12 Movies With The Most Shocking On Set Injuries
Filmmaking can be dangerous, especially when you take a commercially artistic process and you start adding stunts, vehicle choreography, fighting, explosions, aerial shots, and the list goes on…someone is bound to get hurt. People have been making movies for just over 100 years. In that time period, well over 100 people have been injured and some even killed on set. Some of the movies on this list will come as no surprise, as the general idea of the film was dangerous from the get-go. Here are 12 movies marked with near misses, injuries and tragic deaths.
12. Citizen Kane (1941)
Widely considered the greatest film ever made by so many pundits, apologists, filmmakers and historians, Citizen Kane changed the way films were made. The story holds up well to this day, and it offers that wonderful, first taste of a disjointed timeline leading to a very satisfying culmination. The definitive plant and payoff. As one might imagine, the stress on Orson Welles during the making of the film was immense. He wrote it, starred in it and also directed it. He thrust himself so heavily into the role that he kept hurting himself during production. At one point, he tripped and fell down a flight of stairs, chipping a piece of bone in his ankle joint, forcing him into a wheelchair for two weeks. He also severely injured his hand during a scene when he turns a room upside down.
11. The Cannonball Run (1981)
When a film is about a car race across the country, it has the potential for something to go wrong. In the 1981 film, a young, beautiful stunt-woman and aspiring actress, Heidi Von Beltz, was thrown out of the windshield of a car in the Nevada desert while filming a scene. She was doubling for actress, Farrah Fawcett. The vehicle was mangled and Heidi was pulled from the wreckage barely clinging to life. Her injuries were so severe she never again regained used of her body from the chin down. Her cervical spine was crushed. Heidi had been a champion skier and was only 24 years old. It was her first professional stunt job. She’s still living and authored a book entitled, My Soul Purpose. Heidi has lived a life full of tragedy since her accident, but continues to remain positive in living life.