Posted : November 2013
Author : Crip Cooke
Actors and actresses always go above and beyond the call of duty when filming a movie and there have been countless tales of many a crazy actor risking life and limb for the art of cinema. You just need to look no further than Tom Cruise’s death deifying antics on that Qatar skyscraper in Mission: Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol to see how far even the most comfortably richest of Hollywood talent will look the grim reaper dead in the eye for the sake of a scene. Often of course, this can lead to serious accidents during filming, which nevertheless makes for an entertaining read for us mere mortals to scoff at while living our own boring workaday lives, but obviously a worry for the people involved. While jealousy may be the real reason we take so much joy at the misfortune of the rich and famous, who doesn’t like finding out what really goes on behind the scenes that we don’t hear about with film-making? We admire enough actors and actresses for doing their own stunts and putting their body on the line when it all goes well, so why shouldn’t we see the proverbial bloopers? Here are six actors or actresses who have thankfully survived almost-fatal accidents during filming this year’s biggest films. In no particular order of severity, but all equally entertaining, I present to you danger, humour, and horror intertwined.
6. Jaimie Alexander Slips Off Metal Staircase & Receives Shopping List Of Horrific Injuries Filming Thor: The Dark World
As a result of the fall, the actress sustained multiple injuries and was lucky she didn’t do herself any permanent damage. Jaimie slipped a disc in her spine, chipped 11 of her vertebrae, and dislocated her left shoulder – while also tearing a rhomboid on her left side. A shopping list of horrific injuries for the poor woman, but she recovered and is now back to her usual self thankfully. It could have been much, much worse for the actress, but shows how the simplest task of walking down metal stairs, albeit wet ones, can almost be fatal. Health and safety may well be the name of the next Thor film. As expected, her loyal fans were devastated to hear the news as it broke, and sent many messages of well-wishes via social networking sites. She tweeted details of her recovery process on a day-by-day basis, and finally ended with ‘I’m walking in heels again. That’s a good sign’. Marvellous.
5. John Abraham Is Shot By Wadala Co-Star During Filming
Being fired so close meant the shot that burst into flames saw Abraham suffering far more intensity than he would have done if the shot was taken further away. It was only thanks to bad aim that the shot only hit the side of Abraham’s neck and didn’t hit the middle or it could well have been fatal. Nevertheless, the momentum floored the Bollywood actor initially who later said ‘Everything happened in the heat of the moment. Nobody expected the intensity and the velocity of those blank bullets. I should have checked the gun.’ Truly terrifying, and miraculous he’s still alive. The scene was never retaken, and it’s believed they used the footage showing Abraham nearly dying from the shot. A tender moment.
4. Isla Fisher Almost Drowns Filming Now You See Me (And Crew Just Think It’s Great Acting)
Fisher, who is married to Sascha Baron Cohen, managed to free herself using a quick-release switch, and a stuntman who was nearby also aided her in the escape. A rather terrifying ordeal that would make many a little gun-shy about wanting to complete that scene – or at least pass it on to a stunt double. She revealed it was her first near-death experience, but oddly enough wasn’t exactly in celebratory mood for such a landmark – nor does the former Home and Away star wish for a second.
3. Jason Statham Also Nearly Drowns Filming The Expendables 3
It sounds like a typical story in an action movie, but this time it was completely real. While many people would panic in Statham’s situation, the 46-year old does have a reputation for being a genuine tough guy who laughs in the face of danger. Considering how the Transporter star got himself out of the submerged truck and swam to the top, it certainly highlights how he fit’s the bill perfectly regarding the genre of films he makes.
If only his crewmate wasn’t shouting ‘Jason!’ during the incident, it may have been a very interesting piece of footage to consider using on the film – if not incredibly tasteless, while completely underplaying the seriousness of the accident. Nevertheless, Statham was completely fine after the palaver, and it’s unlikely a man so used to on-set injuries will be fretting about this – considering the nonchalant nature of his escape.
2. Halle Berry Smacks Head First Onto Concrete Fall And Knocked Out Cold Filming The Call
Her fans and admirers would be obviously worried the perfectly proportioned face of Halle could have been tarnished by the accident, but after being rushed to Cedar-Sinai Medical Centre it turned out to be nothing too serious. Certainly proving some fight scenes are definitely more real than they appear. The co-star fighting with Halle Berry would have surely been fearing the worst, but after hearing she has sustained no lasting injuries, would have breathed a sigh of relief, before being sued their ass off subsequently ending their career in the performing arts – I’m kidding, of course.
1. Johnny Depp’s Life Hung In The Balance As Horse Drags Him 25 Yards In The Lone Ranger
The Pirates of the Caribbean star was incredibly lucky he wasn’t greatly harmed from the incident as a horse’s legs are incredibly powerful and can be fatal when trampling a human being. Not to mention the terrifying prospect of being dragged 25 yards over any harsh terrain at the time. It’s not his first brush with death either as Depp survived a plane crash in 2011 while filming The Rum Diary.