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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Writer's Life 2/19 - Injuries

With nothing out of the ordinary in the news, I went list-trolling and found an interesting one at When visitors to the floating book shop begin probing my motivation, I occasionally have to resist uttering the pretentious "One must suffer for one's art." Here are actors who have actually suffered for theirs, incurring work-related injuries that have had a lingering effect on their lives: Playing Mark Chapman, the man who shot and killed John Lennon, Jared Leto gained so much weight so fast he suffered gout... In Philadelphia (1993) and Cast Away (2000), Tom Hanks lost a lot of weight. He believes losing and gaining the weight back, and possibly being "genetically inclined," may have been contributed to his Type 2 diabetes... In Syriana (2000), George Clooney cracked his head open and severely injured his spine. Doctors were at first unable to pinpoint the source of his ensuing difficulties, then noticed fluid leaking from his spine. The problem was more serious than anyone had thought. He had to to take strong pain medication and has never been the same... Jackie Chan once told Parade: "The most serious injury I had was during the shooting of Armour of God II (1991). It was actually just a simple stunt, jumping from a slope. But I was seriously injured and had a surgery to my brain. I still have a metal plate in my head and can feel the indentation from the impact... In The Expendables 3 (2004), Sylvester Stallone suffered his worst on-set fall, permanently injuring his back. A metal rod was inserted... When Arnold Schwarzenegger let off a round of gunfire in an elevator during the filming of Terminator 2 (1991), it caused Linda Hamilton permanent partial hearing loss... In Die Hard (1988), Bruce Willis, after firing a round, suffered "two-thirds partial hearing loss" in his left ear... Of the injury she incurred during the shooting of Thor: The Dark World (2013), Jaimie Alexander says: "I herniated a disk in my thoracic spine, dislocated my left shoulder, tore my right rhomboid, and chipped eleven vertebrae."... Michelle Yeoh was injured during Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), completely tearing an anterior-cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee... Tom Cruise hurt his foot in a most unusual way while making Jack Reacher (2012). He had to kick a guy in the groin in take after take. He says: "After about 50 times in, my foot was swelling… I kept having to loosen my shoe."... In Salt (2010), Angelina Jolie scarred her face while
diving through an opening door firing a gun… In Spectre (2015), Daniel Craig severely injured his knee. He put off surgery that would have halted production for six months, working through the pain.
He has since had a few surgeries to repair the knee... Those folks earned their big bucks. It's a reminder of how lucky I've been in terms of injury - knock wood.

There was no suffering for one's art at the floating book shop today, as the temperature approached the record high of sixty-something. My thanks to the young man who bought A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh, who was one of the leading British literary figures of the 20th century. I was familiar only with Brideshead Revisited, which was adapted into a highly regarded mini-series by the BBC. He wrote seventeen others, many short stories, literary criticism, and travel books. He was also a journalist, and saw action in WWII. He died in 1966 at 62.  
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