These Movie Stunts Went Horribly Wrong

Stunt performers have been around since the days of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, but they were really in demand when moviegoers acquired a taste for high-octane action that came later in the form of Wild West films. Not every actor could gallop at high speed while shooting at foes. While these days all kinds of safety mechanisms are there to make sure things run smoothly, being a stunt double is still a very dangerous occupation. Wages vary, but the Screen Actors Guild tells us stunt doubles should get at least $859 a day. That said, Colin Follenweider, sometimes called Hollywood’s favorite stuntman, will get the big bucks for being Spider-Man for a while. “Ultimately, we’re expendable where the lead in a film isn’t,” he once said. Let’s now look at when things turned bad, in this episode of the Infographics Show, Movie stunts that went horribly wrong.

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