Mar 14 2012
This article is going to be somewhat irresponsible, and I fully accept that. You see, not only did each of these actors get stabbed and lived, but I truly believe that fact makes them badass. Being an actor and getting stabbed is the actor version of “being a surfer and getting bitten by a shark.” If you live to tell about it, you are immediately propelled in status to something far cooler and more culturally significant than you were BEFORE you were stabbed.
Not many of us know people who got stabbed and lived to brag about it, but now thanks to this article, we can PRETEND we do, and further our own personal delusions, which is always fun. Also, no matter HOW AWESOME each of these stories sounds, please do not go get stabbed after reading this. You will find it really isn’t worth it. Unless you are an actor. If you are an actor, totally go get stabbed. It almost guarantees “actor cred.”
The best part of this story is the fact that it was Vince Vaughn being a cocky loud mouth that just happened to be the reason Buscemi got stabbed. So in essence, Steve Buscemi got stabbed because Vince Vaughn was acting like Vince Vaughn. Funny how life is like that sometimes.
It was April 2001, and Steve and Vince were shooting a movie together. One night after filming wrapped up, they went to enjoy some late night drinks at a local watering hole in North Carolina called the Firebelly Lounge. Listen, if I have learned one thing from movies, it is that if a place has a name like that in a neighborhood you are unfamiliar with, you don’t go there. But this is Steve Buscemi we are talking about. Not only is he an amazing actor, but just by looking at him one can assume he is a magical, googly-eyed Muppet come to life, and for that reason alone, he follows no rules but his own. And justifiably so.
This might be the best “out of context” image ever.
So Vaughn is ordering at the bar, and there are some locals, and Vaughn is being Vaughn, probably asking if any of them have redneck daughters he can screw in their barn. Anyway, the locals do not like this type of talk in North Carolina (I think?) so they started punching faces and breaking things. And ofcourse, Steve Buscemi being the Muppet with the heart of gold that he is, decides to intervene and try to protect his friend. The end result was him getting stabbed and slashed in the arms, face and throat. Second lesson movies taught me: Never protect a Vaughn.
Wait, Steve Buscemi got stabbed in the face and throat? Well, that set the foundation for Boardwalk Empire and all the stabbings quite nicely, now didn’t it?
This story is bat-sh*t insane, and when I initially heard about it, it was so over the top, I thought it had to be some viral campaign for the show Dexter. Though you may not know the name Jeff Chase off hand, you will want to know his story.
Jeff Chase is an actor and stuntman who has been in the business consistently for years and is well respected, though not well known. He was shooting a scene for Dexter, the awesome Showtime show about a killer who kills killers.
In this scene, Chase was supposed to get stabbed by Jimmy Smits using a prop knife, but somehow, Smits got his hands on a real knife, claims we was completely unaware it was real, and stabbed Jeff Chase multiple times in the chest. In front of tons of people. And on film.
Type JEFF CHASE into Google images and this exact picture comes up, no joke. Well played, Google. Well played.
The weirdest part is Smits went into a sort of stabbing-trance, and just kept stabbing Chase, until Michael C. Hall (aka Dexter) yelled STOP at him multiple times.
Alright, to recap, that guy who played Bail Organa from Attack of the Clones stabbed some relatively unknown actor in the chest with a real knife numerous times on film and got in no trouble for it. How did I not know about this story and why wasn’t it a “traumatizing documentary” on my list last week? We know there is film of it. And props to Jeff Chase, who is apparently SO GOOD of an actor that you can’t even tell if you are stabbing him or not.
I now secretly imagine Chase and Smits having a terrible exchange at the craft services table minutes before the scene was shot and Smits was like: F**k that noise. Ima stab this dude.” And grabbed a knife. I am sorry, I have held a prop knife before, they are noticeably lighter than an actual knife. And the feeling of the knife actually going in to someone? Jesus, how do you NOT know you are stabbing someone? But, to play the Devil’s advocate, could it happen on a more fitting show?
Even the look in his eyes is trying to stab me right now.
Yeah, I am pretty sure even the lowliest of us would be aware that we were stabbing someone with a real knife, so to this I say: We are on to you Jimmy Smits. This all doesn’t add up. But please don’t stab us. Thanks.
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