Despite how much regular people (and actors themselves) sometimes ridicule the art of acting, it can be a truly treacherous business. If this wasn't a possibility, movies wouldn't insure their stars, films wouldn't have to post bonds, and ultimately the cost of a lot of films would be cheaper. Actors are a curious breed and because of this they sometimes take chances with catastrophic consequences.
Sometimes it isn't the actor's doing. Brandon Lee, who died while starring in The Crow in 1993, was the victim of a firearms accident. Vic Morrow, Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le were tragically killed in a helicopter accident on the set of The Twilight Zone in 1982. Life is a precious thing. Despite the tragedies that some times happen on films, which you can learn more about on IMDB in the trivia section, they are made by humans so sometimes tragic, human errors happen.
As much as acting puts the onus on actors to push themselves to unholy physical and emotional levels, I hardly doubt that Stanislavsky or Stella Adler would advocate that thespians make the ultimate sacrifice for their craft. Yet, some actors do just that. One has to wonder that if an actor knew they might die in a role, would they take said role in the first place. I'm thinking probably not.
Then there are those actors that ALMOST die. These are those actors who, while creating that most memorable performance, the kind of performance we all feel in our gut when we see it, literally nearly met their maker in the process. Would it have been worth it to shuffle the mortal coil in pursuit of a masterful performance? Hell no! Might the movie have been less without an actor almost biting it? Possibly.
Death is a very serious thing. 2016 has been brutal to celebrities and everyday folks alike. It seems like every week we hear about some icon of the entertainment world breathing their last breath. It gives everyone pause. The cruel hand of death spares no one. However, on some occasions certain people can escape it which is why we bring you, "13 Times Actors Almost Died Creating Iconic Movies."
Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mark Hamill claims that his near death experience never happened. Here's what we know (or don't know), Hamill nearly fell on the island on Skelling Michael as he was climbing up the steep, stone steps to get to his shooting spot where the much ballyhooed Luke Skywalker would be revealed. The story goes that had he fallen, he probably would've died as a couple of other people had also died there in similar situations. Thankfully, we won't know because Hamill is very much alive, refuting this tale, and leaving us to wonder what really happened on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens after all.
Sylvester Stallone in Rocky 4
If you thought the fight scene between Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) was particularly brutal, know that Stallone nearly died from it. Apparently, Stallone took so many body shots that it caused his heart to make severe contact with his breastbone. Stallone didn't think too much about this until it started swelling. Then he was having a lot of trouble breathing. He was taken to a hospital and had to spend eight days in the ICU. So, next time you watch the movie, just know that that "fake" fight scene nearly had dire consequences.
George Clooney in Syriana
It seems that you can go too far on a movie set. It appears that during a torture scene in the film, Clooney's head was inadvertently cracked open but not in a way people could see. So after weeks of pain and not knowing what in the world was wrong with him, Clooney finally finds a neurologist that realizes that he has fluid coming out of his SPINE! Good thing they caught this. One can only wonder what might've happened if Clooney had simply tried to tough this out. After this finding, Clooney had a bevy of treatments and many more moments of excruciating pain. Ultimately, he had to accept that he might feel good again, but he was never going to feel great. Wow, talk about suffering for your art.