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Actor hospitalized after fight scene with Kenneth Branagh goes wrong


An actor appearing alongside Sir Kenneth Branagh in a U.K. production of "Macbeth" was hospitalized on Wednesday night after a fight scene went wrong.

The unnamed man sustained an injury while acting out a sword fight reportedly involving Branagh during a stage production of the show at a deconsecrated Victorian church in Manchester, England. The actor, who is said to have been struck with a metal sword, performed through the pain to complete his scenes on stage, but was taken to hospital after the curtain came down.

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The production is part of the Manchester International Festival, and a spokesman for the event confirmed the injured actor was not seriously hurt, telling Britain's Daily Mail, "An actor was hurt during one of the fight scenes in a performance of 'Macbeth' on Wednesday night. We have qualified medics on site during each performance and the actor was assessed and told he was fine to continue with the evening's performance."

Branagh previously said of the play's fight scenes, "There is enormous concentration [needed] ... It is impossible to say that it is without danger. Metal clashes, sparks literally fly."

Actors are notoriously superstitious about appearing in "Macbeth" and many refuse to refer to the dark tragedy by name, calling it 'The Scottish Play' amid fears of a jinx.

Jul 13, 2013 6:46PM
As long as Branagh wasn't hurt and no one died.
I'm waiting for his Lear film, I have a feeling Ebert was right about how great it will be.

Jul 14, 2013 8:52AM
i'm glad he wasn't hurt to badly, as he was able to finish the scene.
Jul 15, 2013 11:17AM
Obviously, their superstitious precautions did not prevent this accident. Proof that superstition is not truth. It is in fact nothing more than a form of bondage.
Jul 15, 2013 5:28AM
Never give a stage actor a real sword. They are playing make-believe, give them a make-believe sword. Branagh is lucky he didn't kill the poor guy!
Jul 14, 2013 8:58PM

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