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How much can a superhero claim?

10 March, 2015

First4Lawyers Superhero

Hugh Jackman is part of a long list of actors who are willing to push themselves to the limits for their roles. Eschewing stunt doubles, many actors are tackling the dangerous manoeuvres themselves, with the likes of Daniel Craig, Christian Bale and Matt Damon performing stunts that would leave others shaking at the knees.

While this may be the latest trend for A-list actions stars, Hugh Jackman may be leaving the fold after a dramatic incident on set left the star fearing for his life. Fans of the Wolverine franchise will have loved the dramatic scene on a train starring the clawed superhuman, but in real life the actor danced with death when attempting to perform the stunts himself.

Whilst swinging out of a train carriage, Jackman caught his neck, which left him fearing he had in fact broken his spine, which left himself and actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness incredibly shaken.

The star told Notebook magazine: “In the film, there’s a scene where I swing from inside to outside a train and my neck got caught. I thought I had broken it. “It was one of those moments when my wife looked at me and said, ‘What are you doing? Enough playing in the schoolyard! You are not invincible!’ I’m smarter about using a stunt double now.”

While Jackman may have left the set relatively unscathed, his character Wolverine has not been so lucky. In fact, most superheroes, while seemingly invincible, have in fact been created as the result of a terrible accident. Jackman’s Wolverine character spends years living Spartan, but he could be entitled to compensation, along with several other famous heroes who save the world and deliver justice.

Find out just how much some of the world’s best known heroes and villains could claim.