Idris Elba Thought He Got Shot Filming American Gangster

“Idris thought he’d been shot and dropped to the sidewalk and said, ‘I’ve been shot!'”

Idris Elba had a scary second on the set of American Gangster.


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While Idris was engaged on the 2007 flick, he needed to movie a scene the place he was shot within the head by Denzel Washington’s character Frank.


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Although Denzel was utilizing an empty gun with a stable filled-in barrel, the recoil was sufficient to make Idris consider he’d actually been shot.


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“[Frank] goes down the street and Idris Elba is standing there saying, ‘Hey, what are you going to do, shoot me, Frank? Go on, shoot me Frank in front of all these people.’ And he just goes boom and shoots him on the spot,” director Ridley Scott advised The Daily Mail of the scene.

Ridley defined that earlier than filming he had requested Idris to lean his head into the empty gun with the intention to add realism — however Idris did not know the recoil would really shock him.

“What happened was I said to Idris, ‘Listen, when he puts the gun to your head, lean on the gun.’ Because, by the way, this is a gun with a solid barrel; there is no aperture. I would never risk it. But when you pull the trigger there’s a recoil. There’s no blank, nothing. So I said, ‘I want you to lean on the gun,'” Ridley defined.

He continued, “He pulled the trigger and it goes bang. Idris thought he’d been shot and dropped to the sidewalk and said, ‘I’ve been shot!'”


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While Idris will need to have had a scary few moments, firearms professional Paul Biddiss, who works with Ridley, reiterated that the actor was by no means at risk and defined the way it labored.


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“He is very hot on safety. What he was referring to by a solid barrel is a completely filled in barrel that no bullet would be able to pass through, so it was a completely deactivated impractical gun as far as firing anything was concerned,” Paul shared.


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He added, “He was still able to create a recoil effect for the film’s purposes by using something used in films called a UTM round which can be put in a weapon that has had the barrel completely filled, and it still causes a blowback. It is like a small silver case with compressed air that reacts. It can be used repeatedly for a recoil effect each time.”


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Although Idris was by no means at risk, it positively sounds prefer it was a scary state of affairs for him!