With a film director killed and a director injured after American actor Alec Baldwin fired a pistol that was supposed to be loaded with bullets while filming “Rust,” we take a look at the most famous fatal accidents during the filming of Hollywood films:
– ‘The Captiv’ –
Gun-related deaths go back to the beginnings of cinema. Charles Chandler was shot in the head in 1915 while filming Cecil DeMille’s The Captiv. Chandler died after a bullet was left in a rifle after soldiers shot a door with live ammunition to make the scene more realistic.
– ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’ –
Actor Vic Moreau was beheaded and two Vietnamese-born children were killed when a helicopter crashed into them after being hit by fireworks while filming a nighttime battle scene from the science-fiction horror movie “Twilight Zone: The Movie” near Los Angeles in 1982.
Director John Landis and four of his associates were acquitted during a trial in the American city in 1987 of the murder of the 53-year-old star and his two children aged six and seven, in the first case of its kind in Hollywood history.
– ‘The Crew’ –
American martial arts star Brandon Lee and son of Bruce Lee was shot dead on the set of the 1993 movie “The Crew” in a case that sparked a flood of conspiracy theories about his murder at the hands of Hong Kong mobsters.
But investigators attributed the death to negligence. One of the actors shot Lee with a pistol that was supposed to contain chelated bullets. However, there was a live bullet in the pistol and Lee died hours later at the age of 28 from his wounds.
– ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ –
The so-called “Batman Curse” arose after the death in 2007 of special effects technician Conway Wycliffe during a manhunt scene in The Dark Knight.
Wycliffe’s car crashed into a tree while rehearsing the scene inside the famous Batmobile, which led to his death.
This was followed by a drug overdose of 28-year-old Australian actor Heath Ledger, who played the Joker. Morgan Freeman, one of the film’s heroes, was seriously injured in a car accident, while the owner of the role of “Batman” himself, Christian Bale, faced accusations of assaulting his mother and sister on the eve of the film’s premiere in the United Kingdom.
– ‘The Jumper’ –
The decorator is killed in the science fiction movie “The Jumper,” starring Samuel L. Jackson in 2008, after frozen blocks of sand, soil and ice from an outdoor filming location collapsed onto a crew during filming in Toronto, Canada.
The incident led to the death of David Ritchie, 56, on the spot.