Jaimie Alexander from Thor: The Dark World Almost Died From Falling Down The Stairs
You've probably been cruelly tricked by a few bottom stairs in your time, but it's unlikely you've beaten Jaimie Alexander in terms of the sheer scale of injury suffered. While filming Thor: The Dark World, Alexander wiped out on a slick metal staircase, leaving her with a herniated disc, dislocated shoulder, something torn that we can't pronounce, and eleven chipped vertebrae. Did you even know you had that many vertebrae? Try to construct a scenario in which you chip 11 of them at once, on purpose.
Marvel"I took all the pieces and built this out of them."
After figuring out something was wrong on account of the teeny bit of paralysis she was experiencing, Alexander spent about a week in the hospital, and then a month in rehab. Which doesn't seem like much! They make their women tough, those Asgardians. You might also be glad to know that when she did head back to work, she got teased about staircases a bit, because it seems that even when you're famous, your co-workers will still kinda be assholes.
Robert Downey Jr. Just Straight Up Broke Halle Berry's Arm in Gothika
When Halle Berry accepted the role of a woman stuck in a haunted asylum in Gothika, she knew it was going to involve intensity and pain, but she probably didn't realize how much of that would be physical. For instance, during a "scene of intense struggle" with Dr. Robert Downey, Jr., he broke her arm. This wasn't, like, a big stunt or anything. He just pulled her arm wrong and broke that s**t.
Warner Bros.It was all worth it too, in that it resulted in the creation of this fine ... entry in a Cracked article.