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Idris Elba Thought He Got Shot in the Head Filming Ridley Scotts' 'American Gangster'



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Idris Elba Thought He Got Shot in the Head Filming Ridley Scotts' 'American Gangster'
 

 
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"In an intense case of art imitating death, “American Gangster” director Ridley Scott revealed how Idris Elba thought he’d been shot on the set of the 2007 crime flick — all while using a prop gun without any blanks.

The startling event in question occurred during a scene in which budding drug lord Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) executes drug dealer Tango (Elba).

However, to elicit a realistic reaction from Elba, 49, the “Blade Runner” director instructed the actor to lean his head against the barrel so he’d be surprised by the recoil. Fortunately, the safety-conscious Scott, 83, employed a plugged-up prop firearm without any blanks to prevent any mishaps — like the case of the late actor Jon-Erik Hexum, who died after discharging a blank pistol against his temple as a gag in 1984.

“I said to Idris, ‘Listen, when he puts the gun to your head, lean on the gun,’ ” the Oscar-winning “Alien” director told the Daily Mail. “Because, by the way, this is a gun with a solid barrel, there is no aperture, I would never risk it — but when you pull the trigger, there’s no blank, nothing.”

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Elba heeded Scott’s direction, and Washington “pulled the trigger and it goes bang. Idris thought he’d been shot and dropped to the sidewalk and said, ‘I’ve been shot!’ ” per the director’s account.

How did the “Prometheus” director achieve the recoil effect with a blocked barrel and no rounds in the chamber? Paul Biddiss, a movie weaponry adviser who is working with Scott, explained that the director employed something called “a UTM round,” which can go in the barrel of a completely plugged gun and still cause “blowback.”

“It is like a small silver case with compressed air that reacts. It can be used repeatedly for a recoil effect each time,” the armor expert explained. “It’s quite often used in close-up execution shots in films.”

It’s the perfect technique for Scott, whom Biddis described as “hot on safety.”

Unfortunately, prop gun safety has become a major concern following the recent incident involving Alec Baldwin. The embattled actor was slapped with a lawsuit accusing him of purposefully firing the handgun that k*lled cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust” in October.

“Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, c*cked and fired a loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the c*cking and firing of a firearm,” script supervisor Mamie Mitchell claimed in the suit.

She claimed that every firearm safety protocol on set was ignored, such as the presence of live ammunition, and that actions taken that day “were against all industry norms.”

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 2 months ago '17        #2
WHATEVERMAN 
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So basically in that moment Idris wasn't even acting. Glad my man lived to talk about it. Cool story OP, thanks for the share.
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 2 months ago '17        #3
Petieparker 
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Ridley Scott is a piece of arrogant sh*t. Made some classic films but is a sh*tty person.
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 2 months ago '05        #4
Rockstar718 
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 Petieparker said
Ridley Scott is a piece of arrogant sh*t. Made some classic films but is a sh*tty person.
Old people kinda have the right to be arrogant. They lived through sh*t. Let him be old and wish you can make at it to his age
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 2 months ago '07        #5
yola  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x63
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i had no idea Idris Elba was in American Gangster
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 2 months ago '17        #6
Coffee  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 yola said
i had no idea Idris Elba was in American Gangster
A lot of people forget.
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 2 months ago '11        #7
Gamemusic 
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Lol I had no idea Ridley Scott did American Gangster.
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 2 months ago '09        #8
LOONATIK  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 yola said
i had no idea Idris Elba was in American Gangster
Then you never seen the movie
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 2 months ago '05        #9
Double M Set  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 LOONATIK said
Then you never seen the movie
Funniest Character…That “Get Me A Light While You’re At It.” Line Had Me Ready For That Fool To Die…
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 2 months ago '11        #10
CALViiiN  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x27
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Ice cold baby!
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 2 months ago '11        #11
Broseph Stalin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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next we gonna hear one of the guns they used on Denzel in training day wasn’t blanks



man this Alex Baldwin sh*t really exposed ALOT to how dangerous this Hollywood sh*t really is. Whole time I thought it was CGI and computer effects added in post production
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 2 months ago '07        #12
yola  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x63
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 LOONATIK said
Then you never seen the movie
seen it 3 times

i have a life
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 2 months ago '04        #13
nwking  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 yola said
i had no idea Idris Elba was in American Gangster
T.I is in it as well
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 2 months ago '04        #14
LordBlanco|M  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 yola said
i had no idea Idris Elba was in American Gangster
Dude was in one of the coldest scenes in hood movie history. Cmon man

20% Frank.... 20%... my man
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 2 months ago '17        #15
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 LOONATIK said
Then you never seen the movie
Deadass tho lol
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 2 months ago '21        #16
deepthoughts 
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Damn this is crazy
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 2 months ago '07        #17
yola  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x63
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 LordBlanco said
Dude was in one of the coldest scenes in hood movie history. Cmon man

20% Frank.... 20%... my man
i know the scene all day

but everyone has their limited scope of info
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 2 months ago '17        #18
DavidTheMan 
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He used a utm blank.
He isnt even aware the texh he was using. He should pray to good the wrong utm round wasnt used or idris would be dead
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 2 months ago '09        #19
LOONATIK  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 yola said
seen it 3 times

i have a life
So since you have a life that means you can’t pay attention long enough to know the characters of a flick you’ve “seen” 3 times?
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 2 months ago '09        #20
LOONATIK  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 yola said
i know the scene all day

but everyone has their limited scope of info
So you know the scene all day but didn’t know that was Idris Elba? Lol I’m lost as to what you’re doing here lol
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 2 months ago '15        #21
GrgeClrk  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x24
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 yola said
i had no idea Idris Elba was in American Gangster
 nwking said
T.I is in it as well
Can’t forget Common
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 2 months ago '04        #22
Adwerdz  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x70
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 yola said
i had no idea Idris Elba was in American Gangster
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 2 months ago '17        #23
becoolhomie2  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x15
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How did he think he was thinking then


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 2 months ago '10        #24
RedLight 
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 CALViiiN said






Ice cold baby!
That scene was always so cold to me, mainly cause outside of the actual scene being the dope in itself there was almost a feeling that Denzel was passing the torch to Idris in that exchange.
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 2 months ago '07        #25
yola  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x63
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 LOONATIK said
So since you have a life that means you can’t pay attention long enough to know the characters of a flick you’ve “seen” 3 times?
it means i don't have the time to memorize every single actor

quit actin like American Gangster wasn't 14 years ago
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