One of the most shocking images released during Friday’s funeral service for James Gandolfini was of the actor in his final moments. The final scene that the 55-year-old was supposed to shoot for the HBO series “Sopranos” was something that he did in a private moment with the crew on the movie’s Jersey set in 2009. But some photographs captured just how tragic Gandolfini’s death could have been. Here’s a look at a few other close calls on-set.
James Gandolfini Filmed on Heart By Sliver Glass Camera
Michael Zaia, a camera operator for HBO’s “The Sopranos,” was seriously injured during the filming of the HBO series’ “You Know My Name” when a 12-inch margarine pan ran over him on a remote set on June 14, 2006. The injuries caused his right leg to be amputated.
On the Set of “Superman Returns”
An on-set accident in 2004 had numerous actors recalling one of the franchise’s most famous lines. Henry Cavill, who portrayed Clark Kent in 2008’s “Superman Returns,” told a radio interviewer that he had to “dance” in the rain during the filming of the scene in question. Mark Strong, who played Lex Luthor in the film, said, “We were dancing in water with a camera crew in a kind of little craft service trench, putting on some trunks. And I’m taking a drug-filled vial with me into this trench so I can shoot a scene, and as I am about to try to re-breath out and shoot this scene, I have slipped and fallen over and my ‘cigarette’ has caught on the bottom of my gun, and I’ve tripped over it … and my little black ‘Batman’ shoe goes flying in the air like one of those high-waisted black leather things, and I managed to scramble to the bottom of this trench.
David Lynch TV Set Shoved Entire Production
During the pilot episode of David Lynch’s Showtime series “Twin Peaks,” Frank Silva was running between the stationary cars on the TV set when he leaned forward, dropped his equipment and suffered a fatal heart attack. Then, the cameras suddenly cut away to a shot of a sunset.