Halle Berry Broke Her Ribs On John Wick And It Shut Down Production. So, This Time She Acted Through The Pain

Halle Berry is a badass, and we've seen her be a badass in many of her films. She's more than capable of being an impressive action hero when given the chance, but it seems that not only is Halle Berry capable of playing a badass in the movies, she's legitimately one in real life. Her upcoming film Bruised, which she also directed, stars the actress as an MMA fighter and she does the fighting herself. The reason we know that is that she apparently broke her ribs while making the film, and then proceeded to keep making the movie rather than heal. And this wasn't even the first time she broke ribs on a movie as the same thing happened on the set of the last John Wick movie.

We'd previously heard that Halle Berry broke three ribs while rehearsing for her role in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. But while speaking with EW about her new movie she reveals that when she told director Chad Stahelski what happened, it brought the movie to a halt. As the director, Berry was particularly aware of what a shutdown like that would cost her new movie, so she decided to simply work through the pain. According to Berry...

[On Wick] I told the director about it, they told the insurance. We had to shut down for months and it was a big ordeal. On [Bruised], because it was an independent movie, we didn’t have a big budget. The director in me said, ‘I didn’t come this far and work this hard to go home.'

On the one hand, it's understandable why Halle Berry, as a director, would want to push through. At the same time, Halle Berry the actress had to be in pain. It would be one thing if the break, which broke two different ribs than the ones that were broken the first time around, happened near the end of production and she simply needed to push through for a few days. However, the injury was sustained on literally the first day of filming.

I suppose this is one of the benefits of being both the director and the star of a movie. If somebody else had sustained such an injury on the set, Halle Berry likely would have taken the necessary precautions to make sure they were ok, even if that meant shutting down production of her independent movie. But in this case the director was more than willing to push the star to work through, and the star was willing to do it.

It doesn't sound like Halle Berry had to deal with any long term consequences from working through the injury rather than resting. It surely made the shoot less than comfortable, but now that filming is over and the movie is nearing release, it will hit Netflix in November, she's probably feeling little pain.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.