Think workplace safety concerns only impact employees in traditional industries? Think again. Even well-known Hollywood stars can be impacted by a lack of due diligence in their workplaces.
Here are some of the celebrities who have been involved in a serious workplace accident:
Tragic end for Bruce Lee's son Brandon on set of "The Crow"
Brandon Lee’s film career was on the rise when he was cast as the lead in the film “The Crow.” The 28-year-old Lee died of a fatal gunshot wound due to an on-set mishap on March 31, 1993. Weeks prior to filming a scene in which Lee’s character was to be shot repeatedly, another scene had been filmed that showed bullets being loaded into the handgun. Rather than using dummy rounds, inexperienced crew members used real ammunition. Although they removed the real bullets and gun powder, a bullet had inadvertently become lodged in the barrel. Later while filming the fateful scene, the explosive charge of the blank propelled the lodged bullet as if the gun had been loaded with a live round, resulting in the fatal accident. Five hours of surgery were not able to save the young actor. Producers eventually decided to complete the film and release it in 1994. (Source: Wikipedia.org)
Accident on set of "Twilight Zone" movie leads to Three Deaths
One of the most infamous Hollywood tragedies occurred during the making of the 1982 theatrical film version of the classic “Twilight Zone” series.
One of the movie segments had actor Vic Morrow’s character travel back in time to the Vietnam War where he discovers two young Vietnamese children left behind when a U.S. helicopter appears to be shooting at them. Morrow was to take both children under his arms and escape out of the village as the hovering helicopter destroyed the village with multiple explosions.
The helicopter pilot had trouble navigating through the fireballs created by pyrotechnic effects for the sequence. The explosions caused the low-flying helicopter to spin out of control and crash land on top of Morrow and the two children as they were crossing a small pond away from the village mock-up. Morrow (aged 53), Myca Dinh Le (aged 7) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (aged 6) were killed instantly.
Not so "good" for Kristin Chenoweth on set of "The Good Wife"
Kristin Chenoweth, the petite star of Broadway’s "Wicked" and TV’s "Glee" was seriously injured on the set of "The Good Wife" on July 11, 2012 when a gust of wind caused lighting equipment to hit her in the face and knock her to the pavement during an outdoor shoot. She hit her head on the concrete curb and was knocked unconscious. The actress has recovered but later shared that she has "a skull fracture and a rib issue and a hip issue."
The accident caused the show to cut short her character’s extended arc and create alternate plots for the season. (Source: People.com)
A thoroughly "un-sexy" injury for People's "Sexiest Man Alive"
During filming a scene for the 2011 film “The Eagle” which required its actors to wade into freezing water in a wet suit, Channing Tatum suffered severe burns to his most private parts.
Attempting to keep the actors warm, crew members were pouring a mix of boiling water and the river water down the actors’ suits. Unfortunately, a crew member had forgotten to dilute the kettle water meant for Tatum and poured scalding hot water down on his suit.
He was rushed to the hospital, put on morphine, and eventually healed. Considering that People’s Sexiest Man and his wife are now expecting their first child, we assume all is well in the Tatum household. (Source: Huffington Post)
Ironic injury for "Troy" star Brad Pitt
While filming the 2004 film “Troy,” actor Brad Pitt (who was playing the character of Achilles) tore his Achilles tendon when he landed the wrong way during a fight scene.
The injury delayed filming for three months and also impacted the start of Pitt’s next film, Ocean’s Eleven. (Source: omg-facts.com)
Does Clooney think Oscar-winning role was worthy it?
Movie star George Clooney won his first Academy Award for his role in 2005’s Syriana, however a mishap during the filming a torture scene in the movie caused the actor to suffer a severe back injury.
The pain was so intense that Clooney even considered taking his own life, according to a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Luckily, Clooney would eventually undergo successful surgery to fix the injury.
Halle Berry's numerous workplace accidents
Oscar-winning beauty Halle Berry is no stranger to on-set injuries. During the filming of the 2003 film “Gothika” she broke her arm shooting a scene that required her to be restrained by co-star Robert Downey, Jr. "It was in a scene that didn't involve any stunts, Robert twisted my arm the wrong way and it just...broke," she said. "But we're friends. It was an accident." Filming was halted for eight weeks in order for the injury to improve and Berry later finished shooting the movie with a small cast from her elbow to her wrist.
Berry also damaged her eye while shooting an action sequence for the James Bond drama “Die Another Day” in 2002 and was taken to hospital after smashing her head on lights during a night shoot for 2004’s "Catwoman." Source: Netscape
Other unfortunate movie set injuries
Source: Netscape and Huffington Post
Health & Safety is critically important to all workplaces, whether on a Hollywood movie set or a southern Ontario factory.
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