10 Actors who put themselves in danger while filming Action Movies
There are actors and there are true actors putting themselves in danger to make their character appear more authentic, believable and for the perfect and most realistic shot. Daniel Day Lewis is one actor who does his best to get into character before the filming Others like Jared Leto are pure crazy, going as far as mailing used condoms to the cast of Suicide Squad because, supposedly the Joker did that? From these actors we can conclude that there are those daredevil actors who never fail to entertain their audiences with their willingness to put themselves on the line for the most realistic stunts ever performed.
1 Jason Statham – The Expendables 3
Jason Statham could possibly be considered more of a stuntman with dialogue than an actor. In Sylvester Stallone’s third rogue’s gallery Expendables film, Statham nearly drowned in the black sea in Bulgaria, after he crashed the truck into the water and was trapped inside. Although this was less eventful, it brought him pretty close to a memorial service.
2 Michael J. Fox – Back to the Future 3
Michael J. Fox may not be one of those action movie actors but his rise to fame as ‘Marty McFly’ in the “Back to the Future Trilogy” makes him beloved by all. However, this Parkinson’s-stricken actor was nearly choked to death on the sets of shoot for ‘Back to the Future 3’.
In a scene where one of Biff Tannen’s distant relatives hangs McFly from the famous clock tower, Fox had agreed to actually be hung for the filming of this scene. With his hand in between the rope and his neck the scene was supposed to commence, but in one of the takes, Fox’s hand missed and he began choking. The crew believed this to be a rather good performance, and stood in awe of the scene. They never realized the reality of the situation until Fox passed out.
3 Jackie Chan – Police Story
We all know who Jackie Chan is and also know for a fact that he is famous for performing his own stunts be it fights, or sliding down a curtain in Rush Hour.
In one of the scenes of his popular franchise- Police Story, he is filmed pursuing the central villain by jumping on a metal pole covered in lights, at a mall and shatters every single one on his way down. Without a cut, he continues by immediately leaping onto a busted kiosk, and grabbing a hold of a piece of shattered glass holds it against the villain’s neck.
4 Buster Keaton – Steamboat Bill Jr
Although not as famous as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton was a better physical comedian, who would risk life and limb to prove it. In his most famous stunt from Steamboat Bill Jr. He had to be placed directly under where the open window was supposed to land to leave him unscathed, after the front wall of the house falls towards him, due to a cyclone.
Despite marking the position where he had to stand with a nail, he only had 2-inches of clearance space on either side. Keaton later stated that he was angry at the time at the crew for praying before the stunt’s performance and the cameraman for having looked away while filming.
5 Matt Damon – The Bourne Supremacy
Among most of the actors putting themselves in danger for a scene, Matt Damon can be regarded as the most daring of all since he insisted on performing most of the stunts on his own in- The Bourne Supremacy.
Incidentally he was scared of the underwater drowning scenes, but performed it nonetheless. Being crushed in a multi-car pile-up is as frightening as drowning, but it didn’t prevent Damon’s car stunt performances throughout the entire series. At the climax of the movie, the most significant scene was of him smashing another car against a divide under a tunnel.
6 Viggo Mortensen – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy & Hidalgo
Viggo Mortensen’s gained international recognition for role as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. In one the fight scenes Mortensen actually lost a tooth, but repaired it over lunch and then set out to complete the shooting for the day. In his other film- Hidalgo, Mortensen performed a seriously dangerous stunt wherein he raced a horse at lightning speed. Being an experienced rider he managed to pull it off without sustaining any injury.
7 Sylvester Stallone – Rocky IV
During the filming of Rocky IV, Sylvester Stallone himself requested Dolph Lundgren who played Ivan Drago to really try to knock his character i.e. Rocky Balboa out in the first 45 seconds of the round of the fight scene. Lundgren did so by landing a few punches after which Stallone yelled for the cut. That very night Stallone was rushed to the hospital, as his blood pressure level spiked to 260.
8 Halle Berry – The Call
While much of the film-The Call shows Halle Berry sitting in a chair and having a conversation with a distressed child, she wounds up in hospital, in reality, after one of the takes. In one of the shoots for the film’s climax, Michael Eklund who played the role of the serial killer slammed Berry’s head directly into the concrete floor, having misjudged the distance in between.
9 Bruce Campbell – Evil Dead
In the Evil Dead franchise starring Bruce Campbell the POV camera is used as the unseen evil malevolent force that chase characters relentlessly. It was during one of these POV shots that the camera operator slipped and knocked out Campbell’s front teeth. Although nothing dangerous occurred through the filming of the movie this one incident was really rash.
10 The Cast of Inglourious Basterds
This fictional take on WWII included a scene where the set would erupt in fire towards the end of the movie. In this scene the fire was real and it went out of control to the point that its heat liquefied the cables that were holding a Swastika flag, on the set, in place. Once the cables were gone the flag came crashing down on the set’s balcony where the cast of actors were, for the filming of the scene. If the actors had remained there, on the balcony they could have been killed when the flag collapsed. This just goes to show the willingness of actors putting themselves in danger such as risking real fires, for the sake of a realistic screenshot.