14+ Movie Scenes That Went Horribly Wrong For Actors

Diply 27 Sep 2018

I know that being a Hollywood actor seems like a glamorous lifestyle, but it's not without a little blood, sweat, and tears.

Filming movies can be a dangerous business. You can take as many precautions as possible, but accidents still happen from time to time — just ask these stars.

1. Throwing it back to 1939, there were quite a few incidents that went down on the set of The Wizard of Oz.

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One of the most notable accidents occurred when Margaret Hamilton (The Wicked Witch of the West) suffered second- and third-degree burns.

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The incident occurred during the second take of Margaret exiting Munchkinland. 

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She had to recover in hospital and then at home for six weeks before she could return to the set. After the accident, she refused to work with fire for the remainder of the movie, understandably.

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2. Leonardo DiCaprio's wounded hand while shooting Django Unchained is a fairly popular on-set accident that we have to mention because it's that iconic.

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His hand smashed a glass during an intense scene, and instead of stopping, he continued to finish the take with blood running down his hand.

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3. Isla Fisher had a close call while filming Now You See Me.

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There's a scene where her character tries to escape from a tank of water and bangs on the walls of that tank.

The problem is that when she became stuck in real life, she tried banging on the walls for help, but the crew thought it was part of the scene. Eventually, she was able to untangle and free herself!

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4. Tom Cruise explained what went down after breaking his ankle while filming a stunt forMission: Impossible — Fallout.


“I knew instantly my ankle was broken and I really didn’t want to do it again so just got up and carried on with the take. I said, ‘It’s broken. That’s a wrap. Take me to hospital’ and then everyone got on the phone and made their vacation arrangement," he explainedin an interview on The Graham Norton Show.

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5. Filming Titanic wasn't without some shipwrecks of its own.

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Apparently, several of the cast members who had to spend hours in cold water came down with colds, the flu, and even kidney infections — Kate Winslet being one of them.

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6. Dylan O'Brien was injured while filming a scene for Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

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He was harnessed on top of a moving vehicle but was accidentally pulled off of it and hit by another vehicle. He suffered a concussion, facial fracture, and lacerations that were deemed serious and required a lengthy amount of time to recover.

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7. Channing Tatum went a little too hard while filming Foxcatcher.

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He smashed through a plastic-covered mirror and shattered it — going all the way through to the drywall behind the mirror and leaving a dent. The whole incident becomes a lot more dramatic when you learn that he did all this with his head. And yes, there was a lot of blood.

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8. It's no surprise that earplugs would be a necessity while filming Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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Unfortunately, Linda Hamilton forgot to wear hers while filming a scene inside an elevator. When she fired a gun, the noise was so loud that she suffered from permanent hearing damage.

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9. George Clooney is still suffering after an on-set injury that occurred while filming Syriana.

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After a stunt went wrong, he learned that he had a "two-and-a-half-inch rip in the middle of his back, a half-inch tear in his neck and was leaking spinal fluid to the point where it was coming out of his nose." To this day, he still suffers from chronic pain caused by the accident.

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10. Harrison Ford seems to always be getting injured, and filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens was no exception.  

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"They closed an [expletive] door on me!" He exclaimed. Then he used a Han Solo doll to recreate what happened, explaining that they dislocated his ankle.

He added that it was J.J. Abrams himself who closed the door on his leg, which does make for a good story.

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11. Even the lovely Tom Hanks isn't immune to injury.

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While filming Cast Away, Tom cut his leg. While he was flying home, he noticed that his leg was really hurting. He eventually went to the doctor, where it turns out he had a staph infection and was close to having blood poisoning.

“The doctor said to me ‘What’s the matter with you, you idiot? You could have died from this thing!'" Tom explained.

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12. Halle Berry is no stranger to on-set accidents.


She broke her foot while working on Cloud Atlasand her arm during Gothika. She even suffered head injuries while filming The Hive and Catwoman. Someone get this woman some bubble wrap!

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13. Nicole Kidman had an 18-inch waist during Moulin Rouge, but it came at a price.

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“I hurt myself dancing in heels at three in the morning and I fell downstairs” she said. “I then re-broke my rib getting into a corset," she explained. Ouch!

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14. Brad Pitt says that "in a bout of stupid irony," he tweaked his Achilles' tendon while filming Troy.


It caused filming to halt for 10 weeks while he recovered.

At least he can appreciate how ironic it was!

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15. He was also injured while filming Se7en.

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He apparently slipped during a chase scene and his arm went through a windshield, severing a tendon. He ended up with a cast, which was then well hidden in other scenes.

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