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Actors Talk About Times They Almost Died While Filming A Scene

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Stunt performers aren't the only people at risk while filming action movies. Sometimes even actors find themselves on the wrong end of a stunt that has gone horribly wrong, resulting in serious on set injuries. Some actors who almost died while filming a movie have revealed behind-the-scenes stories about their injuries and the accidents that almost cost them their lives. Some injuries were so bad, the actors are still feeling the effects of the accident to this day. No matter how prepared a stunt team is for an action sequence, safety is always a risk when it comes to actors who are performing their own stunts. 

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  • I feared that I was about to drown.

    Actress Isla Fisher almost drowned for real during the scene in Now You Can See Me where Fisher's character performs an escape act while shackled in a tank of water. According to Fisher, the stunt went horribly wrong and almost resulted in her not being able to escape from the prop shackles, causing her to actually fear for her life. Her chains became entangled, preventing her from hitting a kill switch which would have quickly drained the tank and she couldn't cue the safety diver to bring her a tank of oxygen. 

    They had a guy who was off camera, but he was a long way away with a can of oxygen. By the time I realized I couldn’t get up and beckoned for him, I realized that I had run out of air.

    Fisher eventually managed to keep calm and free herself from the tank but it could've ended up much worse. 

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  • It’s a real recalibration of everything. From that day on, I’ve been so appreciative of life and being able to walk on the ground. I think we all need an experience like that; one that puts things in perspective.

    Even a pro like Jason Statham can't ensure his own safety while filming dangerous stunts - luckily he lived to tell about it. During The Expendables 3, Statham was driving a truck when the brakes failed and the truck plunged over 60 feet into the sea. Statham managed to escape the truck and swim to safety but someone less experienced may have not been so lucky. Statham's co-star, Sylvester Stallone commented on the incident, saying Statham owed his life to his swimming skills. 

    If anyone else had been in that truck we would have been dead because we were all wearing heavy boots and gun belts. But because Jason is an Olympic-quality diver he got out of it.

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  • I felt this searing pain and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again.’

    The Kill Bill set proved dangerous for Uma Thurman. Director Quentin Tarantino convinced Thurman to drive a dangerous stunt car that she wasn't qualified to operate. Tarantino insisted that Thurman drive the car herself so that they could capture the wind hitting her hair a certain way, but low and behold, Thurman lost control of the car, crashing into a palm tree. Thurman was sent to the hospital with a bad concussion and placed in a neck brace.

    Miramax films eventually agreed to release behind-the-scenes footage of Thurman's accident almost 15 years later as Thurman recalled the incident in an article with the New York Times. Apparently, even Thurman's then-husband, Ethan Hawke, was furious with the director and Miramax. According to Thurman, Hawke had a chat with Tarantino, in which he said:

    Hey, man, she is a great actress, not a stunt driver, and you know that.

    Tarantino responded apologetically and has since been very remorseful of his actions. 

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    Oliver Robins Was Almost Killed By An Evil Clown Doll During 'Poltergeist'

    Had Poltergeist not been one of the most cursed film shoots of all time, it would be hard to believe that young actor Oliver Robins was almost killed by a mechanical clown doll but, lo and behold, it really happened. Robins, who was playing Robbie in the film, was shooting a scene in which the possessed clown wraps its arms around Robbie and chokes him, the mechanical prop doll malfunctioned and actually choked the young actor. Once Steven Spielberg noticed the change of color in the actor's face, he ran in and pried the arms off of him. 

    When asked about the filming of Poltergeist, and whether or not it was cursed, Robins didn't seem to think anything supernatural was at play. 

    To be completely honest, I don't think anyone that was involved in the movie ever really took the curse seriously. There is no curse - it is just tragic coincidences.

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