Actor nearly dies on stage after slashing his throat with REAL knife

December 10, 2008

Austria (ChattahBox) — Actor Daniel Hoevels’ character was supposed to commit suicide with a blunt stage knife for the performance of Friedrich Schiller’s play Mary Stuart, to end the play. But instead been provided with a real blade and almost died in front of the audience after slashing his throat in a bizarre on-stage mix-up. He collapsed on stage with blood pouring from his neck and the audience started to applaud the spectacular special effects. It was only when Hoevels, 30, failed to get up to take a bow for the performance about Mary Queen of Scots, at Vienna’s Burg theater in Austria that they realized something was wrong.

Now police are investigating and after refusing to rule out the possibility that the stunt may have been an attempt to bump off the actor by a jealous rival. Police have been told that the knife had been bought at a local store and are asking if props staff forgot to blunt the blade. The theatre’s props manager is understood to have been quizzed by police about the knife that still had a price tag on it, reports Austrian daily Osterreich.

The actor is recovering from emergency treatment to his wound at a local hospital and appeared on stage the next night with a bandage around his neck. If Hoevels had hit an artery or cut only slightly deeper, he would have died on stage,’ a doctor said.


Comments

One Response to “Actor nearly dies on stage after slashing his throat with REAL knife”

  1. Eclectico on December 10th, 2008 2:28 pm

    Now that’s a close call. I hate hearing about actors being injured due to neglect at the hands of those who are entrusted to ensure the props remain props! We lost Brandon Lee during the filming of The Crow because a props technician failed to double-check a firearm. Check, and RE-check! There is no reason for an incident like this. Sure accidents happen, but when we’re talking about the lives of entertainers using prop weapons, they must be props! There is no room for error!

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