‘Aeon Flux’ Stunt Almost Seriously Injured Star Charlize Theron

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The 2005 box office bomb ‘Aeon Flux’ might have been based on an animated series from MTV, but it failed to impress critics or audiences. Directed by Karyn Kusama, ‘The Fate of the Furious’ Charlize Theron was tapped to play the title character. The experience proved to be more harrowing than recently thought.

SlashFilm reports that Theron recounted a story of a stunt that turned deadly when an accident occurred on set that almost severely injured her.

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“You know, what happened on Aeon Flux was a very unfortunate accident, and it was very severe,” she told an Australian media outlet. “I was a centimeter away from being completely paralyzed for the rest of my life. It definitely woke me up to, OK, you have to be prepared.”

The South African actress went on to say that no one was to blame for the incident, but it definitely brought safety to the forefront of her mind.

“It was nobody’s fault, but it was just a freak accident where I landed on my neck,” she explained. “I had eight years of pain management, where I just couldn’t get rid of the spasms and the nerve damage. I ended up having a (neck) fusion four years ago, and it was the best thing I ever did. Now my body’s functioning perfectly again, and I obviously didn’t want to mess that up.”

Fortunately, she would survive the ordeal and escape relatively unscathed.

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“And I love storytelling through the physical; I think it’s the ballerina in me, the fact that I started as a dancer. I’m not interested in doing stupid things, but I am interested in learning new things. It’s different to getting on a motorcycle and doing something stupid — it’s precise,” she continued.

You can watch the film trailer below:

The movie’s synopsis is listed as follows,

“In the 25th century, the Earth’s population has dwindled to a surviving five million following a devastating virus that almost resulted in the extinction of all human life 400 years earlier. Confined to one city-state, a group of rebels, led by Handler (Frances McDormand), seeks to destroy the oppressive government — first, by assassinating a high-ranking chairman (Marton Csokas). Tasked with this mission, Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron) must integrate herself in a world of deceit and mystery.”

Despite having a successful box office opening, ‘Aeon Flux’ was ultimately a failure with critics, audiences, and fans of the original animated series. Many critics called the movie “dull” and a “travesty.” Despite this, Dark Horse Comics produced a prequel comic book to the movie in 2005.

‘Aeon Flux’ was based on an MTV animated sci-fi series created by Peter Chung. The show ran for three seasons between 1991 and 1995 for a total of 21 episodes.


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