Of course, there are imperfections in movies! Nobody’s perfect after all, even Hollywood actors! Take a look at the following top 10 video production mishaps.


After watching recently released blockbuster films like Beauty and the Beast (2017) and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) it is difficult to believe that anything accidental or unplanned goes on behind the scenes of top Hollywood movies or within the movie itself!

However, of course there are imperfections in movies! Nobody’s perfect after all! Even our top filmmakers and Hollywood actors are human (although we can’t always believe it due to their flawless appearances on the outset). So, sit back, relax, and feel smug about the fact that Hollywood stars make mistakes too, and there are situations that arise behind the scenes (sometimes even in front of the camera!) that are not scheduled to take place. In fact, accidents and mishaps have been happening ever since the camera first started rolling in the 1890s.

Take a look at the following top 10 video production mishaps (and, no, they’re not taken from our own filming experiences at NeedaFixer!):


P.S. I Love You (2007)

In a comedy stripping scene, Hilary Swank (Buffy the Vampire Slayer [2002] and Million Dollar Baby [2004]) required stitches in the forehead after the suspender strap that Gerard Butler (Tomorrow Never Dies [1997] and Dracula [2000]) was wearing snapped off and hit her in the head. (Huffington Post).

Also, in the scene, there is a continuity mistake associated with the suspender clasp, perhaps as a result of the above drama? In the movie, it is, in fact, Gerry, Gerald Butler, who gets hit in the face with the suspender strap which is followed by the silver clasp laying on the floor next to the dresser. In the next scene, however, when Gerry is getting onto the bed, the clasp is dangling between his legs, still attached to the strap. Of course, in the next shot the clasp has again disappeared. (movie mistakes)

North by Northwest (1959)

We should probably give North by Northwest the benefit of the doubt since it was filmed in 1959! However, a young boy extra sitting in a café scene in Mount Rushmore café puts his fingers in his ears in anticipation of the gun that is about to be shot. He obviously didn’t like the noise, but in the film, it makes the scene much less realistic! (movie mistakes)

Ip Man 3 (2015)

Donnie Yen (Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen [2010] and Ip Man [2008]) ironically injured champion boxer and actor Mike Tyson (The Hangover [2009] and Scary Movie 5 [2013]) when filming a fighting scene, accidentally fracturing his left index finger. Oops! (screenanarchy)

Along Came Polly (2004)

Remember the pet ferret Rodolfo, owned by Polly, Jennifer Aniston (The Break-Up [2006) and Marley and Me [2008]) in Along Came Polly? Apparently, during filming, Ben Stiller (Meet the Parents [2000] and Night at the Museum [2006]) had a bite on his chin by a ferret and required a rabies injection. (mandatory)

Troy (2004)

When filming Troy and playing the character of tough man Achilles, Brad Pitt (Mr. & Mrs. Smith [2005] and 12 Years a Slave [2013]) ironically tore his Achilles Tendon. Ouch! (Huffington Post).

Die Another Day (2002)

Apparently, Halle Berry (X-Men [2000] and The Wolverine [2013]) choked on a fig during her love-making scene with Pierce Brosnan (Tomorrow Never Dies [1997] and Mamma Mia! [2008]). How romantic?! (mandatory)

The Expendables 3 (2014)

While filming in Bulgaria, Jason Statham (The Bank Job [2008] and Fast & Furious 6 [2013]) drove a truck into the Black Sea when the truck lost its brakes. Luckily, he could swim! (news.com.au)

Spectre (2015)

Daniel Craig (Skyfall [2012] and Star Wars: The Force Awakens [2015]) sprained his knee in a fighting scene and, like a true fighter, he shortly returned to work. However, the knee injury actually required surgery, after filming. (dailymail)

The Edge (1997)

Sir Anthony Hopkins (War and Peace [1972] and The Silence of the Lambs [1991]) fell into a river when filming The Edge and was treated for hypothermia. Brrrrr! (mandatory)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Spelling and grammar should never be overlooked, especially in movies! In The Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne, Christian Bale (American Hustle [2013] and The Dark Knight [2008]) researches the jewel thief and, in the newspaper headline, the word “Heist” is spelled “Hiest”. Seemingly the editor of that newspaper didn’t use spellcheck! (moviemistakes)

Film accidents and mishaps do happen

And, of course, we couldn’t mention film accidents without mentioning the tragic death of Brandon Lee, who is one of the many actors who died while filming. He was shot and killed when a prop gun was confused with a real gun when filming a scene in The Crow (1994), there was seemingly a mix-up with blank bullets and real bullets. (mentalfloss)

Therefore, despite all the glitz, glamour and often flawless screenings of many Hollywood Blockbusters, video production mishaps and film accidents are still all part of the filming process.

Whether you are a fan of outtakes or prefer to appreciate a film for its polished and perfected finish, you’ll now be without doubt that video production mishaps do indeed occur and, often, behind the limelight, there is a whole other world of drama…