-top scene but Rodriguez and Tarantino told her if she didn’t, they’d replace her.
“They said, ‘OK then, we’ll just go to another actor that wants your part,'” she said.
The actress, who was 30 at the time, relented because, “Frankly, I really needed to pay the rent.”
In order to overcome her phobia, Hayek then began to do her research and discovered information that helped her carry out the dance sequence.
“In some culture, the snake represented — I started doing research — your inner power,” she explained. “And my whole thing that I brainwashed myself into doing this was about dancing with my own inner power.”
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From Dusk Till Dawn also starred George Clooney as Tarantino’s on-screen brother. The two criminals go on the run with hostages (played by Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis) before seeking refuge at a saloon frequented by vampires.
Hayek played exotic dancer Santanico Pandemonium, aka The Vampire Queen.
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