From Sylvester Stallone to Jackie Chan via Uma Thurman or Jared Leto, some stars who were injured on the set of a film still have consequences today. The proof by seven.
Sylvester Stallone is used to injuries on film sets, the American actor having for example received 160 stitches and narrowly avoided an amputation of his arm after filming Rocky II. But that’s nothing compared to what happened to him on the set of The Expendables: Special Unit.
In The Expendables, the fight with actor Steve Austin, and precisely the moment when the latter throws him against a wall, left Stallone with irreversible damage to his neck, which he fractured at the same time as he broke. is damaged the spinal cord. In the end, “Sly” keeps a funny little memory of this painful experience: the installation, after surgery, of a metal plate in the neck!
During the filming of the feature film Syriana, George Clooney was seriously injured. In one scene, his character was tortured and fell from a chair, but the stunt went awry and the actor was shot in the head and spine. Hospitalized for several weeks, the one who admits to having thought about suicide during this difficult period still sometimes suffers from severe headaches today.
It’s well known: Jackie Chan performs most of his stunts himself. With the risk, inevitably, of being seriously injured. If, during his filmography, he broke his nose three times, dislocated his hip, broke his ankle and his spine was damaged, it was on the set of Mister Dynamite that the Asian actor was the most physically affected.
During a stunt that was to see him leap from a wall to land on a tree, Jackie Chan missed his target and banged his head against a rock. Operated in the wake, the actor got out of it but now lives with a hole in his skull and has lost part of his hearing in his left ear.
During the filming of the cult film The Exorcist, actress Ellen Burstyn was injured in the crucifix mutilation scene, in which her character had to be knocked to the ground. “I was fitted with a waist belt with a cable that came out at the back. And the stuntman was pulling on the cable.”, she recalls.
Director William Friedkin, concerned about realism, told the stuntman to pull hard on the famous cable. The result was a violent fall which seriously injured Ellen Burstyn in the tailbone. “You can see that I hurt my back very much. I screamed so loudly in pain”, says the actress, who still needs massage sessions to relieve her back today.
During a scene from Kill Bill: Volume 2, actress Uma Thurman lost control of her vehicle, which swerved from the road to crash violently into a tree. Such a shock that the American woman once thought she lost the use of her legs. Today, the one who posted video of the accident on social networks and who accuses production of not having been responsible still indicates pain in the neck and knees.
For his role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, actor Tom Hardy did a lot of physical work, including taking on fifteen kilos of muscles. An experience that left some scars.
“I think there is a price to pay for any drastic change. (…) I won’t go so far as to say that I have damaged my body, but let’s say that it is certainly a little more painful. I miss my old body a bit, “says Tom Hardy at the Daily Beast microphone. And the actor, with “joints that creak when they surely shouldn’t”, to conclude with humor: “Carrying my kids is a little harder than it used to be, but don’t tell them!”
Jared Leto was not injured during the filming of Chapter 27, but he inflicted a severe physical preparation by gaining nearly 30 kilos to play Mark Chapman, the assassin of John Lennon. It took him a year to regain a normal weight, but the actor says he has never been able to regain his original physical form since this experience.