Movie making is a risky business. It always begins with a financial risk, and sometimes the script calls for necessary, calculated risks to take place on set or location. Stunts, pyrotechnics, firefights: these are just a few things that bring with them an inherent risk when playing big budget make believe. Throughout the history of filmmaking, there have been more than a few tragedies on set. Some have led to abysmal productions, and terrible movies, while others have served as catalyst to funerals. Here are 19 of the worst disasters on movie sets.
30. Syriana (2005)
Some actors put themselves through hell for a performance and such is the case with George Clooney in 2005’s Syriana. Clooney won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a CIA operative in this Stephen Gaghan-directed film, but that accolade came with a physical toll.
While filming the scene in which Clooney’s character is tied to a chair and tortured, the chair is thrown backwards to the ground. The impact caused Clooney to hit his head and hurt his back, but it was thought to be only a minor injury at the time. However, before long, the actor began suffering from crippling headaches that became so painful, Clooney briefly considered taking his own life. The situation also wasn’t helped by the fact that Clooney wasn’t in the greatest health at the time, having gained nearly 40 pounds in just one month to prepare for the role.
The actor began depending on alcohol to get through the pain, but several bouts of surgery allowed the actor to eventually recover. Still, Clooney lives with pain from the injury to this day and it’s actually prevented him from accepting certain roles, such as Napoleon Solo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which eventually went to Henry Cavill.