Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction. While we’re used to seeing life and death stories play out on the big screen, we don’t consider the actors behind the characters and the dangerous situations they’ve been in.
In some cases, these incidents happened while trying to get the drama on film. We hate to be reminded of our own mortality, but tales of near misses can be empowering. These celebs have been through the mill and then some to make their careers – but here are their more shocking experiences. Warning: this list will make you feel happy to have survived the outside world, unscathed.
You’d think that after decades of blowing stuff up, jumping out of planes, trains and automobiles and showing bad guys what’s what, Sylvester Stallone would have had a dangerous incident earlier in his career.
In fact, the first truly dangerous moment came fairly late in his career. At the ripe old age of 63, Stallone was filming ‘The Expendables’ with colleague Stone Cold Steve Austin, when the fight got so intense that Stallone received serious injuries.
In a statement regarding the fight and subsequent injuries, Stallone was quoted to have said: “Actually, my fight with Stone Cold Steve Austin was so vicious that I ended up getting a hairline fracture in my neck. I’m not joking. I haven’t told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation afterwards. I now have a metal plate in my neck.”
In 2000, 50 Cent proved he had more lives than any cat – surviving over nine gun shots in one go.
His list of wounds include shots to the leg, the arm, his right thumb and even in his moneymaker – his mouth.
He didn’t let the event hurt his music career. He later said: “Ain’t nobody gonna tell you they ain’t scared in that situation. It’s a hit, man. You supposed to die in that situation. They’re not playing.“