The line between acting and reality changes in size dramatically depending on the actors who are performing. There's nothing that says that, "the better the actor, the more capable they are at faking something." That just can't be true because some of the very best performers in the world need as much realism as possible to portray something convincingly. Take, for example, our much-mythologized method actors, like Daniel Day-Lewis. This acting legend needs to live a character out in order to do his best work. Considering that, you should expect that, during physical scenes, things can get a little too real for actors sometimes. Whether by accident or by design, some actors take their physicality too literally and their co-stars are often the ones that suffer.
As any good wrestler will tell you, faking or pulling punches ain't easy. Sure, if you're throwing a weak or slow-motion punch, it's a breeze, but we're talking about the big leagues here. For a good film fight nowadays, actors need to be able to throw a punch and mean it without hitting their co-stars in danger zones. This, as you can imagine, leads to an obvious problem. Sometimes an actor will get punched in the face. Sometimes they'll get thrown a little too hard. Sometimes, well, you get the picture. We've gone out and tracked down all the stars who got too rough and all the co-stars who felt their wrath. Here are 15 actors who got too physical and hurt their co-stars.
15 Idris Elba & Chris Pine – Star Trek Beyond
14 Downey Jr & Halle Berry – Gothika
13 Nagini & Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
12 LL Cool J & Jamie Foxx – Any Given Sunday
11 Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson - Hunger Games
10 James Franco & Tyrese Gibbon – Annapolis
9 Miles Teller & J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
8 Michael Eklund & Halle Berry – The Call
Halle Berry suffers so many injuries on set, you have to wonder if this girl is getting enough milk at home. Either her bones are brittle or her coordination is lacking, but this actress has been hurt on pretty much every movie she's ever worked on. While filming The Call, Berry was reportedly rushed to the hospital after a fall onto some concrete caused the star to hit her head. Everything was fine and she returned to work soon after. But, after about a year, the actress changed her story, revealing that it was her co-star, Michael Eklund, who caused the injury. “The bad guy in the movie accidentally slammed my head into the concrete. He misjudged how far the ground was and he slammed my head into it so I got knocked out,” she said. Berry's injury was so severe, she even forgot Eklund's name.
7 Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci – Raging Bull
6 Christopher Guest & Cary Elwes – The Princess Bride
5 John Cusack & Nicole Kidman – Paperboy
4 Margot Robbie & Alexander Skarsgard – Tarzan
3 Dolph Lundgren & Sylvester Stallone – Rocky IV
2 Kirk Douglas & Charles McGraw – Spartacus
1 Bruce Lee & Jackie Chan – Enter the Dragon
Jackie Chan holds nothing back when he gushes about his idol, Bruce Lee. If you didn't already know, Chan played a small role in Enter the Dragon in which Lee grabs a hold of his long hair and breaks his neck. It's just about the most hilarious thing ever. But, Chan played a few different characters in that film, and one of them had to pretend to get hit by Lee's staff in a fight sequence. The trouble was, Lee swung at Chan and accidentally hit him in the temple, nearly knocking him out. Lee finished the scene quickly and then ran to Chan, who admits he recovered right away but pretended to be in worse shape than he was so Lee would attend to him a little longer. There's also a legend that Lee then promised Chan that he would cast him in every Bruce Lee movie from then on out, but sadly, Lee would never be able to keep his promise, dying not long after.
Sources: MTV; Telegraph; CinemaBlend
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