Whether we realize it or not, acting can be kind of a dangerous job. Some performers will put themselves through hell all for the benefit of their character. Even with everyone’s best intentions, things go wrong and bones get broken. Somehow, these actors pulled off awesome performances in spite of the pain. Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Most Dangerous Movie Scenes Of All Time.
The Wizard of Oz
The 1939 cinematic marvel The Wizard of Oz is as beloved today as it was back then. Even though the movie is relentlessly optimistic, the production was troubled right from the start. Effects makeup was in its infancy at the time, and was the downfall of a few actors. All sorts of ingredients would be mixed together to achieve the desired look. . And though something bad seemed to happen to everyone, Margaret Hamilton got it the worst. During a spectacular fiery exit, the copper in the makeup she was wearing as the Wicked Witch of the West badly burned her face and hands. She was even hospitalized because of it.
Over the course of his career, Leonardo DiCaprio has cemented his reputation as a serious actor. He’s a bankable Hollywood commodity and he’s been in some of the best films of the past decade. While his roles have been varied, his turn as Calvin Candie in Django Unchained was the first time the experienced actor got to be the bad guy. And ohhhhh what a bad guy he was. DiCaprio got so deep into the character that when he sliced his hand open on a broken glass during a rant, he didn’t even notice. Obviously that’s the take Tarantino chose to be in the final cut.
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Of all the minor day-to-day injuries we could sustain, stubbing one’s toe always seems extra painful. Especially when you’re trying to look badass in front of your friends. When Viggo Mortensen reprised his role as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, he took the injury to a whole new level. The actor broke two of his toes in one scene after kicking a helmet. And falls to the ground in pain. Given that helmets are designed to take a blow, we can’t say we’re surprised. Since there’s nothing like the real thing, that take was the one included in the movie.
The 40 Year Old Virgin
The 40 Year Old Virgin is loaded with memorable scenes and embarrassing situations. Having sex for the first time is awkward in real life, but watching a full-grown adult man try to figure it out is almost harder. Given that the writers are Judd Apatow and Steve Carell, we know that’s exactly what they wanted. In an effort to be more appealing to the ladies, Carell’s character goes for a wax. And if the actor looks like he’s genuinely in pain, it’s because he definitely is. Carell wanted the scene and his reaction to feel authentic, so his hair got ripped out for real.
Now You See Me
Audiences love a good underwater trick. But because of their environment, safety crews sometimes have a difficult time figuring out where the acting ends and real distress begins. During the filming of her scene in the opening montage of Now You See Me, actress Isla Fisher nearly drowned after getting caught up in her submerged chains. Since that’s also what’s happening to her character at the time, people on set have admitted to not knowing if Fisher needed assistance for real. If you want something done right you have to do it yourself, and the actress was able to untangle her own chains before the situation turned fatal.