Talented performers, who take their role very seriously, had even dare to dump stunts for dangerous scenes.
It´s not like they planned on almost dying during these scenes; stunts, action or extremely dangerous requiring special preparation and a lot of coordination, almost finished with a tragic end. Here are some actors who were about to die on the film set.
Michael J. Fox
Michael Andrew Fox, (born June 9, 1961), known as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and activist. With a film and television career spanning from the 1970s, Fox's roles included his famous characterization of Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990).
Almost died hanged in Back to the Future 3
Source: Movie: Back to the Future 3
During one of the scenes of Back to the Future 3, the actor was pretending to hang himself, apparently practiced the scene standing on a box, but the effect was not as expected, so he decided to jump and hold 30 seconds hung to the point that he lost consciousness and was completely unconscious.
Tom Cruise (born as Thomas Cruise Mapother IV; July 3, 1962) is an American actor and filmmaker. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. Cruise became a full-fledged movie star after starring as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in the action drama Top Gun (1986).
Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow
Source: Movie: Edge of Tomorrow
This time, Emily Blunt nearly ended his life while driving a vehicle in which Tom Cruise was the co-pilot, when she tried to make a drift and the car went too fast crashing into a tree.
Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her film debut in North (1994). She shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She has portrayed the Marvel Comics character Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A car dragged her on the asphalt
Source: : Movie: Lucy
The actress had quite a bad time during one of the scenes of Lucy, her backpack stuck in the door of the vehicle when she was trying to run away, the car dragged her on the driveway. Johansson’s started screaming until the driver heard and stopped the car.
Jackie Chan (born Chan Kong-sang, 7 April, 1954) is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself. Chan has been training in Kung fu and Wing Chun. He has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.
A bad jump almost took his life
Source: Movie: Supercop
While filming one of the fights for Supercop, Jackie Chan jumped on a metal pole and slid down while several lightbulbs exploded around him. The actor ended up with two broken vertebras, a dislocated pelvis and burned hands.
Source: : variety.com
Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946), is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He was one of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s to the 1990s; Sylvester Stallone is an action hero icon. He has played two famous movie characters: Rocky Balboa, the boxer who overcame challenges to fight for love and glory, and John Rambo, a brave soldier who did violent missions.
A hard punch sent him to the hospital
Source: Movie: Rocky
In one scene, Stallone asked his companion Lundgren, to hit him as hard as possible to bring him down, something his heart couldn’t stand. The actor ended up in the hospital and was in intensive care for eight days.
Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African actress, producer and fashion model. She has starred in several Hollywood films, such as The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Italian Job (2003), Hancock (2008), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
Almost broke her neck
Source: : Movie: Aeon Flux
Theron had a serious accident when she did a bad backflip and almost to break her neck. The actress had to be rushed to the hospital. The recording of the film Aeon Flux was paralyzed for two months due the accident.
Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Cited in the media as the "best actress of her generation” Streep is particularly known for her chameleonic approach to her roles, transformation into the characters she plays, and her perfection of accents.
Almost an accident
Source: Movie: Into the Woods
Successful actress Meryl Streep almost had an accident while filming the musical Into the Woods. In a scene where she had to jump on a table, her shoe was hooked on Meryl’s dress. The actress was about to fall back, but thanks to the fast intervention of Emily Blunt, the event was only a scare. She got lucky!
Isla Lang Fisher (born 3 February 1976) is an Australian actress. She appeared on the children's adventure series Bay Cove and the short-lived soap opera Paradise Beach, before playing Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away. She has since been known for her comedic roles in Scooby-Doo (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), Hot Rod (2007), Definitely, Maybe (2008), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Rango (2011), Bachelorette (2012), and Arrested Development (2013).
She was about to drown
Source: Movie: Now you see me
In a scene from "Now you see me," she plays a glamorous escapologist in which starts with dramatic shots of her freeing herself from shackles while submerged in a tank of water. The scene demanded her to bang desperately on the glass walls to give the impression of being in distress, but when her chains became entangled, she started to panic for real. People believed she was acting too well, but she wasn’t acting and was nearly drowning.
Margaret Brainard Hamilton (December 9, 1902 – May 16, 1985) was an American film character actress best known for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's classic film The Wizard of Oz (1939).
She had second and third degree burns
Source: Movie: The Wizard of OZ
This time, it was Hamilton who was very unlucky. In the Wizard of Oz, the actress played an evil witch who used to disappear in clouds of smoke throughout the film, however, she failed to escape through the false door and sparks from the explosion burned her wardrobe due contact with her makeup. The actress was hospitalized for burns in second and third degree.
Jason Statham (born 26 July 1967) is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), and Revolver (2005). He has also appeared in films such as the action thriller The Transporter trilogy (2002–08). In 2015, Statham starred in the latest entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise, Furious 7, and played a comedic role in the Melissa McCarthy film, Spy. He usually performs his own stage combat and stunts, and is noted for being typecast as an antihero.
Source: Truck’s brakes fail
Source: Movie: The Expendables 3
The action star was lucky to survive after the car he was driving in a scene for The Expendables 3 crashed into the Black Sea. He was test-driving a three-ton truck and the brakes run out. The car sank almost 20 meters before Statham managed to escape. Luckily they had taken the doors off before and Jason could jump to survive.