David Arquette feared for his life after being stabbed in wrestling match

Tom Butler
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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 18: Actor David Arquette arrives at Jimmy Buffett's "Escape To Margaritaville" L.A. Premiere Engagement at the Dolby Theatre on February 18, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
David Arquette arrives at Jimmy Buffett's "Escape To Margaritaville" L.A. Premiere Engagement at the Dolby Theatre on February 18, 2020. (Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

David Arquette has said he thought he was dying after an accident during a wrestling match.

The Scream actor, who has also been a professional wrestler, was rushed to hospital for surgery after he was accidentally stabbed in the neck with a cylindrical light bulb during a so-called “death match” with Nick Gage.

He reflects on the fight, which took place two years ago, in the new documentary You Cannot Kill David Arquette.

He told US magazine People: “I thought I was dying. I got out of the ring and I was totally lost. I couldn’t see and I couldn’t hear.

“There was a certain carefree, daredevil aspect about the way I lived life previously. But I didn’t want to die.

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“With the death match, I was doing it on purpose. I was feeling pain to numb pain. Afterwards, I realised I needed to be kind to myself.”

Arquette said he has also been helped by therapy and the support from his wife of five years Christina McLarty Arquette, adding: “I learned to love myself. I had to stop being self-destructive and making choices that were throwing bombs.”

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Reflecting on his 30-year career in Hollywood, he said: “I always approached Hollywood in a different way. I did kids movies, I did horror movies, I did comedies.

Christina McLarty, left, and David Arquette attend the LA Screening of "Just Before I Go" at ArcLight Hollywood on Monday, April 20, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)
Christina McLarty, left, and David Arquette attend the LA Screening of "Just Before I Go" at ArcLight Hollywood on Monday, April 20, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

“People didn’t really know where to put me. And I’m a different kind of character. I’m silly, I wear flamboyant clothes. That can paint a picture in people’s heads of who I am and I started feeling like a joke.”

He added: “I’m not worried about the future. I’m trying to live in the moment. I’m not invincible and there have been times in my life where I didn’t want to go on. But I’m proud of my kids, I’m proud of my wife, and I’m proud of my family. And when you start to like yourself, it’s easier to feel at peace.”

Watch a trailer for You Cannot Kill David Arquette below. David Arquette can next be seen in Spree, a dark social media satire-thriller, in UK cinemas 14 August.