When you think of people who almost died in movies, who's the first actor that comes to mind? If that actor is anyone other than Jackie Chan, then you've never seen any Jackie Chan movies. You'd need more than all of your fingers and toes (Chan has broken all of his) to count the number of times that Jackie Chan was injured during one of his many insane stunts in some of the best martial arts movies in existence.
Make no mistake, he does every single stunt on his own and some of the most dangerous action scenes are ones he wrote and directed. The man is fearless and utterly bonkers and a global treasure. We have a pretty crazy conspiracy theory that suggests he might be immortal, because the following 11 stunts DEFINITELY should have killed him.
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During Production Of Project A, Chan Fell Six Stories And Landed On His Head
Project A is a story about a 19th century Hong Kong police force dealing with some troublesome pirates, but it's nothing that Jackie Chan's character Sergeant Dragon Ma can't handle. (Sidebar: Sergeant Dragon Ma is the best name in movie history and we do NOT talk about it enough.)
After a clock tower fight scene, the script calls for Dragon, our handcuffed protagonist, to fall six stories, through two awnings and land on his head. Now, how would YOU film that? If it was the present you'd probably use CGI and if you were a coward you'd probably use a dummy or a bunch of soft mats as a landing pad. But it's not the present, and you're not a coward, you're film icon and absolute hero Jackie Chan, so you do it FOR REAL. The video you see is not an outtake; the scene played out exactly as scripted damaging his cervical spine in the process. Jackie allowed extras to help him to his feet but he finished the scene and then continued to live, which we hope he does forever.
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The Actor Dislocated His Pelvis And Injured Two Vertebrae To Get The Perfect Clip In Police Story
One of Jackie Chan's worst failed stunts took place during an earlier installment of Police Story. In it, protagonist Officer Chan Ka-Kui kicks a lot of bad guys and jumps on a lot of stuff (classic Jackie). He actually jumps on a pole in a shopping mall decorated with Christmas lights. Though it went as intended, the stunt still had bad repercussions for Chan. While sliding down the overheated pole, the actor burned his hands, pulled down all the light bulbs, and eventually crashed through glass. Chan, who could very well be a masochist, dislocated his pelvis and injured two vertebrae. He could've been paralyzed, but instead he just decided to be unstoppable and we love him for it.
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Chan Was Hit By A Helicopter While Filming Super Cop
Right off the bat, we're swinging for the fences with a helicopter collision. While filming Police Story 3: Super Cop, a 1992 film about Hong Kong cop Chan Ka-Kui, Jackie Chan was hit by a helicopter. If you skip to the 1:40 mark of the video, you'll miss a lot of other near-fatal stunts, but you'll see the outtakes from a scene in which Chan dangles off of a rotating bar that extends from a train. He's supposed to be able to swing back away from the swooping helicopter, but the bar malfunctions and the action star is struck by the aircraft. He broke a rib and a bone in his shoulder, and dislocated his cheekbone, which should be impossible, but the man really can do anything.
You'd think adding "occasional helicopter attacks" to his list of likely professional hazards would inspire him to switch careers, but Jackie was just getting started.
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Chan Fractured His Skull While Filming The First Armour Of GodPhoto: Golden Harvest Media Asia / Amazon
There's a stunt in the first Armour of God installment that is much safer than most of Jackie Chan's usuals but it still almost killed him. In the scene, he has to jump onto a tree and grab a branch but he loses his grip and goes tumbling down. Fortunately, there were rocks beneath the tree to cushion his fall but he landed on them head first. It was later realized that Chan fractured his skull and caused internal bleeding. He needed surgery to recover and there's still a metal plate in his head from the accident.
We work at Ranker. If one day one of our coworkers came in and said "Yesterday sure was rough, I came into the office to do my job and then my skull got fractured in a surprising but not completely unexpected work-related injury. Mondays, am I right?" we would promptly quit and probably move far away. This is one of the chief ways in which we internet writers are different from Jackie Chan.