What happens when an award winning actor tells their stunt double to take a hike? A disaster, that’s what happens! We only see what’s in the movie, but Hollywood is full of backstage horror stories that execs will try to cover up. This time however, there’s was no hiding what happened in the sets of these films.
CLOONEY’S DEATH WISH
During a torture scene for “Syriana”, George Clooney tried falling into a chair and missed, which resulted in severe spinal injury. He spent the next three weeks paralyzed, and he actually contemplated killing himself.
ROSE ALMOST FROZE
During James Cameron’s “Titanic”, Leo turned into a human popsicle and died, but it was actress Kate Winslet, aka Rose, who froze her butt off and contracted pneumonia and influenza, all while laying on that door that could have totally fit two people.
HARRY POTTER PARALYZES STUNT DOUBLE
During the final movie’s battle for Hogwarts scene, David Holmes, who had been Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double since the first movie, was accidentally thrown into a wall during a flying stunt, causing his neck to break, which left him paralyzed for life.
MICHAEL BAY’S MOVIE BLOWS
To give the illusion that a Decepticon had burst out of the sand on the heels of the soldiers in “Transformers”, Michael Bay detonated a bunch of explosives under the sand, but didn’t tell the actors he was going to do it. So the “crap my pants” look on their faces was way too real.
HE-MAN’S A HEARTBREAKER
During the filming of “Rocky IV”, Dolph Lundgren, aka He-Man from “Masters of the Universe” punched Sylvester Stallone so hard in the chest that his heart slammed into his breastbone and began to swell, and could have stopped permanently. He was rushed to the emergency ward and they actually saved his life.
While filming “The Passion of the Christ”, Jim Caviezel wasn’t faking the pain from the lashing, because he was getting lashed for real. Then he almost froze his nuts off and developed pneumonia during the semi-nude crucifixion scene. A test of faith indeed!
DING, DONG, THE WITCH IS DEAD
During the filming of “The Wizard of Oz” Margaret Hamilton, aka, the Wicked Witch of the West, almost met the same fate as the Salem Witches of old. She barely escaped being burned to death when an explosion went horribly wrong in the set.
EFFED UP AVERSION THERAPY
Malcolm McDowell was actually tortured during the aversion therapy scene in “A Clockwork Orange” where his eyes were forced open with antique lid locks. But despite being anesthetized, he was in a lot of pain. A doctor had to administer eye drops quite often, so much so that he was added to the scene for convenience’s sake.
OXYGEN’S BECOMING AN ISSUE
In the film, “Now You See Me”, Isla Fisher’s character managed to escape from a water tank, but audiences never knew that an equipment malfunction forced Fisher to stay underwater for over three minutes, and nearly drowned for a movie anyone hardly remembers.
THE KRYPTONIAN HITMAN
Jack O’Halloran played the Phantom Zone villain, Non, in the first two “Superman”films. But when Christopher Reeve gossiped to the media that O’Halloran was connected to the mafia, Reeve was almost murdered at the hands of the on-screen, and clearly, real life villain.