When we see shows featuring animals that proud disclaimer appears proudly telling us that,''no animals were harmed'. But, what about the actors? That bizarre well wishing saying ''break a leg'' totally backflipped for these movie stars below who sustained some truly awful injuries on set.
10. Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
“I was shooting a scene where Harry is fighting a huge snake. As you know, the Harry Potter films are big productions, so instead of an actual snake in front of me, our stunt coordinator held a long stick with a boxing glove at the end. He got me by surprise and hit me in the face. The blow was strong enough to knock me out!”
9. Ryan Reynolds - Green Lantern
During a stunt the actor managed to separate his shoulder in the midst of filming. Ouch!
8. Sylvester Stallone - Rocky IV
Sylvester went a little bit method for his Rocky IV fighting. In an interview with EW the badass actor revealed what went down.
Well, next time you see it. I had just seen the Hagler-Hearns fight where these two consummate professionals disliked each other so much they just went at it like two amateurs. Just hammering each other. They didn’t care what happened. Blood, knockdowns, it was chaotic. It became one of the great fights of all time. So I said to Dolph, “We practiced one thing, [but] let’s just go at it for the first 15 seconds. I want you to try to knock me out. Just bomb away.” Well, he did. And he gets me in the corner, and he’s bombing away, and I’m tryin’ to slip the punches and then he comes with this uppercut in my chest, and I went: That hurt. Okay. Cut. Let’s finish the rest of the day. That night, I felt this thumping. It was hard to breathe. I went to the emergency room. My blood pressure was like 290, and they put me on a low-level flight to St. John’s Hospital where I was put into intensive care because the pericardial sac around my heart was swelling and impeding the beating of my heart
7. Johnny Depp - The Lone Ranger
During filming Johnny had a near death experience riding his horse called Scout.
We’d been running the horses pretty hot that day and went down a couple of paths, and that all worked out fine. And we changed paths in order to get closer to the camera car, and the horses were still running real hot; they wanted to run. And Scout decided to jump over a couple of obstacles — and yeah, user error, I don’t know what happened, but it happened very fast and very slow.
It all just sort of happened, and I saw everything very clearly, which was the horse’s very muscular front legs moving at a very dangerous speed. And I was still holding on to the mane like an idiot, trying to get back up. And at a certain point you have to make a decision: Do I go down and hit the deck on my own? Or do I wait for the hoof to split my face in two?” the actor says. “So I decided to go down on my own and then, incredibly, the horse lifted its front legs, and he missed me, and he could have crushed me in seconds. I was very lucky.
6. Channing Tatum - The Eagle of the Ninth
Channing was scalded with boiling water during filming whilst trying to stay warm.
"The only way to keep warm was by pouring a mix of boiling water and river water down your suit. We were finally done shooting for the day, and one of the crew guys asks if I want to warm up before I go. I'm like, Nah, I'm good. And then I thought, Why not? Thing is, he'd forgotten to dilute the kettle water. So he poured scalding water down my suit.
And I was trying to pull the suit away from my body to somehow get away from the boiling water, and the more I pulled the suit away, the lower the water went. It just went straight down and pretty much burned the skin off the head of my dick."
5. Halle Berry - Gothika
In one scene Halle had to struggle against the doctor played by Robert Downey Jr. As the actress forcefully resisted his grip her Ulna (the bone in her forearm) broke. Her co-star realised straight away that something was wrong, which he shared with Cbsnews.
"We were struggling in the scene. She's so strong, and she gets really into the physical action, so she had been beating myself and several other orderlies up for a couple of days during the scene and, I had to pin her down on a cot. And I had to restrain her arm, and she was resisting, and when I did, I felt her arm break.''
4. George Clooney - Syriana
The actor managed to injure his spine so severely during a stunt that he started blowing spinal fluid out of his nose. The charming chap revealed all to Rolling Stone about his horrific ordeal.
I was at a point where I thought, I can't exist like this. I can't actually live.' I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you're having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, 'I may have to do something drastic about this.' You start to think in terms of, you don't want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine. It seems like the nicest way to do it, but I never thought I'd get there. See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive.
3. Charlize Theron - Aeon Flux
The actress landed awkwardly on her neck whilst doing backflips for a scene. This dangerously herniated a disc close to her spinal chord. After this scare Charlize vowed to be more careful on set.
Back then I was like, 'I'll do it! I'll do it! I'll do it!' and now I know there's a time and a place. You have to be smart about it and I've definitely come to a place in my career where I would be the first to say, without feeling guilty or not badass enough, 'You know what? I don't need to do this.
That injury scared me - I was almost paralyzed.
2. Margaret Hamilton - The Wizard of Oz
During her dramatic exit from Munchkinland. The impressive special effect was achieved by her stepping onto a trap door (obscured by rising smoke) that dropped beneath her, followed by a burst of real fire that rose up. The first take went smoothly, but as the second take occurred the actress caught fire severely burning her. It took Margaret over a month to get well enough to start filming again, she famously said.
I won't sue, because I know how this business works, and I would never work again. I will return to work on one condition - no more fire work!.
1. Gerard Butler - Chasing Mavericks
Gerard almost lost his life when a huge wave hit held him down whilst practicing in between takes for this surfing movie. The actor recalled this in an interview with MTV.
I was always trying to learn on the biggest waves possible. So I’m surfing with some of the best guys in the world, and if you put the equation together, the beginner surfing big waves with great surfers means trouble, and you know that happened a few times where I went, “OK, that was the scariest thing I’ve ever been in.''
But the day that the big one happened, that was without a doubt a near-death experience for me. It went so far past anything I’ve ever been in — I just didn’t think I was ever coming back up. I was out of breath and desperately needing breath.