33 Bits of Trivia About How the Cinema Sausage Is Made

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33 Bits of Trivia About How the Cinema Sausage Is Made

We’ve all heard that the movie biz has some pretty high stakes, but did those stakes really have to reach life-or-death heights? From the safety of our desk, we’re thinking no. Even lower stakes like amputations, permanent brain damage and child-drugging are a tad high for our taste. Filmmakers may have an at-all-cost motto, but we’re perfectly okay with typing these words and getting home to our cats.

Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double broke his neck on the last Harry Potter movie. During rehearsals for a flying scene, David Holmes did a jerk back stunt, which broke his neck and left him paralyzed from the chest down. CRACKED.COM

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Margaret Hamilton fully caught fire. THE WIZARD OF OZ GRACKED.COM Whenever we see the Wicked Witch disappear, she drops into a trap door as pyrotechnics ignite. At least once, the trap door went haywire, trapping her in the explosion, and igniting her very flammable petroleum-based makeup.

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Halle Berry almost choked on fruit. DIE ANOTHER DAY CRACKED.COM During a sex scene, Pierce Brosnan made a quip so cheeky, she sucked in the fig she was munching. According to Berry, Brosnan gave her a naked Heimlich (although he claims he just slapped her on the back).

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Hollywood tragedies that brought change Heaven's Gate Mistreating a horse 1980's Heaven's Gate caused a lot of controversy when a lawsuit was filed for mistreating a horse. This led to Hollywood making a deal with the American Humane Association to increase oversight and ensure animals get treated properly. CRACKED

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Hollywood tragedies that brought change Pleasantville A car crash In honor of cameraman Brent Hershman, who died in a car crash after a 19-hour shift, the Screen Actors Guild and other entertainment unions have come together to make sure no one works more than 12 hours in a day. This is now known as Brent's Rule. CRACKED

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Hollywood tragedies that brought change Deadpool 2 Stunts gone wrong After the deaths of stunt performers, the SAG-AFTRA union set up a commission to look into issues like long hours, having to drive far to work, and how to protect people from bad weather on movie and TV sets. The Walking Dead CRACKED

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CRACKED YOU CAN'T INJURE, MAIM, OR KILL EXTRAS ANYMORE. NOAH'S ARK In 1928, cameraman Hal Mohr quit when director Michael Curtiz rolled his eyes at his safety concerns. Three extras died, another lost a limb, and a dozen suffered serious injuries, but Curtiz somehow escaped any legal repercussions.

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CRACKED YOU CAN'T KILL EXTRAS ANYMORE. FITZCARRALDO In Werner Herzog's 1982 film, several indigenous extras were injured or even killed. A Peruvian logger was bit by a venomous snake on set and had to cut off his own foot with a chainsaw to stop the poison from spreading.

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