- Sean Bean, known for being murdered in many, many films, is apparently made of stronger stuff than his characters.
The "Lord of the Rings" actor (recently seen wearing a surprising amount of fur as Lord Eddard Stark in HBO's "Game of Thrones") was smoking a cigarette outside of Camden's Hill Bar and Brasserie with his lady pal Nadia Foster (or "April Summers" in the Playboy bunny and glamour modeling world) on Sunday, June 12, 2011.
A fellow walked by with some choice words for Foster. Bean confronted the guy on the lewd comments and followed the instigator down the street, but there was no immediate altercation, and everyone returned to their evening.
Later in the night, Bean went outside again for a cigarette break and his arch-nemesis returned! Bean was reportedly punched in the eye and stabbed in the arm with a shard of glass, but hey, at least he saved the halflings so they could continue their perilous quest.
Here's where it gets INTENSE, though... Bean didn't want to go to the hospital. Instead, he just got patched up a bit with a first-aid kit and then sat back down for another drink! Hey, just another day for The Bean.
- On February 17, 1972, Ed Begley, Jr. was nearly stabbed to death. The 22 year-old and a friend took a bus from Los Angeles to play poker at a card club called Normandie Casino in Gardena, CA. Near Compton, the driver stopped his bus and made everyone get off. A group of teenagers approached Begley and his friend and began to attack. Though the friend escaped, the gang beat and stabbed Begley until he was bleeding out. Only a passing car stopped the attack. When he arrived at a hospital, Begley's lungs were collapsed.
- While in Wilmington, North Carolina, for the filming of modern classic "Domestic Disturbance," Steve Buscemi and Vince Vaughn were involved in a very real kind of disturbance. At around 2:30 a.m. on April 13, 2001, a fight broke out at the Firebelly Lounge in downtown Wilmington involving Vaughn, Buscemi and some disgruntled yokels. Apparently, Vaughn was being "rude" and a "jerk" in the bar (color me shocked) and pissed off some of the patrons in there. Some fiery words were exchanged, and eventually, a full-on fistfight broke out.
Steve Buscemi was reportedly trying to break up the fight between Vaughn and the good people of Wilmington when he got stabbed in the face, throat and arm. As one does. The cops eventually came and sprayed everybody down with pepper spray. (Helping!) Buscemi went back to New York to recover. Vaughn went back to LA to film another movie. (Hopefully a better one, though it'd be hard NOT to improve on "Domestic Disturbance.") If nothing else, the incident may have served as decent preparation for his role on HBO's occasionally stabby series "Boardwalk Empire."
- Actor and stuntman Jeff Chase was on the set of the television series "Dexter" for a somewhat rough scene with actor Jimmy Smits in which he gets stabbed by a prop knife. Regrettably, Smits somehow mistakenly got his hands on a REAL knife, which he soon thereafter used to actually stab Jeff Chase in the chest. (To be honest, Smits probably would have gotten away with it, too, if they'd already put up all that plastic sheeting Dexter typically uses. If only the ghost of James Remar had been there to warn him...)
Seriously, I know this was said already in the intro, but if you are filming a scene involving a violent prop knife stabbing, maybe don't casually leave actual knives laying around where they can be swapped out so easily. Just a thought. I'm not a Hollywood professional or anything.
Smits was so lost in the moment, he actually stabbed Chase numerous times before he figured the mistake. Dexter himself - actor Michael C. Hall - reportedly screamed "Stop! Stop! Stop!" at Smits, but it still took 16 seconds for him to realize what he was doing. That's ACTING. Good thing the guest star that season wasn't Daniel Day-Lewis, or the entire cast and crew would be dead.
Chase survived, but no thanks to Smits, who masterfully managed to keep his stabs right on target, despite missing repeatedly in rehearsal.
Ricky RiveroOn June 13, 2011, actor-director Ricardo "Ricky" Rivero of the Phillippine variety show "That's Entertainment!" was stabbed in his home by a friend he met on Facebook. Yes, Rivero and Facebook buddy Ivan Ruiz agreed to meet up IRL, and Rivero brought the relative stranger home after meeting him in the city at 11 p.m. Kids, don't try this at home.
There are various reports about what happened next, but the common thread seems to be that Ruiz slept over at Rivero's place and at 3 a.m., he woke Rivero up by stabbing him. Which is not as pleasant to wake up to as sizzling bacon on the stove, but potentially even more effective. Ruiz then tried strangling Rivero with a towel, but this didn't work out so well, and Rivero got away. When he made it to the hospital, he found that he'd been stabbed 17 times.
Luckily, the stabs wounds weren't too deep and Rivero was soon in stable condition at St. Luke's Medical Center. Ruiz was taken into custody by police. Hopefully, some time away from society will teach him that Facebook is for POKING, not STABBING. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.)
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