20 actors who were brutally injured on movie sets

Dylan O’Brien suffered multiple injuries on Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The actor was run over by a car during a chase sequence and was taken to hospital in Vancouver. Production was stopped after the accident and delayed for several months while Dylan recovered.

Jeremy Renner breaks arms on Tag

The Marvel star managed to break both his arms after falling off a 20 foot stack of chairs while escaping Jon Hamm in a particular scene. He was given green screen casts to wear so they could CGI his arms in post-production.

Tom Cruise breaks ankle on Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Cruise jumped from the roof of one building to another and but failed to land safely on the other side and fractured his foot when he slammed into the side of the building. He continued the scene and the same take is used in the final cut.

Tom Holland broke his nose on Avengers 4

While filming in Atlanta, Spider-Man broke his nose but it’s not the first time he’s suffered the injury. He also broke it while filming The Lost City of Z after being dared to do a back flip. It didn’t go well.

Taylor Hickson suffered facial lacerations on Ghostland

In December 2016, the actress crashed through a glass door she was urged by her director to repeatedly bang on, and ended up needing multiple reconstructive surgeries. She now has a permanent facial scar and is suing the film’s producers.

Daniel Craig needed knee surgery after Spectre

While shooting a fight scene, Daniel Craig sprained his knee but chose to continue shooting the film after a few day of rest. However, it turned out to be far more severe than initially thought and he ended up needing surgery on it after wrapping the movie.

Brad Pitt badly injured his arm on Se7en

While filming a scene in which he chases John Doe (Kevin Spacey) down the street, Pitt went through a car window. He soon realized he’d done serious damage – in this case cut his hand so deeply that he severely injured the tendons. He wore a cast for the remainder of filming, often wearing a hidden brace.

Charlize Theron hurt her neck on Aeon Flux

Charlize may think twice about playing an action star after hurting her neck during the making of this flop in 2004. She suffered a slipped disc in her neck while performing a stunt, shutting the production down for six weeks.

George Clooney considered suicide after injuring his back on Syriana

Clooney has admitted that he contemplated suicide after harshly damaging his back during the filming of this 2005 drama. He suffered frequent, brutal headaches and was hospitalised. Do you think the Oscar he won for his performance helped alleviate the pain?

Channing Tatum burnt his penis on The Eagle

Playing a Roman soldier in the middle of a Scottish winter is not much fun, so actor was glad of the opportunity to warm up by pouring a mix of boiling and river water down his suit. Unfortunately, the crew member had forgotten to dilute the water from the kettle meaning scalding water – er, how do we put this delicately – damaged the end of Channing’s Tatum. He admits it was the most pain he’d ever experienced.

Harrison Ford broke his leg On Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Han Solo star was rushed to hospital after a hydraulic door – part of the practical Millennium Falcon set – malfunctioned and fell down on his leg, breaking it in the process. He was out of action for months.

Halle Berry broke her arm on Gothika

Berry has Robert Downey Jr. to thank for a breaking her arm on the set of this 2003 chiller. Downey accidentally grabbed the actress a little too roughly during a scene and Berry spent the rest of the shoot wearing a cast.

Jackie Chan broke his ankle on Rumble In The Bronx

A cast painted like a sock? Now there’s a novel way of covering up a foot injury. Chan used just such a trick during the filming of his 1995 action-comedy after breaking his ankle while jumping onto a hovercraft. You can see the trickery during the end credit outtakes.

James McAvoy breaks hand in Split

The Scottish actor punched a metal door but missed the soft section and ended up breaking his hand. He refused to go to hospital and carried on filming and you can see his swollen hand in the film

Jaimie Alexander was nearly paralysed on Thor 2: The Dark World

The actress, who plays Thor’s warrior buddy Sif, fell down a metal staircase during shooting and could have been paralysed. She told MTV, “I herniated a disc in my thoracic spine, dislocated my left shoulder, tore my right rhomboid and chipped eleven vertebra.” Thankfully, she made a full recovery, spending a week in hospital and doing a month of rehab.

Martin Sheen almost died of a heart attack on Apocalypse Now

Sheen was second choice for the role of Captain Willard in this epic, replacing Harvey Keitel. But the stress of the role contributed to Sheen having a heart attack during filming, such a severe one that he was administered last rites. Luckily, after a six week delay, the actor was back filming his scenes and a classic was born.

Kristen Stewart tore a ligament in her thumb on Snow White And The Huntsman’

Stewart not only punched co-star Chris Hemsworth while filming this 2013 blockbuster, but she severely tore a ligament in her thumb getting into an on-camera scrape with one of the dwarves. Disney never had this problem.

Russell Crowe badly hurt his shoulder on Cinderella Man

Crowe is no stranger to the gym when preparing for a role. But he went a little too far while training to play boxer Jim Braddock, dislocating a shoulder just before shooting, which was delayed by a month while he had surgery and physiotherapy.

Leonardo DiCaprio slices hand during Django Unchained

As slave owner Calvin Candy, Leo slammed a glass so hard down on a table it cut his hand and it gushed blood. Ever the pro, he acted through it and it of course ended up in the final film.

Sylvester Stallone fractured his neck on The Expendables

Sly received a hairline fracture of his neck during a fight with Steve Austin, which required surgery and the insertion of a metal plate. He even posted pictures of the X-rays on the Web. Now that’s a hard man.

A movie star’s life might seem pretty charmed, except when they’re suffering injuries on set.

Film productions can be rather dangerous places and there are plenty of actors who have learnt that the hard way.

From Tom Cruise to Halle Berry, and even more recently Jeremy Renner, here are some of the worst injuries to be suffered by stars on a movie set.

Sam Claflin on YA film genre’s demise
Benicio del Toro on finding his conscience in Sicario 2
How to make it as a comic book writer