40 Hollywood Movie Roles That Almost Cost The Actors Their Lives Or Limbs
Though some say that acting is not a real job because it is easy and essentially “playing pretend,” this is not always the case. Many movies can effectively make sets and special effects look real. Unfortunately, things can get so real that actors are actually put in real danger. Many of the movie roles discussed in this article involved high-risk stunts that could make you wonder how anyone could let this happen.
Harrison Ford As Han Solo
Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the world’s biggest movie stars. She is best known for playing the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games films. But her success was not a walk in the park, as she had to go through a lot before she reached the stardom she now enjoys. While she was training for her role, she literally hit a wall. The effect could have brought irreparable damage to her spleen. Fortunately, an MRI scan revealed that she would recover in time.
Tom Hanks As A Castaway
Halle Berry As A Bond Girl
Joseph Gordon-Levitt As A Bike Messenger
Mila Kunis As A Ballerina
Brad Pitt As Achilles
Kate Winslet As A Titanic Survivor
Jared Leto As An Assassin
George Clooney In Syriana
Blake Lively In The Rhythm Section
Blake Lively is popular for being part of Gossip Girl. She has since evolved from a teen star to a full-fledged actress. In her effort to be taken seriously, she decided to be in a spy thriller titled The Rhythm Section. The role required Lively to perform stunts. However, she injured her hand during the shoot; surgery was not enough to fix the issue.
Sylvester Stallone Is A Trooper
Linda Hamilton In The Terminator
Bruce Willis In Die Hard
Jaimie Alexander As Lady Sif
Channing Tatum In The Eagle
Michelle Yeoh In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Tom Cruise Fell In Fallout
Angelina Jolie In Salt
Angelina Jolie is a brilliant actress—she can do action sequences, drama, comedy, and horror. She’s even proven herself to be a great director. All those skills, however, were not enough to protect her from the injury she suffered during the shoot for the 2010 movie Salt.
Daniel Craig As James Bond
Daniel Craig is the most recent actor to play the famous and infamous spy, James Bond, thanks to his skill honed by his decades of on-screen experience. Despite the popularity, the role brought him, it did come with some risks. That being said, 007 movies have always been described as a tad dangerous.
Isla Fisher In Now You See Me
Isla Fisher is a trooper. She has been a soap opera actress as well as a brilliant comedian. In 2013, she starred in a movie that involved magic. Little did she know that her role posed a risk to her life. During the filming of Now You See Me, she was required to be inside a water tank.
Dylan O'Brien In The Maze Runner
Uma Thurman In Kill Bill
Diane Kruger In Inglorious Basterds
Diane Kruger is another actress that suffered under the hands of director Quentin Tarantino. She was injured during the filming of Inglorious Basterds, where her character had to be strangled by a Nazi. The director wanted Kruger to be genuinely strangled.
Jason Statham In The Expendables
Charlize Theron In AEon Flux
Actress Charlize Theron experienced a major injury during the shoot of the movie she was starring in—AEon Flux. One scene required Theron to perform a slew of backflips. The accident almost left her paralyzed.
Johnny Depp As The Lone Ranger
Matthew Fox In Lost
Ellen Burstyn In The Exorcist
Viggo Mortensen In The Lord Of The Rings
Kevin Costner In Waterworld
Kevin Costner was the star of the movie Waterworld. But not even his star power could save him from the danger he experienced while shooting the movie. In the scene where he was supposed to be tethered atop a boat, a storm broke out, which then caused large waves to thrash him violently for almost thirty minutes.
Daniel Day-Lewis Is Always In Character
Who knew that practicing method acting could have cost Daniel Day-Lewis his life? Though he is one of Hollywood’s excellent actors, his devotion to method acting almost ended more than his career. This acting style allows actors to inhabit and be the characters they are playing totally.