10 Tragedies During Film Shooting
Films we see on screen, providing us entertainment, require a lot of effort off screen. At times many accidents, disasters and tragedies take place behind the scenes and people lose their precious lives while making movies. Here are some of the accidents, disasters and tragedies that took place during the filming of famous films.
10. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (2010): Set Caught Fire
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows
A fire broke out at the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in Leavesden Studios, Hertfordshire on 19 March 2010 . The set caught fire when a second unit was filming part of a back lot battle scene that required a lot of fire and explosive special effects. Somehow the fire got out of control and burnt the entire courtyard set. Warner Brothers had a loss of around 100,000 UK pounds (about $151,000). Firefighters had to fight the fire for 40 minutes before it came under control. Fortunately no one was injured or hurt.
9. The Invasion (2007) : Nicole Kidman Had a Car Accident
She was shooting for her film, The Invasion in Los Angeles when she had a car accident. She was behind the wheel of a Jaguar when the car got out of control and hit a lamp post at 1 am on the 25 January, 2007. Eight members of the crew, including Nicole, 5 stuntmen and 2 cameramen were involved in the crash. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt. She resumed the shooting after a small visit to the hospital. Stuntmen and cameramen had minor injuries.
8. Gladiator (2000): Russell Crowe Had an Injury
Russell Crowe won the academy award for the best actor category in 2001 for his famous movie Gladiator. He had many accidents during the movie shooting. His horse startled while shooting a scene and backed him into some tree branches. He got stitches in his face. During another scene, he dislocated his shoulder and broke multiple bones, including bones in his foot and hip. He also injured his bicep.
7. The Wizard of Oz (1939): Margaret Hamilton Got Serious Burns
The wizard of Oz (1939) is a classic film in which Actress Margaret Hamilton was seriously burnt. She had a second degree burn on her face and a third degree burn on her hand. The trap door’s drop was delayed and she got serious burns. She was taken to the hospital immediately and took 6 weeks to recover. She refused to do any scene involving fire for the rest of the filming. Her stunt double was also injured twice during the shooting.
6. The Return of the Musketeers (1988): Roy Kinnear Died
Roy Kinnear was a British comedian and actor. He fell from a horse on 19 September 1988, during the filming of The Return of the Musketeers in Toledo, Spain. He sustained a broken pelvis and was taken to a hospital in Madrid. Kinnear died from a heart attack the next day at the age of 54. His death had such a deep impact on the film’s director, Richard Lester that he quit his career. In 1994, a foundation for the physical and mental health of the disabled was founded on his name.
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