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Gerard Butler broke neck bones while filming

Wednesday 27 Mar 2013 11:43 a.m.

Gerard Butler (Reuters)

Gerard Butler (Reuters)

Actor Gerard Butler suffered for his art while filming new action movie Olympus Has Fallen, revealing he broke two bones in his neck during the shoot.

The 300 star completed most of his own stunts in the upcoming film and Butler admits it really took a toll on his body.

He tells US TV host Jay Leno, "I was hit with a bullet casing in the eye, I ripped off a fingernail, banged up my knee... I used to sing, well that's debatable, but I lost my high notes and I went to the doctor and he said I had a serrated voice box... That was about a year ago. So I went back about a month ago and he looked down again and he said, 'You got a growth in your neck, you better go for an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) just in case.'

"So I go for an MRI and the woman comes out and says, 'Did you break a bone in your neck? You've got a bone sticking out of your neck.' I'm like, 'What?' So she says, 'You better go for a second opinion.' And so I go for another MRI and the doctor said, 'Did you break two bones in your neck?' I'm like, 'What?'

"So I broke my hyoid and my thyroid, they're just tiny, but one's sticking out. It doesn't bother me. He (the doctor) said, 'What have you been doing in the last year?', and I said, 'Well I made a movie called Olympus Has Fallen, where I pretty much got the f**king shit kicked out of me.'"


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