The Outside World These Are the Most Dangerous Movie Scenes In Hollywood History Published 6 months ago on Aug 9, 2018 By Eric Sumner Treacherous stunts and dangerous scenes can translate into high ticket sales in Hollywood, but they can also have a higher price. Still, many filmmakers, actors and stuntmen believe that these high-risk maneuvers are worth the risk to increase the final production value. Despite extensive training and controlled conditions, there still remains a huge risk factor when real people perform these daring takes. You won’t believe which iconic sequences from some of the most beloved films have gone done in history as the most dangerous movie scenes in showbiz history. Read on for the scoop on the lights, camera and all the action! 1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout Perhaps one of Hollywood’s most daring stars, Tom Cruise is known for doing most of his own stunts and participating in dangerous movie scenes. This has held particularly true in his popular Mission Impossible film franchise. As the invincible Ethan Hunt, we’ve seen Cruise dangling from the sides of mountains, helicopters and planes, along with scaling the precariously high Burj Khalifa and racing motorcycles at death-defying speeds. IndieWire For Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the sixth installment of the series, Cruise was filming a rooftop chase scene in London alongside co-star Henry Cavill when a jump stunt between two building went wrong and Cruise ended up falling short, smashing his foot against a wall and breaking his ankle. Filming was subsequently wrapped for months, as was the actor’s leg. 2. Titanic James Cameron’s 1997 smash hit Titanic has gone down as one of the biggest successes in cinema history. However, to produce the iconic film about the legendary sinking ocean liner, several actors – including leading lady Kate Winslet – were prone to several afflictions that the real victims aboard Titanic likely suffered. Popsugar After filming her various water scenes dressed in a flowy gown without the added insulation of a wet suit underneath, Winslet came down with a potentially life-threatening bout of hypothermia. Not only that, but she almost drowned when her coat snagged on a gate and she was pulled under water while filming a scene inside the sinking ship. 3. Mad Max: Fury Road Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller has described the making of the 2015 movie essentially as a “military exercise.” The dusty, post-apocalyptic flick featured a myriad of perilous stunts that were shot with real people using real vehicles in a real desert, so the cast’s safety was of Miller’s top concerns. Syfy Charlize Theron was still recovering for a previous injury from Aeon Flux when in her role as warrior heroine Imperator Furiosa she was subject to another stunt gone awry. When holding onto fellow star Tom Hardy as he hung upside down, a cable slipped and the two went tumbling. The two suffered some bumps and bruises, but were back at work in no time. 4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The stunts in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were incredibly dangerous, and Michelle Yeoh almost made it through shooting unscathed. The operative word, though, is ‘almost.’ In a film with as many fighting scenes as this one, though, she still deserves some credit. The Action Elite At one point during filming, Yeoh landed wrong and damaged her knee. She still tried to continue the scene, furthering her injury. She ended up needing surgery for a torn ACL. For those of you who aren’t athletes, that’s a torn anterior cruciate ligament. 5. The Wizard Of Oz The beloved 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz doesn’t necessarily scream danger when it comes it mind. However, this throwback favorite actually had its fair share of on-set injuries. And unfortunately, no amount of enchantment could shield the Wicked Witch of the West actress Margaret Hamilton from harm’s way. Pinterest Hamilton’s character was supposed to suddenly vanish in an ominously fiery exit from her first appearance in Munchkinland. In order to carry out the illusion, Hamilton was to fall through a trapdoor. However, the set piece malfunctioned, leaving her dangerously close to a pyrotechnic device. She was left badly burned, yet bravely returned to set after six weeks in the hospital. Thought these dangerous movie scenes were exciting, then read on for more! 6. Now You See Me Isla Fisher nearly drowned during filming of what was arguably the most dangerous scene in the 2013 movie Now You See Me. The sequence called for her to be chained and submerged in a tank of water as part of a magic trick in the film about modern-day Robin Hood illusionists. SheKnows Of course, as part of her performance she was supposed to act like she was struggling before she pulled off the stunt and freed herself in the nick of time. Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch she actually WAS trapped underwater. Only after about three minutes did the crew realize her horrified screams weren’t just acting. The inadvertently dangerous take made the final cut and it’ll take your breath away – literally. 7. Ben-Hur The thrilling, nine-minute chariot race sequence in the 1959 Charlton Heston classic Ben-Hur is arguably one of the most recognizable scenes in Hollywood history. But did you know that it was also one of the most dangerous movie scenes to make? Classical MPR While filming the Biblical-era blockbuster, one stuntman was thrown from his carriage after it hit a bump and flipped over. Luckily, he managed to scramble back into it and just nearly missed being trampled by the oncoming blitz of horses and carts. Incredibly, he escaped the incident with only a scraped up chin. 8. Salt We already knew that actress, filmmaker, humanitarian and mother of SIX Angelina Jolie was fierce, but the fact that the Academy Award-winning star has done the majority of her own stunts throughout her career puts her on a whole other level. In fact, Jolie did extensive training and didn’t use a stunt double at all in the 2010 spy thriller Salt. Stardust In perhaps the most dangerous sequence of the movie, Jolie’s character Evelyn Salt is seen leaping from a bridge onto a speeding tanker before jumping onto two more moving trucks, until ultimately hopping on a motorcycle and speeding away. Now get this – Jolie did it all herself! “It seems crazy, but it’s true,” said stunt coordinator Simon Crane. 9. The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman reinvention of The Dark Knight is one of the most celebrated superhero movies of the last decade. One of the most memorable scenes in the action-packed flick starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger was also one of the most dangerous to shoot. Pinterest The jaw-dropping scene in which the semi-truck driven by Joker flips smack dab in the middle of a dark Gotham street was no illusion of GCI or remote control. Actual stuntman, Jim Wilkey, was in fact behind the wheel of the big rig the whole time. Amazingly, he walked away perfectly fine. 10. Raiders Of The Lost Ark While the iconic boulder scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark was filmed using a fiberglass prop, not all of the high action scenes in the first installment of the legendary Indiana Jones franchise were illusions. Harrison Ford’s body double risked his life for another famous scene. Pinterest Stuntman Terry Leonard was inches away from danger while he performed the scene in which Indiana Jones is not only dragged behind, but also pulls himself under a rumbling 10-wheeled truck. A ditch was excavated along the stunt route, but the slightest wrong move could have ended in disaster. Thought this was crazy, wait until you see what’s next! 11. Speed Keanu Reeves is another A-list Hollywood actor who is known for having a hankering for doing his own stunts. Years before his gravity-defying performance in The Matrix, Reeves debuted his daring maneuvers by doing almost all his own stunts in the 1994 action-thriller Speed. Dailymotion Reeves trained in secret so that he could pull of the heroic scene in which he makes a mid-freeway jump from a moving car onto the bomb-rigged bus. The stunt caused much stress for director Jan de Bont, especially because the bus was actually moving at a rapid 50 mph. 12. GoldenEye James Bond is known as the world’s most suave and daring secret agent, performing death-defying feats of physical aptitude often while dressed in a three-piece suit. While there’s no lack of impressive and dangerous stunt scenes in the James Bond franchise, the opening sequence in GoldenEye stands out. James Bond Museum In Pierce Brosnan’s debut film as 007, his stuntman Wayne Michael actually performed the grand bungee jump off Switzerland’s 720-foot-tall Contra Dam in the first scene of the 1995 flick. Michael was prone to so many G-forces during the leap that he briefly lost consciousness during the stunt. Luckily, he came to in time to complete the shot. 13. First Blood Sylvester Stallone has become synonymous with Rambo thanks to the likewise named film series that started with the 1981 flick First Blood. During filming of the first installment of the Rambo franchise, the ever-tough Stallone had to endure several dangerous scenes. Pinterest After filming three takes of the scene in which Rambo jumps off a cliff and uses a tree to break the fall, he ended up breaking three ribs. Let’s just say that when Rambo screams from pain upon landing, he wasn’t just acting. Talk about workplace hazards! 14. Point Break The 2015 remake of the 1991 cult classic Point Break was a box office flop, but that didn’t discount it from landing on this list of the most dangerous movie scenes in Hollywood history. For one of the movie’s biggest adrenaline rushes, four wingsuit pilots were filmed doing a daredevil glide through a scenic, but narrow Swiss canyon valley. USA Today This was no easy free fall, however, as wingsuit flying is one of the most dangerous extreme sports in practice. The team of divers had to dodge perilous jutting crags and numerous other obstacles in canyon, not to mention each other before sticking a safe landing. 15. Police Story No list of incredibly dangerous movies scenes would be complete without mention of martial arts master and venerable action movie icon Jackie Chan. The Hong Kong native prides himself on doing all his own stunts, with one of his most memorable – and dangerous – appearing in the 1985 cop thriller Police Story. enews Amid one of his signature fight scenes, Chan leaps from the top floor inside a shopping mall and slides down a 70-foot-long pole covered in decorative light bulbs. In his attempt to escape the bad guys, he ends up smashing through a pane of glass before smashing through a kiosk. Chan ended up with several serious injuries, but obviously that didn’t stop him and he was at it again for the 1998 legend Rush Hour. Continue reading for even more incredible dangerous movie scenes. 16. The Exorcist For decades, The Exorcist has been regarded as one of the most terrifying movies ever made. Not only that, but it’s forever changed our perspective on pea soup. What it doesn’t necessarily bring to mind is dangerous stunt scenes. However, it did have one particularly high-risk sequence – and it’s probably not what you think. Amazon UK Along with her terrifying head-spinning and tongue-speaking, the possessed Regan slaps her mother, sending her flying across the room. Ellen Burstyn, who played the concerned mother, was tethered to a cable that would facilitate the superhuman effect. However, it resulted in the unforeseen real-life horror of pulling her so hard it broke her tailbone. What’s even more terrifying is that the take made the final cut. 17. Waterworld Not only did the fictional characters in the 1995 cult classic Waterworld face impending danger, but so too did the star of the production, Kevin Costner. Various water craft were used in the filming of the movie about a post-apocalyptic future in which communities are built on the ocean’s surface. Pikabu At one point during shooting, Costner was tied to the top of a boat when a storm suddenly broke out. The squall brought with it waves and wind that pummeled the trapped Costner. His horrified crew wasn’t able to save him as he endured the near-fatal thrashing for about half an hour. 18. Steamboat Bill Jr. The 1928 silent comedy Steamboat Bill Jr. may not be an instantly recognizable title these days, but you’re more than likely familiar with one of its most dangerous scenes that went on to become an iconic film moment of the black-and-white era. Friday Night Boys Not only did Buster Keaton star, co-direct, and co-write the film, but he also performed the risky falling house sequence. In the now-famous, death-defying scene that has inspired many remakes, the entire front of a house falls around Keaton who avoids being crushed by strategically standing in the path of a blown-out window. 19. The Lone Ranger Although you might have thought that Johnny Depp would have been most prone to dangerous takes on the set of Edward Scissorhands or A Nightmare on Elm Street, it was actually while filming the 2013 Disney movie The Lone Ranger that required him to act in one of the most dangerous movie scenes of his life. Variety Instead of letting his stuntman perform a particular scene that required horseback riding at speeds, Depp opted to do it himself. While horseback riding is a popular pastime it is also a dangerous activity. Depp learned that the hard way when he was thrown from the galloping animal and then almost trampled. 20. The Passion Of The Christ Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ was a fascinating take on the life of the Son of God that took Hollywood by storm. The actor who played Jesus, Jim Caviezel, went through some pretty severe torture while he was filming. That’s right, torture. FilmAffinity Caviezel was whipped twice on purpose by a member of the crew – by a real whip – which left a 14-inch scar on his back. He dislocated his shoulder while carrying the 150-pound cross in the movie, caught hypothermia, and was actually struck by lightning during filming. One wonders whether all that was worth it, but sheesh, that’s one dedicated actor. Ready for more insanely dangerous movie scenes? Then read on for more! 21. Casino Royale When Daniel Craig joined the roster of actors who have portrayed James Bond, he took pop culture’s most recognizable spy character to a whole new level. Along with a edgier gravitas, Craig’s performance was made all-the-more believable in that he spent laborious hours training in order to do most of the stunt work himself. BuzzFeed The opening chase sequence of his Bond breakout in Casino Royale was not only one of his most memorable scenes, but also one of the most daunting. The scene took three weeks to shoot and Craig performed most of the stunts himself except one that he left to the stuntmen: the dramatic jump between two cranes. 22. Kill Bill Like its name suggests, Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill is a violent film. And which Tarantino film isn’t? Kill Bill was also tough to shoot, and Uma Thurman, the star of the film, came forward in May 2018 to discuss how she was injured on set. Houston Chronicle After making the case that she wasn’t fit to perform a dangerous driving stunt, Thurman was forced to play in the scene anyway. Turns out she was right. She ended up crashing the car into a tree so hard she was afraid she’d never walk again. Fortunately, though, she did. 23. Premium Rush Being a bike messenger in New York City is an incredibly risky job. So risky that even playing the role can be just as dangerous. Joseph Gordon Levitt found that out in Premium Rush, when he took on the role and performed the stunts himself. Amazon.com The said stunts involved him riding through heavy traffic at high speeds, sometimes even going over 30 mph. When a taxi drove over safety cones one day, he flew through the rear windshield. The terrifying accident could have killed him, but he amazingly walked away with 31 stitches in his arm. 24. Roar No animals were hurt in the making of the 1981 film Roar. But 70 people were! The production that has been dubbed “the most dangerous movie ever made” was created by Hitchcock muse Tippi Hedren and her then-husband, Exorcist producer Noel Marshall. Business Insider The couple cast their Hollywood family, including Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith, in the ill-fated 11-year project for which they brought more than 100 exotic cats of prey to their California ranch. The cast put their lives at risk for nearly every scene and, inevitably, there were more than a few scratches as the stars and filmmakers endured dozens of animal attacks. That’s showbiz? 25. Cast Away Tom Hanks is one of Hollywood’s most talented actors – really, he can do anything. Including almost die on set. It’s no secret that filming Cast Away wasn’t easy, as Hanks took on a 50-pound weight loss as part of his role, but the most dangerous moment is terrifying. Vulture After being cut on the knee, Hanks developed a staph infection that could have killed him. The bacterial infection can be deadly if left untreated. Luckily, though, Hanks eventually stopped ignoring the problem and got it taken care of. Read on for more exhilarating dangerous movie scenes. 26. This Is The End Directed by Seth Rogen, he and his friends play themselves in what is basically the Judeo-Christian apocalypse in this 2013 film. Of course, complete with Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and James Franco, Rogen’s good buddies, this was a glorious comedy without too much real action. TV Guide There was one scene, however, in which Michael Cera was placed in some degree of danger. At the time (and mostly to this day), Cera’s reputation in Hollywood was that of an overly nice person. In Rogen’s movie, he plays a complete douchebag who gets slapped by Rihanna for groping her. The slap was real, and hurt enough that Cera was left dizzy. 27. The Evil Dead 1982 indie horror film The Evil Dead has become the stuff of horror fan legend, especially since the Ash Vs. Evil Dead series came out. The comedy-horror movie follows Ash, a department store worker, and his struggles against evil zombie-like creatures. Actors underwent grueling conditions on camera. Writeups.org But the most dangerous ordeal was left for director Sam Raimi. In the second half of the movie, Ash is alone with a shotgun in battle against the dead. He hears something outside and fires out the window and toward the camera, right where Raimi was standing. Phew! 28. Whiplash J.K. Simmons’ adaptation of bullying into an art form with his exceptional portrayal of jazz teacher Fletcher in Whiplash was praised by fans and voted no. 45 on the list of 250 best movies of all time on IMDb. The Academy Award-winning Whiplash follows the story of the jazz teacher and his driven student, played by Miles Teller. Digital Spy In one scene, Teller’s character, Andrew, finally snaps under incredible pressure and runs up to tackle his teacher. Simmons didn’t wear pads and paid the price for it. Teller hit him so hard that he broke two of his ribs. That, right there, is commitment. 29. The Princess Bride Some actors go considerable lengths to prove their devotion to the role, and that sometimes includes continuing a scene despite being in considerable pain. In this classic 1987 fantasy, Cary Elwes took this sentiment to another level. In one scene, Westley, played by Elwes, and Buttercup (Robin Wright) are attacked by a group of soldiers that intend to force Buttercup into marrying their leader. GreekTyrant The scene ends with Christopher Guest’s character bashing Westley on the head with the butt of his sword. Not only was the hit real, but Elwes insisted that Guest hit him for real. He ended up in the hospital. Whoops! 30. True Lies Most people would opt for a relaxing day at the spa on their birthday. Jamie Lee Curtis, however, elected to dangle out of the side of a helicopter on her 36th birthday during the filming of the 1994 spy thriller True Lies. Brothers Ink Productions Director James Cameron reportedly suggested Curtis perform the stunt in the now-iconic scene herself. The actress was not initially up for the risky maneuver, sarcastically asking Cameron where he’d be during the whole thing. “Hanging out the door filming you with a hand-held camera,” was his answer. The rest is history. 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