Tom Cruise injured after MI:6 stunt goes horribly wrong...here are 6 other times film stunts have misfired
One of the most exciting things about a cracking Hollywood blockbuster is the amazing, heart-in-your-mouth stunts performed by some of the most talented stunt men and women in the world, and in rare cases the leading stars themselves. But sometimes things go horribly wrong, ending in tragedy.
Tom Cruise narrowly missed causing serious harm to himself when a stunt on the sets of Mission Impossible 6 didn't go as planned and he ended up with two broken bones and a bruised ego. But later, on the sets of Marvel blockbuster Deadpool 2, things ended tragically, after a stunt woman was killed.
The stuntwoman, identified as Joi “SJ” Harris – the first female African-American road racer – died after a motorcycle trick went wrong.
Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds tweeted his shock at the incident.
Here are the other times Hollywood stunts have not ended well at all.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double on the movie, David Holmes, was injured in an accident during test filming and damaged his spine. Although he initially hoped to return to work, it has since been reported that Holmes is paralyzed and now uses a wheelchair. But in the true never-say-die spirit of stunt work, Holmes has taken up driving a specially-modified car around race tracks at 150 mph and has set up a production company, Ripple Productions, with two friends, who are also tetraplegic.
The story of Brandon Lee's tragic and untimely death is the stuff of Hollywood legend. While filming The Crow, towards the end of the film, Lee was supposed to be shot by a gun using gunpowder only, and no cartridges. A series of very unfortunate events, however, meant that the .44 Magnum used had a blank cartridge in the barrel when the gun was fired at Lee from about 12 feet away. He underwent six hours of surgery. However, attempts to save him were unsuccessful, and Lee was pronounced dead at 1:03 pm on March 31, 1993, at the age of 28. The shooting was ruled an accident.
While filming the Vin Diesel vehicle, XXX, one scene called for a man parasailing in the background. While the first take went off smoothly, the second take didn't. Stunt man Harry O'Connor, who was parasailing, hit a pillar of the Palacky Bridge in Prague, and was killed. The first take can be seen in the final cut of the film.
It's surprising there weren't more accidents on Top Gun, considering the extreme stunts using very fast F-14s. Experienced aerobatic flyer and aerial photographer, Art Scholl, had been called in by the filmmakers to get some awesome coverage of the dogfights in the film. Art put his Pitts S-2 camera plane into a spin so he could get some footage of it. Unfortunately, Art couldn't pull out of the spin. Scholl's last words over the radio were "I have a problem — I have a real problem", after which the plane impacted the Pacific ocean. The exact cause of the crash was never determined. Neither the aircraft nor Scholl's body were ever recovered.
Will Ferrell films are not really known for their hair-raising stunts, but when you're using a live wild animal, then you're asking for trouble. Ferrell had a scene where he wrestled a seven-foot-tall Grizzly Bear named Rocky, the scene went off without a hitch, but it didn't go so well for the bear's handler, Randy Miller. Miller was with the bear and two other trainers when Rocky attacked him and clamped down on Miller's neck. In spite of the other trainers' attempts to free him from the death bite, Miller died on the spot due to blood loss.
A Vampire in Brooklyn
Scenes of stunt men and women leaping off tall buildings and landing on airbags on the ground below are quite commonplace on the modern film set, but if you don't have the right equipment, someone's going to get hurt, or worse. On the sets of Eddie Murphy-starrer A Vampire in Brooklyn, experienced stunt woman, Sonja Davis, had to execute a 45-foot backward drop, landing on an airbag. Unfortunately, Paramount Pictures provided her with an airbag not equipped for a fall from such a height. Although Davis landed on the landing pad, her head hit the pavement just outside its edges. No emergency medical team was present on the team, and it took fifteen minutes for one to arrive.