While simple movie stunts are easy execute, highly elaborate ones actually take an incredible amount of planning to ensure the safety of everyone involved. But regardless of how much time and preparation are put into these scenes, things can still go wrong sometimes, resulting in accidents and even deaths. Below are 30 of the most dangerous movie stunts captured by cameras.
Accidental firing of a dummy bullet at Brandon Lee’s abdomen (The Crow, 1994)
Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee’s son, died of a gunshot wound he got while filming a scene for the 1994 superhero movie The Crow. In the now-infamous scene, Eric Draven, aka The Crow (Brandon), walks into his apartment and discovers his fiancée being beaten and raped. The Crow is then fired at by Funboy (Michael Massee) using a Smith & Wesson Model 629 .44 Magnum revolver.
In the scene preceding the fatal moment, a gun was loaded with cartridges from which the crew had removed the powder charge. The crew, however, had forgotten to remove the primer from the cartridges. This caused one of the rounds to fire and lodge a bullet inside the barrel. For the fatal scene, which called for the revolver to be fired at Brandon from a distance of 3.6–4.5 meters, the emptied cartridges were replaced with blank rounds. When the blank round was fired, the bullet lodged in the barrel was propelled forward with almost the same force as if the round were live and struck Brandon in the abdomen.
Just hours after the accident, Brandon died of internal injuries, blood loss, and heart failure. A month after, North Carolina District Attorney Jerry Spivey announced that Brandon’s death was due to negligence on the part of the film’s crew and not foul play.