Gerard Butler Recalls Being Shot Twice in the Head

Gerard Butler

The 'Machine Gun Preacher' star talks about the on-set accident he experienced during filming at premiere of the Sam Childers biopic, but quickly assures that what hit him were only shells.

Gerard Butler had a scary on-set accident during the filming of "Machine Gun Preacher". Hitting the red carpet on Wednesday (September 21) night for the premiere of the biopic about Sam Childers, the 41-year-old actor shared to E! Online, "I was shot twice in the head."

The Milo Boyd of "The Bounty Hunter", however, quickly clarified his claim by assuring,"It was a shell, but it sounds better to get shot." He then detailed, "The shell hit me, slit my head, it was pouring with blood. About twenty minutes later, we finally stopped the bleeding. We went again and another shell hit me! Within half an inch of the first one [and] slit my head again."

The flying shells apparently came from co-star Souleymane Sy Savane's gun. At the premiere, Souleymane told E! he took the blame for Gerard's particular injuries. "It was kind of serious," he recalled. "It was a pretty intense scene. We were being attacked by a bunch of rebels at night. So I would say for my defense, I couldn't really see."

The cuts from the shells weren't the only injuries Gerard sustained from the making of the biopic. He claimed to have ripped a tendon in his groin area above left leg while shooting for the same scene, and told OK! magazine he has scars going down his back. "I couldn't walk for two weeks once. I have so many tendons that I have hurt," he added.

Directed by Marc Foster, "Machine Gun Preacher" also stars Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker and Madeline Carroll. It revolves around a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers, and will open in limited theaters across the U.S. this Friday, September 23.




    Gerry Fan
    Sep 23, 2011

    He seems to be injury himself on any stage or movie sets he has been. He got poked in the eye when he did Coriolanus on stage. I read somewhere that when he was doing one scene for Attila, he fell off the horse. He mentioned having had alcohol fall into his eyes when they were removing the makeup from "The Phantom of the Opera". He also had a hard time on Lara Croft Tomb Raider - Cradle of Life when he did that scene where he's going down a rope upside down and shooting at somebody on the roof. He mentioned his whole body hurt. When he did 300, he hurt his hip flexor and was in pain for quite some time having to take anti-inflammatory. Then there was another injury on the set of "Shattered" when they assured him there was no danger if the car crashed and yet he injured his neck. He had to take more anti-inflammatory on the set of "Gamer" where he was nearly injured when an explosion took place near where he was standing. And now this. If he keeps this up, he won't be able to do action movies at some point. He's lucky they were only shell as even blank bullets can kill as one actor who had a promising career years ago, John-Erik Hexum, was on a set pretending to play Russian roulette with a gun containing blanks and one of the shell went into his skull and killed him. Same thing on the set of "The Crow" when somebody shot at close range a gun containing blank bullets and accidentally killed Brandon Lee.

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