Actors and the Injuries They Sustained During Stunts on Set

Most people see the lives of actors as glamorous. It’s not surprising because most of the time, we see celebrities attending fashion galas, movie premieres, and other extravagant gatherings.

However, it’s not always glitz and glamour for these people. When they’re filming, actors do get down and dirty. Some even get injured when a stunt goes wrong, including the following.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is no stranger to stunts. The Hollywood actor famous for Top Gun, Risky Business, and Born on the Fourth of July suffered a painful injury while filming a scene in his most successful film franchise: Mission Impossible.

In the scene, Cruise was running across rooftops when he miscalculated his leap. When he jumped, his momentum wasn’t enough to safely bring himself to the surface of the next rooftop. He fell short and his ankle hit the side of the building, fracturing it.

But even though the actor was injured, he was still able to lift himself up and ambled towards the closest crew member who helped him get off the set. People can check out Cruise limping after the jump if they watch the behind-the-scenes video on YouTube.

Nicole Kidman

Cruise’s former wife, Nicole Kidman, also encountered injuries while filming a scene. According to reports, Kidman fractured her ribs and injured her knee while she was filming a dance scene for Moulin Rouge. The injuries took time to heal, which is why she filmed a lot of her scenes while seated to hide the cast that she was wearing at the time.

Daniel Craig

The actor who currently plays James Bond is no stranger to injuries, as well. When Daniel Craig was filming Casino Royale, the crew had to fly in the actor’s personal dentist after a scene resulted in him losing two front teeth. Not only that, but Craig also suffered fractures on his ribs, a torn muscle on his right shoulder, and a missing tip on one of his fingers on his right hand when filming Quantum of Solace.

If he had a knee injury, Craig might have had to fly in a knee surgeon from Orem or wherever his doctor is. It’s a good thing he’s well taken care of by his producers.

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Michael J. Fox

When Michael J. Fox filmed a scene in Back to the Future III, little did he know that fiction would almost become a reality. Fox said that when his character Marty McFly was about to be hanged by the film’s antagonist, Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson), something happened that the pretend hanging almost became real.

Fox said the noose really did cut the circulation in his neck and he passed out. Luckily for him, the director, Robert Zemeckis, realized that Fox was in danger and shouted to the crew to cut him loose right away.

Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio is famous for being a committed method actor, but people didn’t know how far he would commit until the behind-the-scenes footage for Django Unchained were revealed. In one scene, DiCaprio’s character breaks a glass out of anger, but the crew didn’t realize that the actor accidentally cut his own hand when he broke the glass.

Rather than calling the director, Quentin Tarantino, to cut the scene to have his wound treated, DiCaprio proceeded with his monologue while his hand was bleeding profusely. He even smeared the face of his co-star, Kerry Washington, with his bloodied hand as a dramatic gesture, which made the actress wince for real.

So, if you think actors always have it good, then think again. They might look flawless when they’re out and about promoting a movie, but deep down, they have suffered a fracture or two for their efforts.

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