Friday, December 12, 2008

The show must go on

This is like something from Midsomer Murders...
An actor slit his throat on stage when the prop knife for his suicide scene turned out to be a real one.

Daniel Hoevels, 30, slumped over with blood pouring from his neck while the audience broke into applause at the "special effect". Police are investigating whether the knife was a mistake or a murder plot. They are questioning the rest of the cast, and backstage hands with access to props; they will also carry out DNA tests.

Things went wrong at Vienna's Burgtheater as Hoevels' character went to "kill himself" in the final scene of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart, about Mary Queen of Scots, on Saturday night

It was only when he did not get up to take a bow that anyone realised something had gone wrong.

Though bleeding profusely, Hoevels survived because the knife missed the carotid artery as it sliced into his neck.

Mind you, one cannot pretend that he hasn't got nerves of steel...
After emergency treatment at a hospital, Hoevels declared that the show must go on, and returned to the stage on Sunday night with a bandage tied around his neck, ready to once again meet his mock demise.

Now that's dedication.


Anonymous said...

Actors are a suspect lot, just like poets.

When my New World Order reigns supreme, they will all be executed and buried in shallow graves. Except for the hot chicks, of course, who will serve in my harem.

The Remittance Man said...

Now that's dedication.

Or maybe just a man with a very good idea about how to manage his career. Are the cops checking whether it wasn't him or his agent who switched the knives?

wv "Confessi" I shit you not.

Roger Thornhill said...

I bet the actress playing Mary is bricking herself.

Not much chance for her if the axe was real...


If one can not tell a real knife from a prop,should he be let out on his own?