Evangeline Lilly wanted to do her own stunts on the set of Lost – but her request resulted in her being painfully punished by the show’s “misogynistic” stunt coordinator.
Evangeline Lilly has revealed that she flayed the skin off both of her forearms during a stunt that went wrong on the set of Lost.
“There were open wounds,” she said during a panel discussion for Marvel’s upcoming movie, Ant-Man, in which she plays the Wasp.
“I looked like a mutant. My mom said, ‘You’ll never be able to wear an evening gown again.’”
More horrifying than this recollection of the “pus-y and oozing” wounds, though, is the fact that Lilly believes a male stunt coordinator deliberately allowed the accident to happen.
According to Deadline, the stunt in question saw Lilly having to roll off a tree branch, a moment which occurs in the show’s sixth and final season. She added that she was harnessed to the branch eliminating any chance of falling.
However, Lilly said the “misogynistic” coordinator was angry that she had asked to do the stunt herself instead of hiring a stuntwoman. So, when she asked to have moleskin – a light fabric used to prevent abrasions – wrapped around her forearms, he refused, insisting that it would be visible in the take. (Lilly has alleged that this was a lie: “It wouldn’t show on screen.”)
The actress proceeded to film the stunt bare-armed, which meant that more and more of skin was ripped from her arms after each take. The coordinator witnessed this, but again refused to apply the protective fabric to her arms. Instead, he had New Skin – a liquid-bandage brand – painfully applied to Lilly’s wounds, before sending her back up the tree to do the stunt all over again.
“I felt it was him saying, ‘I’m going to put you in your place for standing up to me,’” she said. “It was either cow to his power or hurt myself.
“I was in my 20s then. Now, I would probably back down.”
Earlier this year, Uma Thurman similarlyrecalled being injured in a Kill Bill car stunt – which she says director Quentin Tarantino had heavily pressured her into performing herself, despite teamsters saying that the car “might not be working that well”.
“The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me,” she said.
“I felt this searing pain and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again.’”
Thurman added: “When I came back from the hospital in a neck brace with my knees damaged and a large massive egg on my head and a concussion, I wanted to see the car and I was very upset.
“Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me. And he was very angry at that, I guess understandably, because he didn’t feel he had tried to kill me.”
Lilly will next be seen playing the titular Wasp in Marvel sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp alongside Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The film will be released in the UK on 3 August.