10 Movie Actors who almost Died Filming a Scene
It's a great privilege to be an actor, but it's even better when you land a juicy role. And in some cases, it's almost a guarantee that the role will be memorable and impactful. But sometimes things don't go as planned on set—or at least they didn't go according to plan. It happens, and we're not here to talk bad about those actors who died while filming a scene (there are plenty of those already). Instead, we're going to focus on 10 movie actors who almost died during filming due to accidents or illnesses:
10. Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher is known for her role in the hit TV show "Friends," but she's also a talented actress. She was filming The Great Gatsby when she was thrown from a car during filming and suffered severe injuries to her arm.
After being airlifted to the hospital, Isla had surgery on her arm and had to wear a cast for months after the accident. In addition, she had to take time off from filming. She was back on set after a few weeks, but the injury caused her pain and discomfort for months after it occurred. Isla was able to continue filming after her cast came off.
9. Daniel Radcliffe
When Daniel Radcliffe was filming the final scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, he almost drowned. The water tank he was standing in was too cold, so he had to be rescued from it. Luckily, his body heat kept him alive until they could get him out! After the incident, Daniel was forced to shoot the scene without wearing his glasses or contact lenses. The last time he had worn them was the day before, so it was an adjustment for him. He eventually got used to it and did an excellent job with it!
8. Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson was filming a scene for Water for Elephants when he fell from a horse and broke his ankle.
The accident happened in a remote location, so he had to be airlifted to a hospital. He was in a cast for six weeks after the injury occurred on set. He considered leaving the film but would rather finish what he started. He was able to shoot his scenes while sitting down and with a walker. Robert Pattinson was lucky that his injury didn't cause any long-term problems beyond being in a cast for six weeks.
The filming of Water for Elephants was delayed until he could return to the set. He was able to finish filming the movie and go on with his career. The cast did not require him to shoot scenes while sitting down or with a walker, so he didn't miss out on any shooting time. He only missed six weeks of work while his ankle healed.
The cast and crew were kind to him while he was injured, but the accident delayed filming by six weeks. During this time, they had to rewrite his character's role in the story so that he could still be in it without being able to walk around or ride horses. The cast was removed during filming and replaced with a fake one. The actual cast was visible in some scenes, but the fake one was used when he had to be on his feet.
7. Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn is one of the most iconic actresses in Hollywood history. She's won two Oscars and worked with some of the most prominent directors in Hollywood, including Hitchcock, Coppola, and Scorsese.
But before all that—she almost died while filming a scene for The Exorcist. Burstyn was on set when her car crashed into another vehicle with its lights off at night; both cars hit a wall at full speed (apparently). She broke her back in three places and spent a month recovering from surgery before returning to work again!
Her son was luckily not hurt either way during this incident; he later went on to become an actor himself! She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and won the best actress for the same film at Cannes Film Festival.
Burstyn also won an Emmy Award in 1994 and was nominated again in 1996. In addition to her acting career, she has been a voiceover artist on several animated shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy (where she voiced Lois Griffin’s mother).
6. Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone was in a car accident during the filming of "Rocky V," but he managed to walk away with only a few scratches.
During the filming of "Rambo: First Blood Part II" in 1985, Stallone was filming a fight scene where his character Rambo was fighting a group of soldiers, and he fell off a ledge head-first into a swimming pool below. The stuntman filmed what happened next: when Stallone hit the water after falling through thin air, it knocked him unconscious for several seconds before he could surface again. After floating underwater for several minutes, he eventually came up gasping for air. He began coughing up blood while trying to escape from being pulled underwater by his clothes (which weighed about 20 pounds each).
5. Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon was filming a scene for the film Wild Things when he was involved in a car crash. He wasn't injured, but the director wanted to shoot the scene as realistically as possible, and they ended up shooting it from various angles around LA. Kevin Bacon was lucky that he didn't get seriously hurt in this particular case!
4. David Hemmings
David Hemmings was in a car accident while filming The Collector. He was driving a car not meant for the road he was on, and his injuries were extensive, including broken bones and nerve damage. After the accident, Hemmings had surgery and recovered in hospital for several months. In addition to being injured physically, he also suffered emotional trauma from being hurt so badly by another human being (in this case, it's justifiable since the driver of this vehicle wasn't very skilled).
Hemmings' ordeal is nothing short of a miracle because we'd all probably be dead if it weren't for him having such an angelic face! Hemmings' story is inspirational, especially for those suffering from physical or emotional trauma. It's important to remember that even though life seems like it will never get better, it always does with time and effort. It's also important to remember that you're never alone in your struggles. There are people out there who care about you and want to help.
3. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker
In the movie Rush Hour 2, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker were filming a scene in which they were hanging from a helicopter. While performing this stunt, the helicopter lost control and crashed into the ground. Chris Tucker was thrown from the aircraft and landed on his head while he was still hanging on to his harness. After the accident, Chris Tucker was taken to a hospital, where he spent several days recovering from his injuries. He suffered a concussion, as well as a broken ankle and wrist.
2. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez was filming a scene for "The Cell" in 2000 when she was supposed to jump from a building and land on a moving train. However, she missed the train and landed on her back instead. She broke her back, but luckily, no bones were broken, so she could go home after only two weeks of recovery. Lopez later said that she felt like she had been hit by a bus but that it was worth it because she didn't want to disappoint the director. She also said that she couldn't wait for her next movie so that people would forget about this incident.
1. Margot Robbie and Will Smith
Will Smith and Margot Robbie both almost died filming a scene for Hancock.
The scene called for Will Smith to jump off a building, but he missed his mark and landed on the ground. He broke both ankles and was rushed to the hospital. Margot Robbie jumped from an airplane with her stunt double, who was supposed to catch her in midair.
However, the stuntman couldn't catch up with Robbie before she hit the ground, so they both fell together. Both actors were rushed to the hospital. Will Smith had to wear a cast for six weeks and was off his feet for two months. Margot Robbie broke both ankles.
It's a scary thought, but the reality is that actors are risking their lives to make these movies. So, the next time you see an actor on a movie set, think to yourself, "Wow, that was really brave," remember that it takes a lot of courage to do what they do. With these stories in mind, we hope it will inspire you to support them as much as possible! In the meantime, we hope you'll join us in celebrating these actors' bravery. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself in danger for the sake of entertainment, and we're glad there are people out there willing to do it!
Margot Robbie was not in Hancock, Will Smith and Margot Robbie were both in sucide squad.
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