NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Salma Hayek Pinault attends the Kering Foundation's Caring for Women Dinner at The Pool on Park Avenue on September 15, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
TV - Movies
Why Salma Hayek
Almost Didn't
Star In From Dusk
Till Dawn
It's nearly impossible to remember the 1996 action horror movie "From Dusk Till Dawn" without thinking of Salma Hayek dancing with an albino Burmese python in a satanic dive bar. It's such an iconic performance that the YouTube video of the dance alone boasts over 10 million views, but the truth is, this scene almost never happened.
Salma Hayek keeps certain aspects of her life private, but the star revealed to Yahoo! News that snakes were her "greatest fear." Speaking with E!'s Justin Sylvester, Hayek further revealed that when she took the role, there was no snake in the script — that was a choice she claimed "Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino" made after the fact.
This bait-and-switch ultimately produced cinematic gold, but Hayek had to overcome her ophidiophobia to get through the scene. Hayek told E!, "In some culture, the snake represented — I started doing research — your inner power... and my whole thing that I brainwashed myself into doing this was about dancing with my own inner power."