When it comes to being a movie star, it seems pretty easy, right? The job appears luxurious, exciting, and fairly easy work for such a big payoff. At least, that’s how it looks from the outside. But for some celebs, making a movie can be a dangerous and even life-threatening experience.
In some cases, like in #2, scenes call for up-close camera angles, making it impossible to use a stunt double. Other times, actors run into environmental issues which place them in dangerous situations. Check out #5 to see what happens when props go wrong, putting actors at risk.
#12 – The River Ran A Little Too Wild
During the filming of the action-thriller “The River Runs Wild,” Meryl Streep found herself a little over her head. After several takes of a water-rapid scene, director Curtis Hanson demanded one more take. Streep, who was exhausted, originally refused but conceded, going ahead with the take. During the shooting, Streep fell overboard and had to be rescued from the frigid rapids by co-star, Kevin Bacon.
#11 – The Future Almost Didn’t Come
The end was almost near for Michael J Fox during the making of “Back to the Future III.” During a particularly hairy scene in the movie, Fox was unable to be switched out for a stunt double as the camera was going to be directly on his face for the shot, which involved his character, Marty McFly, being hung from a noose. Due to a lack of body support during the stunt, Fox actually passed out.
#10 – We Almost Didn’t See Her
Australian actress Isla Fisher nearly drowned while filming a scene for “Now You See Me.” While acting out a scene involving a magician’s underwater tank, Fisher’s faux chain got stuck and pinned her under the water. Crew members on the set mistook Fisher’s actual panic for incredibly good acting and she was trapped for almost three minutes.
#9 – The Edge Of His Seat
In the 2014 movie “Edge of Tomorrow,” actor Tom Cruise literally found himself on the edge of his seat when co-star Emily Blunt drove their car into a tree in a stunt-gone-horribly-wrong. During a scene involving a car chase, Blunt was supposed to take a hard right, causing the trailer she was towing to swing out. However, Blunt didn’t slow down prior to the turn and the car went out of control.
#8 – Not Quite A Happy Ending To This Police Story
Martial Artist Jackie Chan has been doing his own stunts in movies for as long as he’s been acting. As he’s highly skilled at what he does, Chan generally didn’t run into problems. However, during the filming of a risky scene in “Police Story,” Chan slid down a massive metal pole as lightbulbs burst around him, and cracked two vertebrae and dislocated his pelvis.