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20+ Movie Stunts That Didn't End Too Well

Being a film actor may seem like a sweet gig, but there's one aspect that can make it the most dangerous job on the planet: the stunts. And this applies to both daredevil A-listers and unsung stunt doubles. Whether they're flipping a car, leaping away from an explosion, or taking a knock-out punch, these performers are putting their lives on the line — so it should be no surprise that these scenes can go way off the rails. Not even Hollywood magic could cover up some of these very real scars...

Django Unchained and unrehearsed

When filming Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio got a little too involved in his performance as sadistic plantation owner Calvin Candie. He slammed his hand down on a table, which was made of glass, and he sliced up his hand. Like a true pro, he acted through the pain, and the scene made it into the final film — bloody hand and all!

Rocky took an actual punch

While Sylvester Stallone was shooting the classic Rocky IV, he insisted on making everything look as realistic as possible. There's no denying that it would make for a more believable film. Still, sometimes it's best to use a stunt double! Stallone asked co-star and on-screen rival Dolph Lundgren to punch him in the face as hard as he could. Lundgren obliged, and Stallone was sent to the ICU for an entire week!

Isla Fisher got trapped for real

In the magic-centered movie Now You See Me, Isla Fisher was supposed to be "trapped" in a water tank. However, her performance was so convincing that the crew didn't realize she was actually drowning. Apparently, she had gotten tangled on a chain inside the trick box. Fortunately, she was able to get herself to safety.

Jackie Chan missed his mark

Jackie Chan is known for his prowess when it comes to the wild stunts in his action-packed movies. However, that doesn't mean he's immune to his own fair share of very close calls. While shooting one of his early films, Police Story, Chan was meant to jump off a roof and slide down a pole. He made a major misstep in the process and broke part of his back and dislocated his pelvis. Ouch!