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 frightening minute on the set of American Gangster.


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While Idris was dealing with the 2007 flick, he needed to movie a scene where he was shot in the head by Denzel Washington’s character Frank.


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Although Denzel was utilizing an empty weapon with a strong filled-in barrel, the recoil sufficed to make Idris think he’d truly 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 informed The Daily Mail of the scene.

Ridley discussed that prior to recording he had actually asked Idris to lean his head into the empty weapon in order to include realism — however Idris didn’t understand the recoil would really stun 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 discussed.

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 need to have had a frightening couple of minutes, guns professional Paul Biddiss, who deals with Ridley, repeated that the star was never ever in risk and discussed how it worked.


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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 included, “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 never ever in risk, it certainly seems like it was a frightening circumstance for him!

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