On-Set Stitches: 15 Movies That Almost Killed Their Stars

Although there are obviously glamorous parts, being a movie star has some serious job hazards. You can get burned, drowned, stabbed, strangled, hanged, or just straight up get the crap kicked out of you. But it’s all in a day’s work! Read on to see 15 movies that almost (accidentally) killed their stars. These celebs are tougher than you think! Thank god for insurance…

15. George Clooney Breaks His Back In Syriana (2005)

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When a back-firing stunt led to a serious back and spine injury for Clooney, the pain was so bad that he apparently considered taking his own life. “I was at a point where I thought, ’I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live,'” he told Rolling Stone in 2011. “I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ’I may have to do something drastic about this. You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, and start the engine.” Obviously it breaks our heart to hear the superstar say such things, but luckily his injury was cleared up after some spinal surgery. Hopefully the Oscar he won for the role helped smooth things over.


14. Quentin Tarantino Wrings Diane Kruger’s Neck For Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The Big Q is a guy who likes to do things his way, and he decided that the best way to film a scene where beautiful allied spy Bridget von Hammersmark gets strangled by a Nazi was to….strangle her for real. He didn’t want to trust anyone else to do the job, so he threw on a Nazi costume, hopped on top of her, and did the job himself! “What I said to her was, ’I’m gonna just strangle you, alright?'” he revealed during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show. “’Full on. I’m gonna cut off your air, for just a little bit of time. We’re gonna see the reaction in your face and I’m gonna we’ll cut.'” He promised they would only do one take, but we guess that was one take too many -Kruger actually passed out from the experience! And that was the shot used in the final film. For bonus points, Tarantino also almost burned actors Eli Roth and Omar Doom to death in a controlled burn gone awry!


13. Michael J. Fox Hangs Out in Back To The Future 3 (1990)

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