Friday, December 19, 2008

There Was No Encore

Recently eaten: bulgoki
Recent annoyance: collating packets that are just big enough to need the high-capacity stapler when I can't find the high-capacity stapler

Isn't this how Brandon Lee died? Someone replaces the blanks in a fake gun with real bullets...or replaces your fake knife with a real one. This is even more horrifying than that episode of TNG when Riker thinks he's acting as a mental patient in a play, but then it turns out he really is a mental patient on an alien planet. Damn those aliens.

Actor slits his won throat as knife switch turns fiction into reality (The Guardian)
An actor slit his throat on stage when the prop knife for his suicide scene turned out to be a real one.

Daniel Hoevels, 30, slumped over with blood pouring from his neck while the audience broke into applause at the "special effect". Police are investigating whether the knife was a mistake or a murder plot. They are questioning the rest of the cast, and backstage hands with access to props; they will also carry out DNA tests.

Things went wrong at Vienna's Burgtheater as Hoevels' character went to "kill himself" in the final scene of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart, about Mary Queen of Scots, on Saturday night

It was only when he did not get up to take a bow that anyone realised something had gone wrong.

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