THE CROW: New Memoir Outlines Series Of Shocking Missteps That Led To Brandon Lee's Death

THE CROW: New Memoir Outlines Series Of Shocking Missteps That Led To Brandon Lee's Death THE CROW: New Memoir Outlines Series Of Shocking Missteps That Led To Brandon Lee's Death

Brandon Lee was killed while filming a scene for The Crow back in 1993, and a new memoir has outlined the series of hard-to-believe mistakes that led to the tragic accident...

By MarkCassidy - Mar 11, 2024 09:03 AM EST
Filed Under: The Crow
Source: Via FearHQ

The Crow star Brandon Lee was killed in a tragic accident while filming his lead role as Eric Draven in Alex Proyas' beloved adaptation of James O'Barr's graphic novel back in 1993, and some new details on the series of genuinely shocking mistakes that led to the actor's death have now come to light.

Director Dwight H. Little, who worked with Lee on Rapid Fire, recently released a memoir called Still Rolling: Inside the Hollywood Dream Factory, and one chapter focuses on what happened the day Lee died.

Though some of this was already public knowledge, Little was able to uncover some new information, and you may find yourself shaking your head in disbelief while reading through the list of oversights involved.

Check out the excerpts (via below.

“The tragedy was so eerie with the death of his father, also at such a young age. I went to the memorial service where Melissa Etheridge sang ‘Ain’t It Heavy.’ On top of everything else, Brandon was engaged to be married. … All these years later, these are the ‘facts’ that I have been able to gather, though I’m not sure I have the full story.

The night before the accident, the second unit was doing some shots on a different set from the main unit. There was a big (close-up) shot looking up the barrel of a gun. The camera people were worried that the barrel might seem to be empty, so a ‘slug’ or ‘dummy bullet’ of some kind was put into the barrel to keep light from getting through. When the second unit wrapped, the gun was put away for the night. No one remembered to take out the slug. When the first unit needed the gun the next day, it was taken out and a blank charge was put in for a set-up. No one from the first unit crew knew that the slug had been put in the night before and no one checked. When the actor aimed the gun at Brandon, the blank went off and the slug discharged. The slug hit Brandon in a main artery in his abdomen and he lost consciousness almost immediately.

Two things. One, the prop man or AD always looks down the barrel of the gun to see that it is clear. (The prop man is obliged to show the director that the gun barrel is empty.) Two, the actor with the gun is instructed to never aim the gun at the other actor directly. The shot is always supposed to be ‘off angle’ and the lens and composition makes it ‘look like’ the gun is aimed properly. How all these mistakes could have been made in succession is almost impossible to imagine. The odds of Brandon being shot and killed by this forgotten slug were so long that of course the speculation about a ‘curse’ began.“

As hard as it may be to comprehend all of these missteps happening in succession, we now know that this sort of negligence is far from an isolated incident, with Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed having just been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed on set when star Alec Baldwin fired what he believed to be a blank in her direction.

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"The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. Tracking down the thugs responsible for the crimes and mercilessly murdering them, Eric eventually confronts head gangster Top Dollar (Michael Wincott) to complete his macabre mission."

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Highflyer - 3/11/2024, 9:07 AM
The origin of the book, the movie and the book itself has so much tragedy in it.
lazlodaytona - 3/11/2024, 10:12 AM
@Highflyer - thus the film being so tragically good and the sequels being so tragically terrible. Such tremendous disrespect to a late, great actor.
dracula - 3/11/2024, 9:20 AM

The director and actor who fired the gun faced legal issues but not these dumb asses

Rosraf - 3/11/2024, 9:26 AM
I think some of those now-common safety protocols were put in place after and because of this accident.
lazlodaytona - 3/11/2024, 10:13 AM
@Rosraf - probably should get Alec Baldwin's opinion on that.
Steel86 - 3/11/2024, 10:31 AM
@Rosraf - You are correct. Linda, Brandon's mom, fought for higher gun safety after this and more measures were put in place.
Steel86 - 3/11/2024, 10:32 AM
@lazlodaytona - Unfortunately no matter how many protocols are put in place imperfect human beings still need to follow them and on Rust they were not.
MaxPaint - 3/11/2024, 9:32 AM
Such a tragedy...
lazlodaytona - 3/11/2024, 10:16 AM
@MaxPaint - agreed. every time I see an article on this i get upset. and this new, newer, newest, more new than the last few Crow attempts is just garbage. Hollywood. Be educated for once and leave one of these sacred properties alone. damn.
NemesisApoc - 3/11/2024, 9:43 AM
The reason it's so hard to believe that all of these mistakes could happen is that it wasn't an accident. Brandon Lee was murdered, just like his dad.
Origame - 3/11/2024, 10:12 AM
@NemesisApoc - yes, there's one singular entity in Hollywood working in the props department of two movies where the only similarity being that it has a member of the Lee family, just to murder that person. And it only happened twice. Then they left without a trace. 🙄

Quite frankly, saying a demon that's haunted Bruce Lee since he was a child makes more sense.
bobevanz - 3/11/2024, 10:12 AM
@NemesisApoc - you're running out of tin foil
DravenCorvis - 3/11/2024, 10:55 AM
@Origame - This x Infinity.

Not the first time I've heard someone suggest that Bruce and Brandon were "got" by the people.

Even when I was younger, I thought it sounded ridiculous - this would've been around when I first saw The Crow, so would've been about 12 or 13.
DravenCorvis - 3/11/2024, 10:56 AM
@DravenCorvis - "got" by the same people (damn typo!)
WruceBayne - 3/11/2024, 11:21 AM
@Origame - I get sarcasm but this was WAY funnier than it had to be.
Origame - 3/11/2024, 11:30 AM
@DravenCorvis - yeah. I'd understand if it were racism, but then why would this person just stop with Bruce and Brandon when Hollywood has plenty of Asian actors? Especially when they stopped at 2.
Origame - 3/11/2024, 11:30 AM
@WruceBayne - ?si=_Vgzjidk66htEldG
JFerguson - 3/11/2024, 1:40 PM
@NemesisApoc - Bruce Lee upset a lot of Chinese officials and triadsmen by teaching kung fu in America. Not a surprise they would want to wipe out his bloodline.

Not ruling out Hollywood racists either, but if it was murder it was probably and sadly his own people
TheFinestSmack - 3/11/2024, 9:59 AM
Origame - 3/11/2024, 10:12 AM
@TheFinestSmack - funny thing is that's not a gif.
BillyBatson1000 - 3/11/2024, 10:12 AM
I was friends with James O'Barr's girlfriend about seven years after this. She and O'Barr are in a cameo that was dropped from the final cut; people robbing Gideon's 'Pawn and Loan' shop. Of course, he blamed himself. An absolute needless tradgedy. I don't know if the deal still stands, but as long as they keep making these films, O'Barr is locked out of the rights to his own character. F ing 'Show Business'.
bobevanz - 3/11/2024, 10:28 AM
Giancarlo Esposito says that playing Professor X and Denzel Washington playing Magneto ‘would be great’ - Fade To Black podcast from yesterday
I'm not racist, I have a mixed wife, but come on.. you're going to alienate the racists and neck beards and you'll make less money no matter wtf happens
MadThanos - 3/11/2024, 11:43 AM
@bobevanz - off-topic
DocSpock - 3/11/2024, 1:02 PM
@bobevanz -

You assume that anyone who disagrees with this bad idea is racist of a neckbeard. I am mixed race, and I think this is a bad idea.

You categorize people too quickly.
Steel86 - 3/11/2024, 10:38 AM
Just a few weeks ago I had a Brandon Lee deep dive and learned all if this already. Tragic to re-read and tragic for the entire Lee family. Brandon was a rising star. A few fun facts. Brandon and Brad Pitt were good friends. And John Wick director Chad Stahelski was the body double that completed the film after his death. Common misconception is that Chad was the stunt man on the film but he wasn't. He did meet Brandon at a stunt class and said he was a really kool guy.
Batmangina - 3/11/2024, 10:41 AM
DudeGuy - 3/11/2024, 12:12 PM
@Batmangina - me and my buddy used to quote that line all the time 🤣
SATW42 - 3/11/2024, 11:52 AM
The best version of The Crow is Sting.
DudeGuy - 3/11/2024, 12:16 PM
Brandon was quoting someone else, but there is a clip where he is on set of The Crow and says this in an interview. Rest well Brandon.

ModHaterSLADE - 3/11/2024, 12:18 PM
Damn shame. The man had charisma in spades like his dad.
GeneralChaos - 3/11/2024, 12:43 PM
They need to stop using functional weapons. They don't use real swords or knives.
Blergh - 3/11/2024, 12:46 PM
The worst thing is that this is still happening, we don’t need to use real guns anymore. You can’t tell the difference between a great prop and a real gun anymore these days. CG is great as well.
The Hutchinson drama shouldn’t have happened, there was no reason for real guns on set (especially since it’s a smaller production that could have saved money on this).

And yet it’s still happening.
STINGRAY - 3/11/2024, 3:11 PM
@Blergh - RE: "...we don’t need to use real guns anymore. You can’t tell the difference between a great prop and a real gun anymore these days..."
----You are absolutely correct! In fact, there is a guy on Ebay who makes spot-on 3D Printed replicas of assorted sci-fi movie 'guns' (Blade Runner, Logan`s Run, Star Trek...Want Hellboy`s big honkin` revolver; 'The Samaritan'?) and those are full-size and look great, as is.

Put on a good metallic paint job and add some sound & visuals in Post and there would be no need for any actual real firearm to be on set during filming in any production, PERIOD.
DarthAlgar - 3/11/2024, 1:57 PM
When I look at the screenshot of Brandon Lee all I hear in my head is "I just want him."
grif - 3/11/2024, 2:44 PM
wtf? it was 30 years ago
h8red - 3/11/2024, 3:31 PM
Stunts and effects in movies and television always have a bit of danger to them. And most people involved with these are usually very careful. Little fact for you all. Some years after this tragedy, some effects companies came up with safer blanks for special made props. Very easy to use. Why there is the use of actual weapons with blanks, which are still dangerous, is beyond me. Such a tragedy that still haunts.
WATCHT0WER - 3/11/2024, 4:04 PM
To be honest, this isn't news. That has already been reported and put out for public interest years ago.

30 years ago now. Let's move on, respect the work that Lee did on the movie and respect the movie itself for the story it tells and the sacrifices that were made to make it happen.
Mrtoke - 3/11/2024, 6:56 PM
there was a show on Netflix about conspiracies that has since been take down, but in one episode, it covered his death. it said that china was basically mad at how bruce lee came out to the world about his martial arts and whatever. saying a triad member snuck onto the set, put a live round into the gun or some shit like that. idk why they took the series down. other episodes covered princess Dianas death and aliens in America and bastard son in the royal family.
dragon316 - 3/12/2024, 12:17 PM
Sad we get news of this now Alec Baldwin gets charged with murder with same situation but actor pulled trigger was he charged with murder ?

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