When film characters engage in a knock-down, drag-out fight, the audience usually assumes that the actors are faking the physical blows. Who would be wild enough to throw real punches in movies?
Unfortunately, some actors prefer authenticity to sanity. Instead of faking a blow for the camera, certain stars decide to really take a hit and lend some blood-soaked legitimacy to their acting. For example, Sylvester Stallone was known for taking real hits during his fight scenes in the Rocky film series. His tactic led to some of the best movie punches in film history, but it also resulted in some serious injuries for Stallone.
Other actors, however, aren't as committed to their craft. Instead, they're caught in the crosshairs of a high energy moment. While filming a fight scene, their co-star might slip up and land a real punch now and then. They certainly didn't sign up for the physical pain, but they refuse to break character and ruin an entire scene for a simple bump on the head.
Whether on purpose or by accident, take a look below at the movie fight scenes where characters threw real punches and decide for yourself if the pain was worth the finished product.