Many of us need to catch up on the magic of Hollywood, often forgetting that the stunning stunts and breathtaking sequences we see on screen can come with real-world risks. Behind the glamour and glitz, some of your favorite actors have faced close brushes with death, battling odds on set to bring those unforgettable moments to life.
Dangling from a plane in mid-air may be just another day at work for action star Tom Cruise, but it came with a high level of risk during the filming of “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation.” In one scene, Cruise was strapped to the side of a plane as it took off and flew 5,000 feet into the air.
Although safety measures were taken, such as wearing protective clothing, no one could predict the outcome of such a dangerous stunt. Fortunately, Cruise emerged unscathed, and his performance in the movie earned him serious praise.
The Revenant: Filming in extreme snowstorm conditions was challenging for Leonardo DiCaprio. In one scene, the actor crawled out of an icy river, struggling to survive in freezing temperatures.
But many people don’t know that DiCaprio’s character also had to sleep inside a dead horse carcass to stay warm—a grueling and potentially life-threatening experience during filming.
Narrowly missed by a falling spotlight, singer and actress Demi Lovato had a close brush with death while filming “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” This incident serves as a reminder that even seemingly safe locations can have unexpected dangers.
“Jumanji: The Next Level,” Kevin Hart faced a close encounter with death. Suffering severe back injuries, Hart was reminded that the risks of Hollywood extend beyond just filming stunts.
Die Another Day: Almost choked by a prop wire, Halle Berry’s close call on the set of “Die Another Day” serves as a reminder that even romantic scenes can come with their dangers. In an intimate love scene, a prop wire accidentally wrapped around Berry’s neck and nearly choked her.
Known for performing his stunts, action star Jackie Chan has had his fair share of close calls on set. While filming “The Accidental Spy,” a fight scene between Chan and another actor went wrong, resulting in him falling off a ledge and landing on his head. Luckily, Chan wore a helmet, saving him from serious injury.
Wonder Woman: Injured her back during a fight scene but continued filming despite the pain.
The Matrix: Suffered multiple injuries, including a spinal injury, during intense fight scenes.
The Amazing Spider-Man: suffered whiplash after hitting her head during a harness stunt.
The Fast and the Furious: Suffered multiple injuries, including broken ribs, while performing his stunts.
Transformers: Nearly had her finger amputated by a spinning fan during a car explosion scene.
The Lone Ranger: Thrown off a horse and dragged 25 yards.
Rampage : Broke his finger while filming a fight scene with co-star Joe Manganiello.
Elysium: Suffered a back injury after being thrown onto a metal object during a fight scene.
Robert Downey Jr.
Iron Man 3: Injured his ankle while performing a wire rig stunt.
Titanic: Nearly drowned in a water tank.
Cast Away: Lost 50 pounds and almost got a staph infection while filming on a deserted island.
The Hunger Games: almost choked by artificial smoke
Mad Max: Fury Road: Injured her neck and spine while filming intense action scenes.
Salt: Injured her back during a stunt involving jumping onto moving trucks.
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