James Nesbitt almost died

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 February 2017
James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt almost died on the set of 'Stan Lee's Lucky Man'

James Nesbitt claims 'Stan Lee's Lucky Man' bosses thought they had "killed him" with a stunt.

The 52-year-old actor had to film an underwater scene for his role of Harry in the Sky 1 drama series and producers stuffed weights in his pockets to ensure he fully sank in the tank - and because the water was "murky", divers took some time to find him and give him oxygen to help him breathe.

He recalled: "I remember filming this one underwater scene, in a 12ft tank in the studio.

"when you go in, they don't know if you're going to be a floater or a sinker so they put weights in your pockets.

"Of course, I sank like a f***ing stone. I sank like all the f***ing stones.

"It was really murky, so it took a while for the guys with the oxygen to find me, which was scary.

"And because I had the weights in my pockets, it took ages for me to get back up.

"When I finally it the surface, the whole crew was standing there terrified. I could just see them all thinking, 'F**k, we've killed him.' "

James - whose character in the cop drama can control luck with a bracelet - enjoys playing a "flawed superhero" but admitted as filming goes on, he finds shooting action scenes increasingly tricky.

He told heat magazine: "We needed to find the ordinary in the man to play the extraordinary in the story, so we created a flawed superhero.

"I also like the fact he's a bloke from Northern Ireland doing all this heroic stuff when he should be well past it. It is [action-packed]. I enjoy it, but it gets harder as you go on.

"You get a bit stiffer and you're like, 'Oh Jesus, here we go again.' "

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