Just like in any other industry, things don't always go off without a hitch in Hollywood. Accidents happen, things go wrong, mistakes are made. While some accidents end in happy endings, others don't; some accidents make it to the final cut and can actually be seen on the big screen while others are destroyed and all evidence is erased from history. Some of these photographs mark evolutionary shifts that changed Hollywood and the entertainment industry forever.
If you're looking for photographs of ghosts on movie sets or photographic evidence of occurrences where celebrities mistreated or abused their coworkers, you won't find that here. It's bad press for a movie to publicize that the set was haunted, even if the set was for a horror movie (for example, publicists for The Amityville Horror destroyed most photographic evidence that a dead body washed ashore on their set days before filming began), and most celebrities are smart enough to cover their tracks, if they're going to assault, harass, or mistreat coworkers and assistants.
Instead, here you will find photos of actors that bled for their work, many times because they felt their art was worth it. You will find photos of actors that suffered and broke and continue to endure pain because of their jobs. Here, you will even find photographs of devoted artists and entertainers that died under the guidance of their directors and watch of their producers. Beware: for those that are faint of heart or have queasy stomachs, you may be disturbed or upset by the photographs and stories that follow. Reader discretion is advised.
15 Django Unchained - Leonardo DiCaprio's Bloody Hand Was Real
14 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Viggo Mortensen Breaks His Toes
Early in the film, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli chase down a pack of Uruk Hai that took Merry and Pippin hostage at the end of the last film, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. When they finally catch up to the pack, after days of sprinting across hilly terrain, the Uruk Hai have all been brutally slaughtered, and it is believed Merry and Pippin were as well. Roaming the remains, Aragorn furiously kicks an Uruk Hai helmet, screams in frustration, and collapses to his knees in defeat.
13 The Last Samurai - Extra Kicked In Groin
12 Seven - Brad Pitt Hurts His Arm
11 Gothika - Robert Downey Jr. Breaks Halle Berry's Arm
10 The Exorcist - Ellen Burstyn Suffers In Reality
9 Now You See Me - Isla Fisher Almost Drowns
8 Back To The Future Part 3 - Marty McFly Almost Hanged
7 Foxcatcher - Channing Tatum Goes Too Method On The Mirror
6 Top Gun - Art Scholl's Final Take Off
5 Harry Potter And Deathly Hallows - David Holmes Becomes Paralyzed
4 The Dark Knight - Heath Ledger's Joker Journal
3 The Crow - Brandon Lee And The Gun That Killed Him
2 Noah's Ark - Drowning Cast Members
1 The Twilight Zone Movie - Helicopter Crash
A particular sequence in The Twilight Zone: The Movie was based on an episode called "A Quality of Mercy." The sequence ends in actor Vic Morrow trying to save the lives of two Vietnamese children, played by Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen, during the Vietnamese war. Director John Landis broke several regulations in the name of filming this scene at perfection: he hired the child actors without proper permits and documentation, he overworked certain crew members responsible for key elements of the stunts, and he insisted on the helicopter flying particularly and dangerously low and near to the actors. It was doomed for disaster. The cameras rolled, a mortar exploded, the helicopter spun out of control, and the rotors decapitated Morrow and Le, while the crash of the helicopter landed on Chen and crushed her to death. Though director Landis was deemed not guilty and not held accountable for their deaths, the crew present and producer Steven Spielberg believe otherwise to this day.
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