Johnny Depp was nearly "horrifically mangled" by a horse while filming The Lone Ranger. The 49-year-old heartthrob plays Native American warrior Tonto in the new Disney western and had an "unpleasant" moment when he fell off his steed, causing him to almost be crushed by the "death machine" of an animal.
Speaking on The Late Show With David Letterman, Johnny said:
"There was one moment in particular where it got unpleasant. We'd been running [the horses] all day and they weren't really interested in slowing down, at all. My horse that I was on decided to jump a couple of these little obstacles. The horse was unaware that the saddle I was wearing to sit on top of it was sort of jerry-rigged, kind of faked. When we came down, the saddle slipped and I went to the left and [lost] the reins, somehow I had the wherewithal to grab his mane - all very calm for some reason, I figured fear would kick in, but it didn't. I saw in front of my eyes these very muscular horse legs and the striations of muscles moving, this kind of death machine. One word popped into my head - hooves! You know? Hooves. In any case, mind the hooves."
Tom Cruise offered a private jet to a worker who was injured on the set of his latest film.
The actor was shooting new movie Oblivion last month when British crew worker, known only as David, was crushed by a 700-pound weight. David was left unconscious and initially believed to be paralyzed, so caring Tom alerted his private pilot who primed the star's jet to transport David to a specialist spinal injury clinic.
"Tom stayed cool and swept straight into action. He didn't take a back seat at all and made sure his Gulfstream V jet was ready to go in case it was needed. It was quick thinking. David could have suffered permanent spinal injury, so it might have been vital he was flown to hospital," a source said.
A personal tragedy has forced Helena Bonham Carter to temporarily stop work on Terminator Salvation.
The 42-year-old, who had been filming in New Mexico, has reportedly been given indefinite leave after a fatal minibus crash.
The incident, which happened Wednesday in South Africa, killed four of Helena’s relatives. The group had been on safari when the tire of their VW van supposedly blew out, causing the vehicle to roll.
Although Fiona Bonham Carter (the actress’ cousin) survived the accident, her 14-year-old son, mother, stepfather and sister-in-law were all killed. Fiona’s 16-year-old son and brother also survived.
Helena and boyfriend Tim Burton are both said to be traveling to Britain to support the family.
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