Even well-known actors and actresses occasionally have near-death experiences. Want proof? Examine this list. It’s jam-packed with exciting stories of near misses and terrible mishaps from which those involved were fortunate to escape.
While Johnny Depp was filming the 2013 action-adventure western The Lone Ranger, a terrifying incident happened. Depp was knocked off of his horse and then stomped, the horse’s back leg injuring Depp’s body. Fortunately, he was unharmed and cheerful after the event!
Tom Cruise had to mount a mechanical horse and engage in a sword duel with co-star Hiroyuki Sanada in order to film a battle scene for the 2003 movie The Last Samurai. The only issue was that the actors’ artificial horses broke down, and Cruise found himself suddenly with Sanada’s sword hanging just inches from his neck. Fortunately, Sanada’s amazing reflexes and abilities allowed him to halt his blade just in time to prevent beheading Cruise. That certainly qualifies as a close shave!
Jackie Chan, an actor in the 1986 action movie Armour of God, broke his skull during filming the movie. Chan is extremely prone to injury because he does all of his own stunts. He naturally complied when one of the movie’s scenarios called for him to leap from a wall to a tree. The first take went without a hitch, but the second one ended in disaster when Chan fell 25 feet and hit his head on a rock. Chan had to undergo emergency brain surgery as a result of the accident, and he now has a plastic plug covering a hole in his skull. What a jarring landing!
Actor George Clooney thought about taking his own life after a particularly terrifying incident that occurred on the shooting of the 2006 movie Syriana. During a scene where Clooney’s character was being beaten up, the accident happened. He struck his head and basically bruised his brain when the chair he was chained to was knocked over. His nose was dripping spinal fluid due to how nasty it was. Clooney debated considering suicide at one point because of the excruciating pain and headaches he was in as a result of the injury. “Well, you’ll have to kill yourself at some point, you can’t live like this,” he said. It took multiple operations before the pain completely went away.
Actor Tom Hanks nearly lost his life while working on the action-adventure movie Cast Away after suffering a relatively minor injury. In Fiji, Hanks cut his leg while filming. Hanks ended up staying in the hospital for three days because the cut became infected. It turns out that he had a staph infection, which if left untreated may have been fatal. Thankfully, he recovered, and three weeks later, production picked back up.
Now this is what you call a close call with death! Actor Jason Statham was fortunate to escape injury while filming The Expendables 3 when the three-ton truck he was operating’s brakes failed, causing him to jump off the vehicle just before it crashed into the Black Sea. Statham was able to dive to safety since the truck’s doors had fortunately been taken off before the stunt.
Over the years, Sylvester Stallone has experienced his fair share of combat. However, he has had to visit the hospital on occasion because of it. On one occasion, while filming a scene for Rocky IV, fellow actor Dolph Lundgren struck him so forcefully that his rib cage was forced into his chest, inflicting swelling and heart compression. Stallone ended up needing intensive care for nine days as a result of the assault; if his heart had become any bigger, he might have passed away. What a narrow escape!
Actress Charlize Theron tried a backflip while filming the science fiction movie Aeon Flux in 2005 and fell on her neck. The actress described the injury as “nearly paralysing,” and it was a frightening one. As Theron recovered from her injuries, the movie was put on hold for eight weeks as a result of the accident.
Actress Kate Winslet almost drowned during filming a sequence for James Cameron’s historical blockbuster Titanic. It happened as Winslet and her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio were evading a big wave in a scene. Winslet was dragged below when her dress became tangled with a gate. Though it was a scary time, she was thankfully able to recover.
Northern California’s Mavericks is a popular surfing location because of its strong waves. In 2011, Gerard Butler nearly perished there while producing the movie Chasing Mavericks. Before being rescued and taken to the hospital, the actor was slammed by a wave and dragged under the water. Fortunately for him, he turned out to be fine.
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Actor Michael J. Fox nearly passed away during filming Back to the Future Part III. Fox offered to do a scenario in which his character is hung by the neck without a box under his feet to make it more authentic. This required him to precisely position his hands within the rope’s noose. Not at all. Fox made a mistake in judgement and ended up suffocating himself unconscious. Thankfully, someone saw that he was dying and hurried to help.
Isla Fisher, an actress, experienced a terrible situation while filming Now You See Me. In the scene in question, Fisher’s character was chained up and doing a magic trick in a water tank. She became caught, though, and submerged for about three minutes. They all believed she was acting, which is why no one saved her earlier. Fisher, thankfully, was unharmed.
Daniel Day-Lewis is known for his ability to give 100 percent to every character he plays, no matter what the outcome. When he developed pneumonia while filming Gangs of New York, this was never more evident. The actor became pretty ill as a result of his refusal to wear clothing that wasn’t appropriate for the 19th century, the time period in which the movie is set. After first refusing modern medication, he eventually changed his mind after being informed that his condition could result in death. Good decision.
Actor Ed Harris says he almost drowned while filming the underwater action movie The Abyss in 1989. Harris’ oxygen tank would empty before the scene was fully shot, but James Cameron didn’t let Harris know. Fortunately, he lived.
Being in the entertainment industry has its challenges. Take Jaimie Alexander as an illustration. The actress fell down a metal staircase when she was filming on Thor: The Dark World in 2012. She claimed, “I slipped a disc in my thoracic spine and fractured 11 vertebrae.” Overall, Alexander took a very terrible spill, dislocating her shoulder and tearing a rhomboid muscle. She was lucky not to be paralysed when she returned to the set a month later.
Actor While performing the role of Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel experienced a number of health issues. He dislocated his shoulder, developed pneumonia, hypothermia, a lung infection, and, oh yeah, he was struck by lightning. Fortunately, Caviezel was able to escape the attack with little damage.
The actor who played Gilligan on the 1960s television series Gilligan’s Island, Bob Denver, had a startling experience during a lion episode. When the feline predator attacked, Denver’s character was unintentionally imprisoned inside a hut with it. Fortunately, the lion’s perch on a twin bed broke when he attempted to jump, and the animal’s handler reacted quickly to tackle the predator in mid-air, sparing Denver from a horrific mauling!
Actor Matthew Fox was attacked with a knife while portraying Dr. Jack Shepard on the fanciful TV show Lost! The claimed retractable knife was replaced with an actual one. Fox was fortunate to be covered by a vest.
This on-screen witch had a spooky experience while The Wizard of Oz (1939) was being filmed. Before the fiery jets were activated, Margaret Hamilton’s persona was meant to vanish in a cloud of smoke through a trap door. However, she sustained second- and third-degree burns to her hands and face when the door did not open. The catastrophe made the actress miss six weeks of work!