Actors, they’ll do anything to get out of a day of work including potentially dying on set. Am I right? I know, they are the worst but don’t get me wrong they are still better than all of us and deserve our eternal gratitude.
Anywho, here are a couple times some actors almost died on set. Enjoy, we know they probably didn’t.
The Brady Bunch
During the filming of an episode titled “The Cincinnati Kids” a camera needed to be mounted on the front of a rollercoaster. The camera looked a little loose so they did a practice run and sure enough the camera flew off! Had the cast been shooting the scene it is a safe bet at least one would have died. Would it have been that bad? I mean it was the Brady “Bunch”, so they clearly had some to spare.
In a scene where Gilligan was trapped in a hut with a lion, the lion apparently lunged at Bob Denver but the lion trainer tackled the lion saving Denver from being mauled. The real story here, there was guy strong enough to take down a lion. If Gilligan’s Island was filmed today, that trainer would have his own reality show.
In a mistake that seems crazy to me, Terry O’Quinn stabbed Matthew Fox with a real knife instead of a collapsible blade during a fight scene. That seems bonkers to me to make that kind of mistake but apparently the same thing happened on Dexter and The Punisher as well.
Tom Hanks During the filming of ‘Castaway,’ Hanks was cut on the leg which halted filming for three whole weeks. This wasn’t just your average cut though. The cut became infected and Hanks almost died from blood poisoning, spending three days in the hospital.
Back to the Future III
Michael J. Fox While filming the scene in Back to the Future Part 3 where Fox’ character has a noose around his neck, Fox miscalculated the stunt and ended up passing out for about 30 seconds.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
David Holmes (the stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe) was paralyzed after falling to the ground while filming an aerial sequence.