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Friday, 9 January 2015

Gothic People: Lee's Mysterious Death

The Crow is a 1994 American action-thriller film adaptation of the 1989 comic book of the same name by James O'Barr. 
The Crow stars Brandon Lee, in his final film, as Eric Draven, a rock musician who comes back from the dead to avenge his own murder, as well as that of his fiancée. 
During rumours that "The Crow" set was cursed, many accidents happened. A carpenter was severely burned after the crane in which he was riding struck high-power lines; then a disgruntled sculptor who had worked on the set drove his car through the studio's plaster shop, doing extensive damage. Later, another crew member slipped and drove a screwdriver through his hand and a lorry full of equipment mysteriously went on fire.
And there's also Brandon Lee's (Eric Draven) mysterious death during filming.  They were filming a flashback scene to show how he really died.  He was going to be shot with 44 Magnum which was not a prop, but a fully functioning firearm.  The gun was loaded with blanks, they are as loud as real bullets, but when fired only the harmless cardboard wadding with which they are packed is ejected from the gun.  But when the gun was fired, Lee fell to the floor with a wound in his left abdomen.  Apparently, the metal tip of one of the dummy bullets had somehow pulled loose from its brass casing and killed Brandon Lee.

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