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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 swung unconscious at the end of the rope for several seconds before Bob Zemeckis, fan of me though he was, realized even I wasn't that good of an actor.

    Michael J. Fox almost died from asphyxiation during the filming of Back to the Future: Part III when he accidentally hanged himself during one scene where Wild West Biff strings up Marty by his neck. Fox had rehearsed the scene many times with great success, but when it came time to actually shoot, Fox miscalculated the positioning of his hand, causing him to actually choke and pass out. Fox was dangling by his neck, unconsciously, before the crew realized what had happened. They had thought Fox was just giving a very believable performance. 

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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 drove me down to the floor, my legs slapped on the ramp up to the Millennium Falcon and broke both bones in my left leg.

    If it wasn't obvious why Harrison Ford was less than eager to return to his role as Han Solo, this story may help piece it together. During filming for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, an accident involving the Millennium Falcon's hydraulics door had Ford laid out for about two months, but it could've been worse. Apparently, the door to the Millennium Falcon malfunctioned and pinned Ford to the ground, crushing his leg and pelvis before the emergency stop was pushed. 

    The case ended up in court where Disney plead guilty to the accident. According to Prosecutor Andrew Marshall, the accident could have killed the actor. 

    It could have killed somebody. The fact that it didn't was because an emergency stop was activated.

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  • I won’t sue because I know how this business work, and I would never work again. I will return to work one condition–no more fireworks!

    Margaret Hamilton gave us one of the best on-screen witches of all time with her portrayal of The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. If it's not already apparent that she devoted everything to the role, she suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on her hand and face during a pyrotechnics effect that went horribly wrong while filming. She spent a few weeks in the hospital but Hamilton eventually returned to the set to finish her work, as long as no more "fireworks" were involved. 

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