Jeff Bridges' Brush With Death

Subscribe to Jeff Bridges alerts

Jeff Bridges nearly died filming an elaborate stunt.

The actor was shooting an action scene in Ridley Scott's 1996 film 'White Squall' when he inhaled so much water and jet fumes his body starting "shutting down".

The 59-year-old star recalled: "It was this scene where I have to save all the kids. It was going to be a 10-minute scene, and they had - literally - jet engines providing hurricane winds and making the water look like The OCean.

"So all the fumes from the jet engines were in the air and my body started to shut down because I wasn't getting enough oxygen. About halfway through the scene I thought, 'I'm going down!'

"Luckily, my foot was caught on a wire, so I managed to raise myself out of the tank and draw attention to myself."

Jeff had another near-death experience nearly 40 years ago, when he was auditioning for 'Fat City' in Madrid.

He said "I was checking into my hotel when I met this gorgeous girl. We went out for dinner and had all sorts of shellfish. The next morning, I was literally vomiting and swallowing my vomit so I wouldn't be sick on the directors in my audition.

"Afterwards I went back to my hotel and proceeded to puke my guts out. I thought I was going to die. I heard a knock at the door, and I crawled out of bed and James Mason the actor was standing there.

"He literally saved my life. He took me to a doctor, who gave me a shot and I was fine. And I got the part."


Tags: Jeff Bridges - Ridley Scott - The OC

Subscribe to Jeff Bridges alerts

More Jeff Bridges

'The Big Lebowski' And 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off' Added To National Film Registry

The Big Lebowski and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are among the 25 motion pictures selected this year by the Library of Congress to enter the...

The Giver Movie Review

Yet another teen sci-fi adventure, this movie may be sharply well-made but it struggles to find anything to say to an audience that has explored...

Jeff Bridges Brings His Wife Along To 'The Giver' NY Premiere - Part 5

Jeff Bridges and his wife of 37 years Susan Geston made their way to the New York premiere of 'The Giver' held at the Ziegfeld...

Who Is The Young Actor Brenton Thwaites?

An impressive cast of screen veterans, promising young newcomers, a multi-millions selling pop star and Katie Holmes have assembled for the dystopian sci-fi pic The...


The Giver: What Do We Need To Know?

American social science film, The Giver, was recently released on 15 August in the USA and is due to hit UK cinemas in the next...

Uneventful Box Office Maintains Summer Momentum

Not much to report from the box office after this week – despite all its manpower, Expendables 3 just couldn’t outgun previous chart toppers Teenage...

Jeff Bridges Wanted To Direct Father Lloyd in 'The Giver'

Jeff Bridgeshas revealed that he stumbled across his latest projectThe Giverby looking through children's books in search for a project for his father, Lloyd. Bridges...

The Lesser Known Films Of Robin Williams

The late Robin Williams was well-known for a number of iconic roles and had spread his talent liberally across comedy, thriller, drama and animation. From...



Jeff Bridges Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Jeff Bridges

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All