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    22 Actors Who Got Seriously Injured Or Almost Died While Filming Movies And TV Shows

    Natalie Portman dislocated one of her ribs while filming a scene for Black Swan, and since there were no on-set medics, she was required to stay in character and finish the scene.

    1. While filming Cast Away, Tom Hanks refused to bathe, which ended up nearly killing him after he caught a staph infection from a wound on his leg.

    Tom Hanks in "Cast Away."

    "[Cast Away] put me in the hospital. I was there for three days with something that, believe it or not, almost killed me," he revealed. "I got an infection from a cut, and it was eating its way through my leg. I didn't know it; I just thought I had a sore. I went to the doctor who took one look and said, 'I have to put you in the hospital because we have to get this infection out of you before it poisons your blood and you die.'"

    Tom Hanks in "Cast Away."

    2. Sylvester Stallone wanted the fighting scenes in Rocky IV to look as real as possible, so he asked Dolph Lundgren to forget the choreography and “just go out there and try to clock me."

    side by side close ups of Stallone at an event and as Rocky in the ring

    He got beaten up so badly that he ended up in the ICU for nine days. His doctors even told him that Dolph's punch was so powerful that it "caught the ribs and hit the heart against the ribcage" — an injury commonly seen after head-on collisions.

    Rocky getting punched and going down in the the ring

    3. Back in 2019, Zac Efron was in Papua, New Guinea filming his show Killing Zac Efron, and contracted a bacterial infection, believed to be typhoid fever. He ended up having to be airlifted to Brisbane, Australia where he could get hospitalized.

    side by side of Efron at an event and filming on the show

    Luckily he had a "quick" recovery and finished filming his show: "Very thankful to everyone who has reached out. I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing 3 weeks in P.N.G."

    Very thankful to everyone who has reached out. I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing 3 weeks in P.N.G. I’m home for the holidays with my friends and family. Thanks for all the love and concern, see you in 2020!

    Twitter: @ZacEfron

    4. While filming Bruised, Halle Berry got kicked by her costar Valentina Shevchenko — an actual MMA fighter — and broke two of her ribs.

    side by side of Berry on the red carpet and in the film fighting with a black eye

    She kept going with the scene though, and said, "The fighter in me stood up and said, 'You just have to keep going, take some Advil and tough your way through it."

    Berry fighting in the film

    5. Isla Fisher nearly drowned in front of the entire cast and crew while filming an underwater magic trick for Now You See Me. She said that the crew didn't catch on right away because everyone just assumed she was acting, she said, "They thought I was being Meryl Streep in the tank, actually, I was drowning."

    side by side of Isla on the red carpet and filming the underwater scene

    In the scene, she was chained and submerged in a tank of water, with quick-release magnetic chained handcuffs meant for an easy escape. She shared that "the chain that went between my legs couldn't be broken, and it got stuck."

    Isla during an interview saying all she was thinking about was being on the autopsy table in her swimming costume

    6. Ashton Kutcher gave himself pancreatitis and was hospitalized twice (!!!!) while preparing to play Steve Jobs in Jobs.

    side by side of Ashton and him in character

    Steve Jobs was known to be a "fruitarian," and lived on a mainly fruit diet, which Ashton tried to replicate. His wife Mila Kunis explained, "He was so dumb. He...only ate grapes at one point...we ended up in the hospital twice. With pancreatitis! It was really dumb!"

    Ashton working on a computer as Steve Jobs

    7. While filming a scene in Black Swan, Natalie Portman dislocated one of her ribs but there was no medic on set to help her.

    side by side of Natalie on the red carpet and in character for the film

    She explained that eventually she did get medical attention, but not before director Darren Aronofsky made her finish the scene in pain. She said, "When I got lifted, it went out of place. It sort of goes under another rib. So that was real, [the scene in which a physical therapist] was doing real work on me. Darren was like, 'Film it! Film it! Stay in character, talk in your character's voice!'"

    Portman lying on her side as she's given physical therapy for her ribs

    8. While filming Mission Impossible 6, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while leaping from one building to another, and he continued to run on it just so he could finish the stunt.

    side by side of Cruise on and off set

    During an interview, he said that he "knew instantly that it was broken," but didn't want to film the stunt again so he pushed through the pain and kept going — the moment where he broke his ankle ended up in the movie, too.

    Cruise jumping to another building rooftop

    9. Dylan O'Brien fell off a moving vehicle and was hit by another vehicle that was following behind while he was filming Maze Runner: The Death Cure. He ended up with a concussion, facial fracture and lacerations, and mental trauma after the accident.

    Dylan O'Brien on the red carpet and in character after falling to the ground

    He spent months in recovery and was hesitant to go back to filming another action movie. When talking about gearing up to do his next movie American Assassin he said, “The state that you’re in after something like that, you just want to run from all that stuff. I didn’t really even want to leave my couch necessarily when I was allowed to. So, yeah. It was a big step doing this.”

    behind the scenes of Dylan O'Brien being put in straps for his stunts

    10. While Priyanka Chopra was filming a stunt scene for Quantico she fell and hit her head, sending her to the emergency room. She explained, "I was supposed to be saving someone, as usual. And I was wearing rubber boots, it was raining and there was plastic on the floor, and I slipped on that. Can you imagine, after all the action I do, that's how I get a concussion?"

    side by side of Chopra at the red carpet and in character

    After the fall she assured fans that she was okay and praised the show's production environment, "I absolutely feel safe on set. My show is an extremely physical show. We shoot nine scenes a day, we are an extremely fast-paced show and I have a lot of physicality. So yeah, things can happen, and the producers are very, very aware and concerned and they've been really wonderful with me. So I'm pretty sure it won't happen [again], but when you do stunts, that happens."

    Chopra during a fight scene

    11. Colin Firth developed headaches, a pinched nerve in his arm, and a stutter of his own after portraying George VI in The King's Speech.

    Colin Firth as King George VI in "The King's Speech."

    "I had to learn to stammer and then play someone trying desperately not to. It put my left arm to sleep — it was very peculiar. I must have been locking something, pinching a nerve. It was a semi-paralysis that would last for three or four days," he explained. "Derek Jacobi said to me: 'You could find it affecting your speech patterns for some time afterward. When the job's over, don't worry, it will go away.'"

    Colin Firth as King George VI in "The King's Speech."

    12. Margot Robbie trained in ice skating for five hours a day, five days a week, for five months to play Tonya Harding in I, Tonya — she worked herself so hard she got a herniated disk in her neck.

    Robbie twirling in the air in the movie

    She explained that learning to skate as an adult wasn't easy. “When you’re a kid, you’re fearless, but starting at 26 years old, I had a lot of fear.” She added, "There were lots of bumps and bruises, lots of blisters. I herniated a disc in my neck. My arms started going numb for a month, but it was the disc getting irritated. And then I properly herniated it, and I was very aware when that happened. It's really painful."

    Robbie ice skating

    13. While working on The Wizard of Oz, Margaret Hamilton — the Wicked Witch of the West — got second-degree burns on her face and third-degree burns on her hand after a stunt went wrong.

    side by side of Hamilton in a portrait and as the witch in the film

    In the scene, she was supposed to make a fiery exit from Munchkinland, but when the trapdoor didn't open, she was engulfed in flames and spent six weeks recovering. Later on she returned to production and said, "I know how this business works, and I would never work again. I will return to work on one condition — no more fireworks!"

    the fire bursting on set that was supposed to cover Hamilton

    14. While filming My Left Foot, Daniel Day-Lewis refused to get out of his character's wheelchair and sat hunched over all the time. He ended up breaking two ribs from sitting in that position for so long.

    Daniel Day-Lewis in "My Left Foot."

    He also made crew members carry him around set and spoon feed him because he wouldn't get out of character.

    Day-Lewis in the wheelchair

    15. Michelle Yeoh tore her ACL and needed surgery after running across a rooftop for a scene in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and called it "one of the most painful moviemaking experiences" she's ever had.

    side by side of Yeoh on the red carpet and in character

    She had to keep working during her recovery and explained, "If you watch the movie you see me walking slowly. That’s because I had a big brace under those baggy trousers. It took me three months to recover, to be ready for the last fight sequence."

    Yeoh in character doing the splits

    16. Also, while filming Gangs of New York, Daniel Day-Lewis caught pneumonia because he refused to wear a warmer coat in between scenes since those same coats didn't exist in the 1860s.

    Day-Lewis at an event and in character for the film

    He went on to explain, "I will admit that I went mad, totally mad," and that the role was, "not so good for my physical or mental health."

    Day-Lewis in a fight scene outside in the cold

    17. Jeremy Renner fell 20 feet and broke both of his arms on the third day of filming Tag. He texted his castmate, Leslie Bibb, from the hospital and she thought he was joking, but he told her "This isn't a bit. I broke my elbow, and I broke my wrist."

    Renner with his broken arms on set

    His castmates assumed production would get shut down, but Jeremy returned to set that afternoon with removable casts so they could stay on schedule and finish the movie. For some scenes, they even used CGI to remove the casts from his arms.

    Renner falling off a roof

    18. Gary Oldman gave himself nicotine poisoning after smoking $20,000 worth of Winston Churchill's favorite cigars for Darkest Hour.

    Gary Oldman smoking a cigar in character

    He explained to the Hollywood Reporter, "I got serious nicotine poisoning. You’d have a cigar that was three-quarters smoked and you’d light it up, and then over the course of a couple of takes, it would go down, and then the prop man would replenish me with a new cigar — we were doing that for 10 or 12 takes a scene.”

    close up of Oldman smoking a cigar

    19. Zazie Beetz fainted during an intense scene with a truck convoy while filming Deadpool 2, and also got burned by a stray shell casing during a shootout — she still has a scar on her chest.

    Beetz on the red carpet and in character for the film

    She explained that she trained for two months with four hours a day dedicated to cardio, weight training and mixed martial arts. But it got even trickier once she combined all of that fighting with her character's "wildly impractical" suit.

    Beetz with a gun pointed at her in the film

    20. Blake Lively shattered her hand while doing a fight scene with Jude Law on the set of The Rhythm Section. Because of her injury, filming was paused for six months while she recuperated.

    Blake lively with a bloody lip and short hair for the film

    "My hand basically turned to feta cheese. I was lunging towards Jude Law with my fake rubber knife and my hand collided with his elbow," she explained she broke several bones and damaged many ligaments.

    the fight scene with Law

    21. During his career as an action star, Jackie Chan has broken pretty much every body part imaginable — he even has a hole in his head. He explained, "Not every bone, but I can say every inch from my hat to my toes...scratched, bruised, yes. Bones? A little bit. I have a hole in my head."

    Jackie Chan at an event and in a fighting scene blocking a gun

    He told Steve Harvey that while filming his older movies, there wasn't money for CGI or special effects so he did the stunts himself. He joked that if a director asked him to jump from one building to another, he'd just do it.

    Chan jumping off a building

    22. Finally, Michael J. Fox was nearly hanged while filming Back to the Future Part III. While practices for the stunt had gone well, Michael couldn't get his hand in the right place in time and the rope got so tight it cut off his airways.

    Michael J. Fox

    In his book Lucky Man: A Memoir, he wrote, “I swung unconscious at the end of the rope for several seconds before Bob Zemeckis, fan of me though he was, realized even I wasn't that good of an actor."

    Fox chocking on the rope he was hanging from