30 of the most dangerous movie stunts

Some survived these perilous stunts, while others didn’t make it alive

Jamie Lee Curtis being rescued from a limousine (True Lies, 1994)

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In a climactic scene from the James Cameron’s True Lies, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) rescues his wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) from a limousine about to speed off a bridge. Harry, who’s in a helicopter, grasps Helen by her arm just as the chopper heads out over the water. The woman seen dangling below the helicopter skid is not a stunt double, but Curtis doing her very own stunt.

Curtis had previously shared that it was Cameron’s idea for her to do the helicopter stunt. “Oh, yeah. And just where are you going to be while I’m dangling way up there in the air, Jim?” Curtis recalled asking the filmmaker the first time he asked her to do the stunt. “And he said, ‘Hanging out the door filming you with a hand-held camera.’” Cameron’s answer made Curtis agree to do the stunt, which was ultimately filmed on her birthday.