13 Actors Who Developed Phobias, Medical Conditions, And More While Filming These TV Shows Or Movies

1.First, while filming Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018), Dylan O'Brien was hit by a car during a stunt and suffered multiple injuries. Dylan said that his accident "completely rewired" how he felt about being on set, and there was a time when he thought he'd never step foot on a set again.

Dylan O'Brien in Maze Runner: The Death Cure

2.In 2012, while filming The Good Wife Season 4, Kristin Chenoweth was hospitalized after suffering a "seven-inch skull fracture, a hairline fracture, cracked teeth, and ribs" when lighting equipment fell and hit her. The on-set accident led to Kristin having "long-standing injuries" that she still deals with today.

Kristin Chenoweth as Peggy in The Good Wife

3.After filming Psycho (1960), namely the iconic scene where Marion is stabbed in the shower, Janet Leigh said it caused her to develop a phobia of taking showers. She only took baths, and would "leave the bathroom door open and shower curtain open" if possible.

Marion Crane from Psycho is shown in three panels depicting the iconic shower scene

4.Sophia Bush said she developed a fear of being underwater after filming a scene in One Tree Hill Season 8 (2010) when Brooke almost drowns inside a car. On an episode of the Drama Queens podcast, she explained that in order to film the scene, she was submerged in a pool with weighted belts in her lap and had to act like she was drowning.

However, Sophia's brain obviously didn't know she was not actually drowning, so now her body thinks it really happened to her. 

However, Sophia's brain obviously didn't know she was not actually drowning, so now her body thinks it really happened to her. "I have nightmares about drowning," Sophia continued. She even explained that she can't even put her face in a bowl of water because it freaks her out.

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5.Four days before filming The Banshees of Inisherin (2022), Barry Keoghan suffered from a case of necrotizing fasciitis, aka flesh-eating disease, on his arm. Barry said amputation was discussed by his doctors, too. Director and writer Martin McDonagh recalled visiting Barry, saying, "I went to the hospital thinking, Shit — is he going to die? Let alone, is he going to make the movie."

Dominic in Banshees of Inisherin talking to Siobhan and saying, "Well, there goes that dream"

6.While filming Buried (2010), Ryan Reynolds became extremely claustrophobic due to the fact the movie focuses on his character being buried alive in a coffin. He said, "For me, I was enclosed in there and had moments of utter panic that were soothed in various ways."

Three scenes from "Buried" with Ryan Reynolds showing his character trapped in a coffin

7.Tippi Hedren developed a fear of birds after filming Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). In her memoir, Tippi recalled the horrible days on set when real birds were used during the famous attic scene to attack her. She wrote, "It was brutal and ugly and relentless." At one point, birds were tied to her costume, and animal handlers threw live birds directly at her.

Three-panel collage from "The Birds" featuring Tippi Hedren in suspenseful scenes with attacking birds

8.While filming The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), during the scene when Samwise runs into the river to catch up to Frodo, Sean Astin pierced his foot with a sharp piece of glass. The cut was so deep, and there was so much blood, that they had to call a helicopter to the woods where they were filming in order to rush Sean to the hospital.

Samwise and Frodo in a boat and having an emotional conversation by a lakeshore

9.In his 2002 book, Lucky Man, Michael J. Fox revealed that while filming the close-ups where Marty McFly is hung in Back to the Future Part III (1990), he almost died while hanging there. Michael said for a few takes he was able to have his hands between the rope and his neck so that he was still able to breathe, however it went wrong on the third take. He wrote, "I miscalculated the positioning of my hand. Noose around my neck, dangling from the gallows pole; my carotid artery was blocked, causing me briefly to pass out."

Marty McFly in a western outfit being hung and then falling to the ground

10.While filming Napoleon and Samantha (1972), when she was only nine years old, Jodie Foster was mauled by a lion. "Then, [the stand-in lion] picked me up sideways and shook me in his mouth and turned me around," Jodie recalled. Due to the incident, Jodie said, "Now cats freak me out a little bit."

Two scenes from a film with child characters, one being portrayed by Jodie Foster, and a lion

11.After filming Hereditary (2018), Alex Wolff suffered from PTSD. He said, "I don’t think you can go through something like this and not have some sort of PTSD afterwards." Alex also added, "It was one of those ones that really did some gymnastics on my emotional well-being." He said he suffered from some memory loss when it comes to remembering filming certain scenes in the horror film, too.

Two scenes of actor Alex Wolff as Peter in the movie "Hereditary" expressing shock and distress in a classroom

12.Tom Hanks was rushed to the hospital while filming Cast Away (2000). He explained, "I was there for three days with something that, believe it or not, almost killed me." Tom had an infection from a cut that was "eating its way through [his] leg."

Tom Hanks as character from Cast Away, standing in water and sitting on beach with makeshift companion

13.And finally, after filming Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Kristen Stewart revealed, "I never want to get back on a horse." The stunt coordinator for the film also revealed that Kristen was "nervous to start with" and was "very cautious" while filming the riding scenes in the movie.

Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman