Hollywood superstars are, among other things, known for their method acting. What that basically means is that they immerse themselves in the characters they portray on film. The actor tries to think like them, live like them, and be like them in all possible aspects. Sometimes they get carried away. Jared Leto gifting his fellow actors rats and dead pigs while he was playing the Joker in Suicide Squad comes to mind.
During this process, accidents happen. Whether due to their extreme dedication or due to nature misbehaving, some actors have come very close to death. This list, courtesy of Diply, shows us actors who almost got an appointment with the Grim Reaper, with a couple of sportsmen and musicians thrown in for good measure.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio has had numerous close calls, but most of them haven’t been in relation to his career. Once he was almost eaten by a great white shark while scuba diving in South Africa. Another time, the engine of the plane he was on exploded. And lastly, he survived a parachute malfunction when he went skydiving.
What’s more, he has almost died on set. He almost drowned while filming the documentary film Before The Flood, and suffered hypothermia for The Revenant. But hey, he finally got that Oscar!
Source: IMDb | Twentieth Century Fox
2. Ellen Page
Ellen Page was once almost trampled by bulls. At the time, she was in Portugal doing a movie. One morning she went for a walk, when suddenly – bulls everywhere! She got lucky as the drove turned away before reaching her!
3. Sharon Stone
Not everyone who’s had a near-death experience remembers it, but Sharon Stone sure does. When she suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2001, the actress claims to have seen the bright, white light and that she truly believes she died and then came back to life. After staying in a hospital for a week and making a full recovery, she’s taken the positives from this experience and has learned not to fear death anymore.
Source: IMDb | Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
4. Tracy Morgan
In 2014, Tracy Morgan was in a car crash. He had a traumatic brain injury, and after a week in a coma, he had to struggle to retrieve his memories and learn to walk again. The accident left him a changed man. He said, “Something’s different, the way I am with people, something’s just different. I find myself saying ‘I love you’ 200 times a day to strangers. I don’t care – I don’t gotta know you to love you, I love you!”
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5. Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler came close to losing his life when he was filming Chasing Mavericks, in 2011. He was surfing when a huge wave crashed over him and held him underwater for almost a minute, dragging him along some sharp rocks. Eventually, the Scot was saved from the clutches of the ocean, and taken to a hospital. “This was maybe one of the few times that the reports were not exaggerated. It was a pretty close call. … The waves just took me and I couldn’t get up. It was pretty hairy,” he said.
Source: IMDb | Kerry Hayes
6. 50 Cent
50 Cent survived being shot. Nine times. One of them in the face. He spent more than three months in the hospital. Luckily, he was able to draw inspiration from this incident and wrote his album Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.
Source: Rap Dose
7. Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer nearly died when she went surfing in high school. It was winter, so she was lucky there was someone on the beach to help her. The comedian explained, “I have a pretty bad scar on my leg from surfing. Forty-one stitches, three layers. I skegged myself. My whole fin went into my leg, and I had to yank it out. I was by myself.”
Source: Instagram | @amyschumer
8. Lamar Odom
Odom, the former star of the L.A. Lakers and a two-time NBA champion almost died from a drug overdose in 2015. He had to be revived several times during the ambulance ride, he had multiple organ failure, and spent several days in a coma. It was a miracle, but he survived.
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9. Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford’s other passion, apart from acting, is flying. But it has nearly cost him his life twice. The first time was in 1999 when the helicopter he was flying crashed in a dry riverbed just outside of Los Angeles. The helicopter was heavily damaged, but Harrison was unscathed. The other time was in 2015 when he was piloting a plane and he crashed into a golf course. The Indiana Jones star was very fortunate to survive both of these accidents.
10. Rachel Bilson
Rachel Bilson had a brush with death in her teenage years. She was in a car crash with some friends that nearly killed them. Her face went through the window, and for several days she was comatose. The star from The O.C. mostly recovered, but the scar above her eye and the recurring migraines will forever be reminders of the accident.
Source: Instagram | @rachelbilson
11. George Clooney
George Clooney was seriously injured while filming Syriana when he cracked his head open during the filming of one scene. He was suffering from an intensive pain, but for a few weeks, doctors were unable to detect what exactly had happened to him during the accident. The actor even contemplated suicide as a means to escape the pain. Luckily, it was discovered that he had also injured his spine and after a long therapy and medication he made a full recovery.
Source: IMDb | Glen Wilson | Warner Bros. Ent.
12. Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence was trying to lose weight for a movie role by running in intense heat while wearing several layers of clothing. Not surprisingly, he suffered a heat stroke and was rushed to the hospital. The actor spent three days in a coma.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
13. Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth almost died while surfing in Australia when he was a child. The Hunger Games star got caught in a rope which had wrapped around his body and held him underwater. He almost drowned. He said, “When I was a kid, one time I got my leg rope wrapped around my whole body like a ball, under water. Couldn’t get up. I was in waist-deep water, but I almost drowned.”
Source: Instagram | @liamhemsworth
14. Kanye West
Kanye West had a close call when he suffered a car accident in 2002. His jaw was fractured in three places, and he had to have it wired shut for six weeks. The experience resulted in his face being permanently altered, but it inspired him to write his first big hit Through The Wire.
Eminem has admitted that he nearly died because of a prescription pill overdose back in 2007. He almost didn’t make it to the hospital in time. The rapper finally realized he was addicted when he suffered a relapse a month later.
Source: Hip Hop Golden Age
16. Anne Hathaway
While on vacation in Hawaii with her husband Adam Shulman in 2014, Anne Hathaway went for a swim in the ocean, but the current was too strong and she got pulled underwater. Luckily, the Hollywood star was rescued by a nearby surfer and got away with a minor leg injury.