We love hearing about injuries in film. No, it's not that weird. Ok, it's a little weird, but there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for why we're interested. First of all, actors get injured all the time. Even though they have stunt doubles for most of the dangerous stunts, most films still require some light action from the stars, and whenever there are moving parts involved, there's a chance of an injury. But we don't care about most injuries. Yeah, that poor kid from the Maze Runner franchise, Dylan O'Brien, was run over by car and suffered some pretty serious injuries, but we're not looking at just any old injuries; we're looking at injuries that happened while filming and it actually made it into the final cut. Either the accident or the aftermath. We're interested in injuries like these because these rare moments are like beautiful unicorns; we all know they exist, we just so rarely see them. With the elevated standards of today's film sets, they become a little rarer each year, but they do happen, and we have them here.
There's something about seeing an actor get injured in film that makes the scene more special. Maybe it's because, in our minds, if an actor is going hard enough or doing something dangerous enough to get injured while doing it, it must be more than just basic acting. Seeing a film transcend into reality, even if it's just for a moment, makes it feel different than usual. Plus, there's always the human interest story behind it all. These are, after all, celebrities. Many people are ravenous when it comes to consuming inside information about films and their stars, and what's more inside than information about real-life injuries? Knowing that we're watching a stunt that the actor actually got injured performing makes that stunt all the more real and all the more exhilarating. Enough hype; let's countdown from worst to first. Here are 15 on-set injuries that made it into the movie.
15 Leonardo DiCaprio And The Glass – Django Unchained
14 Jake Gyllenhaal Hates Mirrors – Nightcrawler
13 Viggo Mortensen And The Hard Helmet – Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
12 James Franco Headbutts A Tree – Pineapple Express
11 Joe Pesci And The Cursed Rib – Raging Bull & Casino
10 Nicole Kidman In A Wheelchair – Moulin Rouge
9 Halle Berry Breaks An Arm – Gothika
8 Sylvester Stallone And His Broken Rib – First Blood
7 Martin Sheen Also Hates Mirrors – Apocalypse Now
6 And Channing Hates Mirrors, Too - Foxcatcher
5 Margaret Hamilton Gets Burned – The Wizard of Oz
4 Brad Pitt vs Car Windshield – Se7en
3 Ellen Burstyn Busts Her Coccyx– The Exorcist
2 Jackie Chan Hides A Cast – Rumble in the Bronx
1 Buster Keaton Busts His Neck – Sherlock Jr.
In the 1924 silent film, Sherlock Jr., Buster Keaton performed a stunt that was no more dangerous than what he was used to but would prove to have the biggest impact on his life. In this particular scene, Keaton was running on top of a train and he grabbed and hung onto a water-tank spout. As the spout lowered him closer to the ground, water began rushing out on top of him. The next thing you see is Keaton rising up from the ground underneath the water and walking away. It appeared as if that was all part of the plan, but it turns out that the water pressure was much worse than Keaton expected. Although it is tough to see, Keaton doesn't get out of the water unscathed. The force was so great that it actually drove him into the ground where he hit his head on the railway track. He said that he was ok afterward, but he would begin to suffer from headaches for the next while. It wouldn't be until several years later that he went for x-rays which revealed that he had broken his neck in the fall.
Sources: Wikipedia; MentalFloss; FoxNews
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