While most of the dangerous situations in Hollywood filmmaking are handled by stuntmen and stuntwomen, some actors don’t mind going the extra mile for their fans. Whether it’s going on extreme diets for a role or handling their own fight scenes, actors continually stretch the limits of the bodies. Here are 8 actors who were injured while on the job.
Ford returned to the Star Wars franchise in 2015’s The Force Awakens and while filming scenes aboard the Millenium Falcon, a hydraulic door came crashing down and fractured his leg. There was a two-week delay in production, but the actor recovered and the movie earned over $2 billion at the box office.
During his filmmaking prime in Hong Kong, Chan was notorious for doing all of his own stuntwork and his collection of injuries rivals that of any professional athlete’s: broken bones, knocked-out teeth, a dislocated pelvis, a skull facture, and brain bleeding. Since moving to Hollywood, Chan hasn’t been involved in an on-set incident in years.
The current James Bond actor is no stranger to on-set danger. During the filming of Spectre, he sprained his knee. Previously, he’d gotten into collision on the set of Quantum of Solace that required eight stitches and plastic surgery to his face.
Alexander suffered serious injuries as Lady Sif in Thor: The Dark World, falling on a metal staircase that resulted in a slipped back disc, 11 chipped vertebrae, a dislocated left shoulder, and a torn right rhomboid muscle. She was treated immediately, then the next day on the way to the hospital her right side was paralyzed. Luckily, her paralysis was gone after a month of physical rehabilitation.
Proving she could keep up with a Terminator, Hamilton transformed herself into the ultra-buff Sarah Conner in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Unfortunately, she forgot to put in her earplugs between takes and suffered permanent hearing loss after co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger fired his gun in an elevator scene.
The actor best known as Rocky has taken a pounding throughout his action-movie career. He’s injured his neck and spine and dislocated both shoulders in previous shoots. It was his role in The Expendables 3, though, where he sustained his most serious injury: he took a fall on set and permanently injured his back.
Long before she captained a Star Trek ship, Yeoh was an international movie star, honing her chops in Hong Kong cinema. Her breakout hit, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, was an international blockbuster but came at a price: she tore her ACL while filming one of the incredible fight scenes and her knee has never been the same.
Hanks has lost extreme amounts of weight for his roles in Philadelphia and Castaway, garnering Oscar nominations for both movies. But the effects of his weight loss and gains may have contributed to his being diagnosed with Type II diabetes.