29 fatal accidents on set: Rust with Alec Baldwin, The Crow, La 4e …

Stunts that go wrong, safety standards that are not respected, fires, drownings … These shootings were mourned by the loss of an actor, a stuntman or a technician victims of an unfortunate accident. With Léa Bodin.

Despite the assurances taken on the shoots, the stunts adjusted to the millimeter by very reputable coordinators, props supposed to be checked and combed through, but also sometimes by unconscious stuntmen or directors disregarding the safety rules, it unfortunately happens that everything does not go as planned. And leads to a drama, as the one who has just mourned the shooting of Rust, the western that Alec Baldwin was filming, has sadly revealed.

Rust by Joel Souza (2021)

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It is a drama that inevitably recalls the death of Brandon Lee in 1993 on the set of The Crow. On the set of the western Rust, comedian Alec Baldwin accidentally killed director of photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, by shooting her with a weapon supposed to be blank loaded. The 63-year-old actor also seriously injured director Joel Souza, 48, who is currently in intensive care at Santa Fe hospital.

Blade Runner 2049 by Denis Villeneuve (2017)

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Sony Pictures Entertainment

As a Hungarian worker dismantled part of the set for the film Blade Runner 2049, just after filming in Budapest, the platform on which the heavy set was built collapsed. The 28-year-old worker lost his life. An investigation has been opened to determine the exact causes of the accident.

The Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan (2008)

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Warner Bros.

During the filming of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Special Effects Manager Conway Wickliffe was killed while setting up a scene with the Batmobile. The vehicle he was in crashed into a tree after missing a 90 ° turn. Seriously injured, he died shortly before help arrived. The film is dedicated to him, as well as to Heath Ledger, who was found dead in New York shortly after finishing his scenes, following an overdose of drugs. He received a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of The Joker.

Taxi 2 by Gérard Krawczyk (2000)

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DR

At the end of Taxi 2, the taxi hovers over the army tanks. When the scene is shot, the car is in place, the springboard and the boxes provided to cushion the fall and slow down the vehicle as well. But the car took off and landed 15 meters further, much further than expected, hitting full force Alain Dutartre, cameraman, and his assistant Jean-Michel Bar. The latter gets away with fractured legs but Alain Dutartre dies in hospital as a result of his injuries, a few hours later.

xXx by Rob Cohen (2002)

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Sony Pictures Entertainment

On the set of XXX, the stunt double of Vin Diesel, who plays the main character, must rappelling down via a cable and landing on the hull of a submarine. Stuntman Harry L. O’Connor hit a bridge head-on and died instantly … It was an accident that apparently could have been avoided, the first take being satisfactory, but O’Connor allegedly insisted to shoot a second take, which was fatal to him. As a tribute to the stuntman, the scene was incorporated into the film.

The Crow by Alex Proyas (1994)

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Gaumont Buena Vista International (GBVI)

It is a very rare occurrence that the lead actor is involved in a fatal accident while filming a movie. This was however the case during the filming of The Crow : Brandon lee – Bruce Lee’s son – is set to play a scene where he is shot with a gun. While a blank bullet must be fired, it is an actual bullet that goes off, puncturing many internal organs.

Taken to hospital, the actor fell into a coma before succumbing to his injury a few hours later. The investigation revealed that the revolver had been loaded with live ammunition during a previous use and that one of these projectiles had remained blocked in the barrel. Since the blank cartridges were charged with highly explosive powder to produce smoke at the time of firing, the blank cartridge would have provided enough power to expel the bullet.

The Expendables 2 by Simon West (2012)

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Fox Deutschland

During the filming of The Expendables 2: Special Unit, the recording of the sea craft explosion scene went wrong and one stuntman was killed while another was seriously injured. It took five hours of surgery to get him out of danger.

Tony Scott’s Top Gun (1986)

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Paramount Pictures

Stunt pilot for Tony Scott’s film Top Gun, Art Scholl was killed during a flight that was to be used to film shots to add to the film, the plane being equipped with a camera. He lost control of the craft and crashed in the Pacific Ocean. The aircraft and the body of the pilot were never found. The film is dedicated to him.

Shark! by Samuel Fuller (1969)

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Heritage Enterprises

While filming Shark !, a stuntman was killed by a shark that was believed to be sedated. The shark attack and the death of the stuntman were filmed and the production even used this terrible accident for publicity purposes, which caused the departure of director Samuel Fuller.

World War III, David Greene & Boris Sagal (1982)

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DR

During the shooting of his film The Third world war, director Boris Sagal was beheaded by the tail rotor of a helicopter as he passed behind it. A terrible twist of fate, since his friend Vic Morrow died in the same circumstances on the set of The Fourth Dimension the following year.

The Fourth Dimension, segment by John Landis (1983)

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DR

In The Fourth Dimension, the segment directed by John Landis takes place in turn in Nazi-occupied France, the America of the Ku Klux Klan and Vietnam during the war against the United States. During the filming of a scene from the Vietnam War, a helicopter crash caused the death by beheading of the actor Vic Morrow and two children who stared him in the film, My-ca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen, aged 7 and 6. The pilot, who had lost control of the aircraft, hampered by the explosions, escaped with minor injuries.

Although John Landis was accused of knowingly illegally employing two children in the middle of the night and of having multiplied the risk-taking – asking the helicopter to fly ever lower – the filmmaker was found not guilty, attacked sued by the parents of the two children and the two daughters of Vic Morrow (Carrie Ann Morrow and Jennifer Jason Leigh). California law was changed as a result of this affair, which put the brake on John Landis’ career.

The Exorcist by William Friedkin (1973)

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Warner Bros.

No less than 9 deaths occurred during the filming of The Exorcist, earning it the reputation of being a cursed film. According to director William Friedkin, over a filming period of more than a year, it is inevitable that people will get injured or die …

Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy (2004)

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Warner Bros.

While filming an action scene for the movie Troy, George Camilleri, a bodybuilder who played a small role in the movie, broke his foot. The athlete was operated on twice, but a blood clot formed and caused his death.

The Warrens of Virginia by Elmer Clifton (1915)

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DR

While filming Elmer Clifton’s film The Warrens of Virginia, actress Martha Mansfield was severely burned during a take. The actress’ costume caught fire when a member of the cast struck a match and she died the next day from her burns.

Silence by Martin Scorsese (2017)

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Metropolitan FilmExport

On the set of Martin Scorsese’s Silence, an element of the set collapsed, causing the death of a worker. Along with two other of his colleagues, he was tasked with reinforcing a visibly dangerous structure when part of the ceiling collapsed and the man was crushed … The other two were only injured.

The Return of the Musketeers by Richard Lester (1989)

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DR

On the set of Return of the Musketeers, actor Roy Kinnear had a violent fall from his horse: he broke his pelvis and, although quickly taken care of in hospital, he died the day after of a heart attack. Deeply affected by this drama, the director Richard Lester then decides to stop the cinema.

Noah’s Ark by Michael Curtiz (1928)

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DR

Michael Curtiz’s film Noah’s Ark was mourned by three deaths among the extras while filming the flood scene. Many were injured. It was from this accident that the laws for safety during filming appeared.

Spider-Man by Sam Raimi (2002)

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Columbia TriStar Films

While filming Spider-Man in 2002, a welder, Timothy Holcombe, died after a crane fell on the set. His wife sued the film’s production company.

The Angels of Hell by Howard Hugues (1930)

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DR

During the filming of Hell’s Angels, directed by Howard Hughes and starring James Whale and Edmund Goulding, three pilots were killed, along with a mechanic. Howard Hughes was himself severely injured in a plane crash (skull fracture, spinal injuries, coma), himself replacing a stuntman who considered the scene too perilous.

GI Joe Conspiracy by Jon M. Chu (2013)

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Paramount Pictures

While filming GI Joe Conspiracy, a lifting platform collapses on Mike Huber, a technician. An accident which is unfortunately fatal to him.

Flight of the Phoenix by Robert Aldrich (1965)

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DR

During the filming of a sequence of The Flight of the Phoenix, by Robert Aldrich, Paul Mantz, an air pilot, lost his life while having to perform a risky maneuver with a device made especially for the film.

A Vampire in Brooklyn by Wes Craven (1995)

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Paramount Pictures

While dubbing actress Angela Bassett on the Wes Craven film A Vampire in Brooklyn, stuntwoman Sonja Davis was killed following a fall from several meters. After this accident, the film’s production company was taken to court by the victim’s family.

Christopher Cain’s Fishing Party (1997)

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Hollywood pictures

During the filming of the comedy Fishing Party, with Joe Pesci and Danny Glover, stuntwoman Janet Wilder was killed in an accident: a boat, supposed to land further after a jump on a ramp, ended its race by hitting it. Her husband and stepfather were also injured.

Out of Bounds by Andrezj Bartkowiak (2001)

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Silver Pictures

Stuntman Chris Lamon suffered a very violent head shock during a stunt that went wrong in the movie Hors Limites with Steven Seagal. He died six days after the accident.

John Woo’s Three Kingdoms (2008)

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Metropolitan FilmExport

On the set of the Chinese film The 3 Kingdoms, 23-year-old stuntman Lu Yanqing was caught in a fire and lost his life. Six other people were also injured.

Mike Nichols Catch-22 (1970)

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Paramount Pictures

As Mike Nichols shoots Catch-22, cameraman John Jordan refuses to wear a safety harness during a bombing scene. He had a violent fall and died instantly.

Jumper by Doug Liman (2008)

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20th Century Studios

While helping to dismantle a structure from the set of the movie Jumper, props designer David Ritchie received a piece of frozen debris on his head: an accident that claimed his life.

The Final Season by David M. Evans (2007)

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Final Partners / Fobia Films

A cameraman, Roland Schlotzhauer, was killed in a helicopter crash while taking footage of the parade scene on the set of The Final Season. The helicopter he was on boarded a power line and crashed in a field. The pilot and a producer who was also on board the aircraft escaped.

Skiptrace by Renny Harlin (2016)

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2nd Gen

While filming the action comedy Skiptrace starring Jackie Chan, cameraman Chan Kwok-hung drowned when the small boat he was filming sank. Other members of the team were present on the boat: they all managed to get out.

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