10 Times Actors Have Been Seriously Injured on Set

I get easily obsessed. Though I have not posted in a long time, I have not given up on my crazy, media mania, quirks. A recent example of this is that I have watched the same film every day this week. Yes, I am that level of media crazed. While viewing films over and over again, something that often crosses my mind is “they have to sometimes get hurt doing this crazy shit.” On a whim I looked up instances of actors getting hurt during filming. I have compiled a few times the show really did have to go on.

1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Fire caused several serious injuries on the set of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz.” The actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton, and her stunt double were both seriously burned on set. In a scene where the Wicked Witch of the West was skywriting with her pyrotechnic broom, Margaret Hamilton’s stunt double badly burned her legs, landing her in the hospital for several weeks. Hamilton herself had over a months stay in the hospital after being burned on the hands and face after flames were triggered to soon.

2. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (2002)
In an epic film trilogy like “The Lord of the Rings” it is natural that such a high action film would result in injuries, though a couple notable instances happened in the second film.helmet– Viggo Mortensen: In the special features interviews for the film’s home release, Peter Jackson talks about the direction he gave Viggo Mortensen in a scene that required him to angrily kick a helmet toward the camera. After four takes Jackson was happy with the actor’s performance but thought one more take was needed. Mortensen kicked the helmet again and broke two toes in the process. The kick and the genuine yell that followed made it into the film.
– Orlando Bloom: While Orlando was on horseback, he took a tumble and broke a rib when another actor landed on top of him. Orlando’s sensitivity about the injury caused the other actors to never let him live it down.

3. Django Unchained (2012)
During a heated Leonardo DiCpariomonologue Leonardo DiCaprio slammed his hand on the table, deeply cutting his hand on an errant shard of glass. Instead of getting this serious cut looked at, DiCpario stayed in character and used this real injury to add a grisly aspect to the scene, smearing his blood across the face of an unsuspecting Kerry Washington.

4. Die Hard (1988)
While making the classic Christmas, that’s right I said CHRISTMAS, film “Die Hard” Bruce Willis got too close to a firing gun which caused two-thirds hearing loss in Willis’ left ear.

5. Jackie Chan
Instead of listing a specific movie in which Jackie Chan was injured, he gets his own injury headline. It would probably be easier to list the films that martial arts legend Jackie Chan was NOT injured in. Throughout his career, Chan has done his own stunts, which has resulted in dozens of broken bones and near-death experiences. The following are just a few of the injuries enumerated by Chan: damaged eyebrow bones, lip lacerations, knocked out teeth, broken fingers, nose, breastbone and ankles; a dislocated pelvis, shoulders and cheekbone; and numerous others that make the fact he can still move all the more impressive.

6. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Actress Jamie Alexander slipped jaimie_alexander_in_thor_2and fell from a great height while filming the squeal to “Thor” and did some serious damage to her body when she hit the ground. She had a herniated disk in her thoracic spine, dislocated her left shoulder, tore her right rhomboid and chipped 11 vertebrae as well as compressing her spine. She ended up being paralyzed in her right leg and right hand. After a week in the hospital and over a month in physical therapy, Jamie Alexander was back in action. Modern medicine is pretty damn amazing.
7. Cast Away (2000)
Before leaving the Island, Tom Hanks incurred only a small cut on the leg directly before the end of shooting but thought nothing of it. After a few days the leg swelled beyond his ability to ignore. He finally went to the doctor, thinking he would get antibiotics and be good as new. It turned out he had a staph infection that was close to giving him blood poisoning. According to his doctor, the infection could have been fatal had Hanks waited any longer to have it looked it.8. Moulin Rouge (2001)
Nicole Kidman fractured a rib while rehearsing a dance routine for the famously quirky film. She later re-fractured the same rib before the rib had healed when she attempted to wear a corset later in the film.

9. Troy (2004)Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt has incurred the most ironic filming injury of all time. While playing the Greek hero Achilles in “Troy” Pitt tore his Achilles tendon and could not shoot for 10 weeks.10. Aeon Flux (2005)
Charlize Theron’s career nearly ended with this little known film. The actress was nearly paralyzed after attempting a back handspring, landing on her neck only 10 days into filming. She suffered a herniated disc in her spine and was out of commission for 8 weeks.

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