The Expendables 3 Stunt
That Almost
Cost Jason Statham
His Life
By MATTHEW BILODEAU
Movies - TV
Getting a new "Expendables" movie means once again we will see action giants like Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham competing for screen time and attempting to recreate the movie moments that made their careers. However, some amount of risk is practically inescapable when filming big set pieces in action movies, especially if these stunts are primarily in-camera.
The "Expendables" films are no stranger to set pieces not going as anticipated, as stuntman Kun Lieu was killed while shooting a boat explosion for "The Expendables 2." In the third installment, the need to amp up the action almost cost "Crank" star Jason Statham his life.
While test-running for one of the opening action sequences in Bulgaria, Statham was tasked with driving a flatbed truck that was meant to stop, but due to a brake failure, the vehicle and Statham plunged over a 10ft cliff into the Black Sea. Luckily, he was able to get himself out through an open window, but the rush of water, body equipment, and a snagged holster didn't help.
Statham would say later, "It's a real recalibration of everything. From that day on, I've been so appreciative of life and being able to walk on the ground. I think we all need [an experience] like that; one that puts things in perspective." The harrowing incident made it into a featurette on the Blu-ray, and you can feel the panic among the crew as they slowly realize what's about to transpire.