Serendipity on Screen: Iconic Moments Born from Bloopers

By Sophia Maddox | May 2, 2024

Back to the Future Part II - A Stuntwoman Was Seriously Injured And It Stayed In The Film

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As a stuntperson, you're aware of the inherent dangers that come with the profession, and unfortunately, sometimes these risks become a reality. Cheryl Wheeler-Dixon, a seasoned professional, learned this lesson the hard way while filming Back to the Future Part II.

During the scene in question, Wheeler-Dixon and the rest of Biff's crew were supposed to dramatically burst through the courthouse window. But as they began the stunt, Wheeler-Dixon hit a pillar and tumbled a terrifying 30 feet to the ground. Though she survived the fall, the injuries she sustained were serious and life-altering.

Despite the setback, the scene was only filmed once and the actual fall was included in the final cut. While it's a shocking moment in the film, it's also a reminder of the bravery and dedication of those who put their bodies on the line in service of their craft.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - Broken Coffee Table

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The British crime comedy, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, follows a cunning card player, portrayed by Nick Moran, as he strives to pay off a debt to a menacing criminal kingpin after losing big in a game of Brag. In an unscripted moment, Stephen Marcus's character, Nick "the Greek," breaks a coffee table with a juice glass. The moment is straight up insane and the genuine surprise on Marcus's face adds a touch of authenticity to the scene that serves to make the whole film feel a little more real.