Actors put their lives on the line for their job, and many go above and beyond for their roles. Unfortunately, this can lead to injuries on set. It’s rather admiring that many actors out there will perform their own stunts. From burned private parts to having brain injuries, actors are in no way immune from getting hurt, especially while trying to achieve the perfect shot. Below are a list of the top 15 injuries succumbed by actors while filming on set.
15 Channing Tatum- Scorched Privates
While in Scotland filming The Eagle, Actor Channing Tatum suffered a severe burn to one of the most awful places (at least for men)… his penis. Tatum was filming a scene in a freezing river and to stay warm actors would pour a mix of boiling water and river water down their suits. Tatum was asked by a crew member if he wanted some warm water, however the crew member forgot to mix the boiling water with the river water. As a result the water was so hot it burnt the skin off the tip of his penis.
Tatum was rushed to the hospital and put on morphine. Thankfully he healed just fine.
14 Kristin Chenoweth- Hit Head
13 Jason Statham- Nearly Drowns
While filming The Expendables 3, British actor Jason Statham came close to a near death experience… by almost drowning. What sounds like a perfect scene in a movie, was actually a real life situation.
12 George Clooney- Hurt Back
11 Nicole Kidman- Fractured Ribs
10 Isla Fisher- Almost Drowns
Actress Isla Fisher came close to drowning while filming on the set of Now You See Me. She was filming a magic trick and a chain got caught, subsequently keeping her stuck underwater.
9 Leonardo DiCaprio- Sliced Hand Open
8 Halle Berry- Broken Arm
7 Jaimie Alexander- Hurt Back
6 Joseph Gordon-Levitt- Cut Arm
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt was filming a scene for the movie Premium Rush when he crashed into the back of a taxi and suffered an extensive injury to his right arm. In Hollywood, rather than using real glass they use a substance made of sugar so when actor’s and stuntmen crash into it, it will not cut or injure them. Unfortunately, when Gordon-Levitt crashed into the taxi it wasn’t sugar glass his right arm went through. It was real glass, causing a large cut, thus requiring 31 stiches.
5 John Abraham- Shot
John Abraham, a Bollywood actor, was almost killed on set when he was accidently shot by co-star Anil Kapoor while filming Shootout at Wadala. Kapoor was initially meant to shoot a blank bullet at Abraham from 15-feet away, however the bullet was shot closer. Unfortunately the mistake lies in the hands of the crew who did not inform the actors that they were standing way too close together during the shooting scene.
4 Johnny Depp- Fell off a Horse
3 Kellan Lutz- Slashed by Machete
2 Brad Pitt- Achilles Tendon
1 Jackie Chan- Brain Injury
It’s no secret, Jackie Chan is known for performing his own stunts, and suffering from many injuries. However the injury he sustained while filming Armour of God may be his worst. A simple stunt turned into brain surgery for Chan. While shooting a scene that required Chan to jump from a castle wall to a tree, he missed the tree branch and slammed his head into the ground. The impact was so intense that a piece of his skull shot into his brain, and blood poured from his ears. Luckily, after being rushed into emergency brain surgery, Chan made a complete recovery.
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