Actors and actresses are often criticized for making obscene amounts of money while doing what appears to be one of the “easiest” and most desirable jobs in the world. However, if one takes a closer (and unbiased) look into acting, it might not be as easy as it looks and some actors do indeed put themselves in danger more than you might like to think. Whether it is actors who take their performance way too far, plain mistakes with set equipment, or the unpredictable accidents that mess things up, there have been many famous actors and actresses who have almost lost their lives in the name of art. Jackie Chan, for example, smashed his head during a scene that he tried to make as realistic as possible for his dedicated fans and now has to spend the rest of his life with a plastic plate in his head. Kate Winslet spent so many hours in freezing waters while filming Titanic to the point that she suffered severe bouts of pneumonia and influenza due to the rigorous filming conditions. And we’re afraid these are only two of the 25 Actors And Actresses That Almost Died While Filming. I guess it’s not as easy as these actors make it appear after all.
In 2012 Halle Berry was rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles after an accident she had on the set of The Hive. It is believed Halle hit her head very hard on some concrete after taking a nasty fall while shooting a scene for the movie. She was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in LA shortly after the accident, where she spent a couple of nights so that her doctors could make sure she was out of danger.
Rising star Jaimie Alexander’s career was almost cut short on the set of Thor: The Dark World when she had a nasty fall down some wet stairs in the rain. The beautiful actress slipped a disk, chipped eleven vertebrae, and dislocated her shoulder but luckily avoided a fatal injury.
During the filming of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief someone from the crew forgot to put the parking brake on in a van that almost ran Uma Thurman down. Fortunately, former 007 Pierce Brosnan was on the scene and jumped into the moving vehicle and hit the brakes in time to save the actress from a possible deadly crash.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt got a “premium rush” doing his own stunts for the bike-messenger action movie. But crashing into a NYC taxi nearly put the brakes on the actor’s body permanently. Thank God he ended up with only thirty-one stitches.
The world almost lost the greatest actress of our age during the shooting of 1994’s The River Wild. The decorated actress lost her balance during a scene and fell overboard into the icy water. Luckily Kevin Bacon was less than six degrees away because he pulled her to safety before things got worse.