Weirdest on-set injuries

Weirdest on-set injuries

15/10/2015Movies

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Hollywood actors sure do have a tough time of it. No, really. Forget about all those million dollar mansions for a moment and instead take a look at some of the injuries these poor thespians have to suffer for their art. If you like burnt bits, scorched privates and scars caused by airborne pieces of lingerie, then have we got a treat for you! 

 

 

 

Channing Tatum - scorched crotch

Channing Tatum - scorched crotch

Tatum had a unique way of keeping warm while shooting river scenes…

While filming swords and sandals historical epic The Eagle of the Ninth, burly hunk Tatum had a unique way of keeping warm while shooting river scenes… He had an assistant on hand to pour warm water down his wet-suit. Sadly for Channing (and indeed 'mini-Channing'), his lackey forgot to cool the boiling water. Ouch!

Sienna Miller - burnt boobs

Sienna Miller - burnt boobs

On her first day of shooting, Miller slipped on a rubber bullet

Filming action extravaganza G.I. Joe was no walk in the park for Sienna. On her first day of shooting, Miller slipped on a rubber bullet and had to be taken to hospital for a swollen hand. Later, she scorched her boobs during a scene when an errant spark landed in her cat-suit's cleavage. 

Daniel Craig - teeth knocked out

Daniel Craig - teeth knocked out

Some reports suggest he had two teeth knocked out

Craig had a tough time shooting Casino Royale. Not only did he have to contend with being labelled James Blonde/Bland by the tabloids, but he had his teeth rattled during a fight scene. Some reports suggest he had two teeth knocked out. Others claim it was merely a loose cap. The movie itself was a success, but we still enjoyed the headline: "The Man with the Broken Gums".

Hilary Swank - hit by flying suspender 

Hilary Swank - hit by flying suspender

You'd think a tame romance like P.S. I Love You would be a safe environment for an actress

You'd think a tame romance like P.S. I Love You would be a safe environment for an actress, but not Hilary Swank. While filming, Gerard Butler accidentally twanged a suspender at his co-star and opened up a huge gash above her eye. "I had a perfect suspender-clip mark on my forehead, with the little teeth in it," Swank said. 

Ben Stiller - bitten by ferret

Ben Stiller - bitten by ferret

Stiller's suffered his share of indignity on screen

Stiller's suffered his share of indignity on screen, but in real life, he's fallen victim to an injury even worse than his infamous 'zipper scene'. While shooting Along Came Polly, Jennifer Aniston's pet ferret took a dislike to the funnyman and bit him on the face. "He literally attached himself to my chin," Stiller said, after receiving a rabies shot. We've got to track down that blooper reel.

Malcolm McDowell - scratched eyeball

Malcolm McDowell - scratched eyeball

McDowell suffered for his art by having his eyes pinned open

Director Stanley Kubrick would do anything to achieve a perfect shot, quite often to the detriment of his actors' physical and mental well-being. For the pivotal brainwashing scene in A Clockwork Orange, McDowell suffered for his art by having his eyes pinned open – a procedure that left him with a scratched cornea and temporary blindness, but a very happy director and an iconic scene.

Halle Berry - broken arm

Halle Berry - broken arm

Berry is a walking calamity on set

Berry is a walking calamity on set. She was hit on the head by a lighting rig during Catwoman and had a fragment of a smoke grenade stick in her eye while filming Die Another Day. It's not just props that have it in for her either. While filming Gothika, co-star Robert Downey Jr was so effective in twisting her arm for a scene, he snapped the bone. Ouch.

Brad Pitt - torn Achilles tendon

Brad Pitt - torn Achilles tendon

Pitt had one weakness… Tearing his left Achilles tendon

How about this for irony? At his muscled peak while shooting Troy, Brad Pitt looked every inch the Greek God when playing Achilles, the most feared warrior on Earth. However, like the myth, Pitt had one weakness… Tearing his left Achilles tendon delayed the movie's final scenes for months. "It's a true story," Pitt later revealed. "It's sad, it's stupid, but it's true. It's so wrong. It's such a bad headline."

Robert Pattinson - sore bum 

Robert Pattinson - sore bum

Even the most beautiful people come crashing down to Earth from time to time

He might be the ‘Sexiest Man in the World’, but even the most beautiful people come crashing down to Earth from time to time. During his first day's filming on Twilight, Pattinson was hoisted into the air via harness and promptly pulled a muscle in his backside. 

Viggo Mortensen - broken toes 

Viggo Mortensen - broken toes

"Viggo turned a broken toe into a performance."

Aragorn faced many battles across The Lord of the Rings, but it was an act of petulance that brought him the most pain. After discovering a pile of corpses in The Two Towers, Mortensen booted an Orc helmet in rage and was rewarded with two broken toes. "Normally, an actor would yell 'Ow!' if they hurt themselves," said Peter Jackson. "Viggo turned a broken toe into a performance."

Anne Hathaway - shredded shins 

Anne Hathaway - shredded shins

"If I could have an extra strength pain killer, I could do the shot,

Like her character in Get Smart, Hathaway is a tough cookie. She was supposed to kick a man in the chest during a fight scene, but Anne booted a metal bar instead, exposing her shin bones. "If I could have an extra strength pain killer, I could do the shot," a game Hathaway panted. Unsurprisingly, she was overruled and sent to the hospital, where she received 15 stitches and a stern telling off. Still: what a pro.

James Caviezel - struck by lightning 

James Caviezel - struck by lightning

Jesus actor Caviezel had a tough shoot – he dislocated his shoulder while hung on the cross

Mel Gibson expected a firestorm when directing the last days of Jesus for The Passion of the Christ. What he didn't realise was that the big guy upstairs had a few criticisms too. Jesus actor Caviezel had a tough shoot – he dislocated his shoulder while hung on the cross – but being struck by lightning while filming the 'Sermon on the Mount' sequence must have been more than a little unsettling.

Jackie Chan - everything 

Jackie Chan - everything

It's no surprise insurance companies are terrified of him

Chan has broken more bones over the years than the rest of Hollywood's action elite combined. The closest he came to snuffing it was fracturing his skull after falling out of a tree in Armour of God, but he's broken his fingers, toes, his nose, both cheekbones, hips, sternum, necks, ankles and ribs amongst other appendages. It's no surprise insurance companies are terrified of him.

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