ACTORS AND ACTRESSES THAT ALMOST PERISHED WHILE FILMING
Added on: 15th Sep 2016
Jason Statham almost died during the filming of The
Expendables 3. The brakes went out in a truck he was driving
and he was propelled into the ocean. Somehow, Statham
managed to free himself from the vehicle and swim to safety.
They don’t call him a badass for nothing, after all.
Isla Fisher may have played a magician in Now You See Me,
but clearly the magic wasn’t there when she almost drowned
on the set. The actress revealed during an interview that she
was stuck underwater for nearly three minutes while filming
a magic-trick scene for the movie. Fortunately, Fisher
managed to escape thanks to a quick-release switch and
a stuntman standing nearby.
During a practice round for Rocky IV, Sylvester Stallone told
Dolph Lundgren to really go at it the way normal boxers do
for fifteen seconds. He ended up with a swollen pericardia
sac around his heart and had to be rushed to the hospital
by plane, where he was put in intensive care for eight days.
George Clooney almost died when he injured his back pretty
bad while filming Syriana. The pain of the injury even made
Clooney consider suicide. He recalls, “I was lying in a hospital
bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these
headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke and for a
short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do
something drastic about this’ . . . but I never thought I’d get there.”
Ed Harris is a superb actor, but that wasn’t good enough for
James Cameron on the set of The Abyss. For a scene where
Ed’s character runs out of oxygen, the director gave him an
empty SCUBA tank to cause actual asphyxiation. According to
rumours, Ed knocked Cameron out once he found out what
happened and for that reason they haven’t worked together since.
Jackie Chan is a master of performing amazing stunts, but
sometimes things go wrong. When filming Armour of God, Chan
missed his landing when jumping into a tree. He crashed to the
ground and smashed his head. He almost died and now has a
plastic plate in his head.
Martin Sheen had a heart attack while filming Apocalypse Now
and had to drag himself a quarter mile before anyone discovered
him and got him the needed medical attention. The film’s director,
Francis Ford Coppola, was so worried about the whole thing
that he kept it quiet, even to the extent of explaining Sheen’s
hospitalization as being due to “heat exhaustion” in
the official shoot schedule.
While working on the film Modern Problems (1981), Chevy Chase
was nearly electrocuted when a stunt went awry during the
sequence in which he is wearing landing lights and dreams that
he is an airplane. The current in the lights short-circuited through
his arm, back and neck muscles, which caused him to lose
consciousness and have a near-death experience. After his
experience, he went through a period of deep depression as
many people do when they don’t want to return from their NDE.