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10 Famous Movie Scenes That Nearly Killed the Actor

5. Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen was nearly killed on the set of a movie.
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For Apocalypse Now, the cast and crew spent their time filming in the Philippines fighting off bad weather and malaria. And not only that, but almost everyone involved with the movie contracted dysentery, the flu, pneumonia and/or numerous physical injuries. While filming, Sheen was also drinking a lot and taking a lot of drugs. These factors, plus the physical environment, caused him to have a heart attack on set. He had to crawl half a mile to get medical attention and took a month off shooting.

4. Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger was nearly killed on set.
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Kruger had been a long admirer of director Quentin Tarantino’s work and was excited to work with him on the movie Inglourious Basterds. In the film, there is a scene where her character is strangled. Tarantino decided that fake strangulation doesn’t look real enough, and that Kruger should be strangled for real, and that Tarantino would be the one to do it. There was a stuntman watching to make sure everything was okay, but her air supply was cut off to film the scene.

3. Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet was nearly killed on the set of a film.
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While filming Titanic, Kate Winslet had to run away from a lot of water. There is one scene where she and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio had to run through a narrow hallway while water crashed over them, sweeping them into a locked gate. During the take though, Winslet’s coat got stuck and she couldn’t come up for air. Once she’d recovered, director James Cameron let her catch her breath and then they went right into filming the scene again, although Winslet was reportedly traumatised by her almost-drowning.

2. Jim Caviezel

Jim Caviezel was nearly killed on the set of his movie.

In Mel Gibson’s 2004 Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel plays Jesus Christ. While filming the scene where Jesus gives the Sermon on the Mount, Caviezel was hit by a lightning bolt. People on set say that his whole body was illuminated, and fire was coming out of both sides of his head.

Many of the cast and crew were shocked by the incident and couldn’t help but feel that it was significant in some way. Caviezel claims that several people had their beliefs tested while making the film. I mean, seeing a man dressed as Jesus get hit by lightning, flames coming out of his head, is enough to make anyone rethink their beliefs.

1. Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks was nearly killed on the set of a film.
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Tom Hanks put his body through a lot of strain during the filming of Cast Away, where he plays a man who has been stranded on an island after a plane crash. Hanks gained and lost over 20 kilos rapidly so that his body would look as haggard as if he had really been stranded. At one point, he cut his leg on the set. His whole leg started to swell and finally after two weeks, he went to the hospital where he was told he had a deadly staph infection and that he was lucky to come in when he did.

So there’s our list of actors who were nearly killed on the set of movies. Did this listicle raise your eyebrows? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.

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