The unluckiest things to happen during a movie shoot
If only more filmmakers followed these bizarre precautions, as down the years a disproportionate number of scarily unlucky things have happened during movie shoots.
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Firstly, and most seriously, there have been many, many freak accidents on movie sets - and often these were sadly fatal.
As anyone who read our rather grisly recent account of the ‘Deadliest movie sets in history’ will know, people have been decapitated by helicopters (see ‘Delta Force 2’ and ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’), killed by rogue flood water (‘Noah’s Ark’) and blown up on a rubber boat (‘The Expendables – Part 2’) during film shoots.
Disaster... Brandon Lee in 'The Crow' (Credit: REX)
Jim Caviezel, playing Jesus at the time, was lucky to survive 'The Passion of the Christ’ after he was struck by lightning twice on set - once while holding an umbrella. Perhaps the Almighty wasn’t happy with his performance.
According to urban legend, lightning also struck the planes of two separate people connected to ‘The Omen’ during the shoot: producer Mace Neufeld and star Gregory Peck.
The film is considered one of the unluckiest ever. According to a documentary called ‘The Curse of the Omen’, Neufeld’s hotel was also bombed by the IRA, a tiger handler was killed in a freak accident, Rottweilers used in the film turned on their trainers, a special effects coordinator’s girlfriend was beheaded in a car crash a year later and much, much more. The lesson? Don’t mess with God or indeed the Devil.
The chaotic Philippines-based set of ‘Apocalypse Now’ was also plagued by bad luck (along with awful planning, drug-using crew and an out-of-control director of course). Firstly civil war broke out near the set, with the Philippine government forced to take back helicopters they loaned the film to fight rebels. Then a freakish tropical storm (Typhoon Olga) happened, destroying sets, cameras and other equipment. Oh, and star Martin Sheen had a heart attack. What a relief that Marlon Brando turned up raring to go...
War movie... Apocalypse Now (Credit: REX)
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