By Emily Feimster
Ever dream of being a movie star? Sure you get free things, but it's not always as glamorous as it seems. In fact, in can be downright painful.Nowadays actors are going the extra mile to meet the demands of increasingly difficult stunts, even if it means getting hurt. Halle Berry
is definitely no stranger to accidents, on and off the movie set. The bumbling beauty damaged her eye while shooting an action sequence for the James Bond drama "Die Another Day." Her arm was broken while filming "Gothika" and she was recently taken to the hospital after smashing her head on lights during a night shoot for "Catwoman." She spent seven hours undergoing tests to make sure she hadn't done any lasting damage before she was allowed to go home. Whew, talk about bad luck!
Many of Hollywood's hottest hunks have had their fair share of bumps and bruises as well. Bad boy Russell Crowe seriously injured his shoulder while shooting "Gladiator" and then re-injured it while preparing to shoot director Jodie Foster's circus drama "Flora Plum." The pain was so extreme he had to pull out of the project, and "Flora" has never been made.
Just days ago his injury came back to haunt him on the set of the boxing movie "Cinderella Man" with Renee Zellweger. He now has to undergo surgery and physical therapy as a result. Insiders claim the movie set will be shut down for a month to allow the star to recover. We'll see.
tore his Achilles tendon during the production of "Troy," in which he plays, ironically, Achilles. The injury caused production of his next movie, "Ocean's Twelve," to be pushed back to April.
During the filming for "Lord of the Rings," Orlando Bloom fell off his horse and broke one of his ribs. Co-star Viggo Mortensen got a little too much into character as well. He broke a tooth while filming a fight sequence for "The Two Towers" and broke two toes in a scene where he kicks a helmet.
Even the subdued Englishman Jude Law broke a rib after falling backwards while filming the murder scene on a boat in the movie "The Talented Mr. Ripley."
At least they can all afford good health insurance.
Sadly, there have even been instances in which film teams trying to create movie magic have wound up witnessing the worst possible outcome - with accidents actually claiming the lives of actors. The late, legendary actor and martial art expert Bruce Lee's son, Brandon Lee, was a star on the rise when he was killed in an on-set mishap. While filming a scene in "The Crow," in which he gets shot repetitively, the cap of a blank accidentally got lodged in his spine after penetrating his abdomen. The doctors worked desperately for five hours to save him, but it was no use.
None can forget the most infamous of on set movie deaths from the "Twilight Zone Movie" in which a helicopter accident killed actor Vic Morrow and two child actors. The scene called for Morrow to grab both children and carry them across a pond while an actual fully-operating helicopter blazed over their heads. Director John Landis told the pilot to swoop in closer to the ground. However, the pilot got too close while at the same time the special effects crew ignited an explosion. The blades heated up and caused the helicopter to go out of control. The blades, going 500 miles per hour, killed all three actors instantly.
While the dangerous demands of fight, fall, and explosion-packed action movies are well-known, don't think that these accidents take place only in such flicks.
Funnyman Ben Stiller needed a rabies shot after being bitten by a ferret on the set of the comedy "Along Came Polly" with Jennifer Aniston. He was holding the ferret in a final scene when the creature decided to give him a nasty bite.
"Their teeth are sharp, like razors," said Stiller. "It was a horrible experience."
It's no surprise that slapstick comedian and martial arts man Jackie Chan has been to the hospital on more than one occasion. During the course of his Hong Kong and Hollywood career, Chan has broken his nose three times, his ankle once, most of the fingers in his hand, both cheekbones, and his skull. He even has a permanent hole in his head from a stunt accident. The Peking Opera-trained Chan may be the only movie star who is truly entitled to claim that he does all his own stunts.