7 stars that got badly injured on movie sets

2013-08-15 10:43
Los Angeles – Actors are rarely allowed to do their own stunts due to insurance policies, so when and a star gets hurt on set while filming a movie there is usually a lot of drama.

Here is a list compiled by Screen Slam of seven stars who were badly injured on movie sets.

Halle Berry’s arm
(Gothika 2003)

Halle Berry had her arm broken by Gothika co-star Robert Downey Jr while shooting a scene for the thriller. In the scene, Downey Jr was supposed to hold down Berry in a mental ward. 

However, as Berry struggled, Robert Downey Jr said he felt a pop and knew it wasn’t good. Although the break was an accident, the actresses didn’t seem to be too happy with the carelessness of her co-star.

Bruce Willis’ left ear
Die Hard (1988)

The greatest lone-wolf action movie of all-time Die Hard, features rockets, bombs, and gunfire. Safety measures were put in place to protect the actors from the fire and heat of the pyrotechnics; however there was just one small oversight. 

They forgot to protect the actors' ears. In fact, Bruce Willis lost two-thirds of his hearing in his left ear during filming.

In the scene, Willis had to fire a gun loaded with extra loud blanks from underneath a table. This made for a great scene but the absence of ear plugs along with the excruciatingly loud noise bouncing off the bottom of the table back into the actor's ear left him permanently damaged.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s arm
Premium Rush (2012)

Hollywood uses fake glass when actors are thrown into or just smash glass in a movie. It is made of sugar and will not cut or injure you.

Unfortunately, when actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt crashed into the back of a taxi’s window while filming Premium Rush, the taxi was real and so was the glass.

The cut he suffered on his right arm required 31 stitches and left one NYC taxi driver with a great story to tell.

George Clooney’s back
Syriana (2005)

George Clooney suffered a severe back injury on the set of Syriana when a stunt went horribly wrong and injured his spine.

The injury was so painful that he contemplated committing suicide. In an interview with Rolling Stone Clooney said: "I was at a point where I thought, I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live.

"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. You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, and start the engine," he continued.

Lucky for Clooney and his fans, the actor successfully had his spine surgically repaired and even went on to win an Oscar for his supporting role in the movie.

Channing Tatum’s penis
The Eagle (2011)

While filming The Eagle in Scotland, Channing Tatum received one of the worst surprises of his life. In a scene in a freezing river, actors would stay warm  by pouring a mix of boiling water and river water down their suits.

Channing was asked if he wanted some warm water by a crew member and the actor thought, why not? The only problem is the crew member forgot to mix the boiling water with the cold river water. The water was so hot it basically burnt the skin off the tip of his penis.

He was rushed to a hospital and put on morphine. Thankfully for Channing and his wife, everything healed okay.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s hand
Django Unchained (2012)

While shooting a scene for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio sliced open his hand.

The actor needed stitches after he slammed his hand so hard on a table that a huge gash opened and he began to bleed while filming a scene. "Leo had slammed his hand on the table countless times and he moved his hand further and he crushed a crystal cordial glass," producer Stacey Sher said.

"Blood was dripping down his hand. He never broke character. He kept going. He was in such a zone. It was very intense. He required stitches."

Charlize Theron’s neck
Aeon Flux (2004)

Charlize Theron has vowed never to rush into performing dangerous stunts after an accident on the set of 2004's Aeon Flux almost left her paralysed.

The actress was completing a series of back flips for the sci-fi action movie when she landed awkwardly on her neck, herniating a disc dangerously close to her spinal chord.

The film was shut down for eight weeks to allow Theron to recover and doctors feared the mishap would leave the actress with limited mobility.

She recovered and now accepts that she should leave the heavy stunt work to the professionals.

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