I don't want to freak y'all out, but I'm officially worried about Alexander Skarsgard. And this time it has nothing to do with my personal opinion/disapproval of his current love interest or some ridiculous rumors about Eric being killed on this season of True Blood (don't even think about it, writers!!). No, this time I'm, like, legit concerned about Alexander Skarsgard's health and well-being because, word has it, he's the frontrunner for the lead role in an upcoming remake of The Crow. Yikes!!
Why am I worried? Well, in case you don't remember/weren't born yet, the original film came out in 1994 and starred Brandon Lee, the handsome and talented son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Brandon Lee was perfect for the part of the rock star who returns from the dead to avenge his death and the death of his fiancee.
The 28-year-old actor clearly had a bright future ahead -- and then, tragically, he died from an accidental gunshot wound sustained on set during the last days of filming. (Apparently a props assistant failed to check the barrel of the gun used in the scene for obstructions when loading it with blank rounds; when the gun went off, a real bullet was dislodged, shooting through Brandon's abdomen and into his spine.)
Brandon's death was a terrible tragedy, and eerily reminiscent of his father's death: Bruce Lee died (somewhat mysteriously) after suffering seizures and collapsing on the set of his last film, Enter the Dragon. The cause of his death has been widely speculated, with theories ranging from an extreme allergic reaction to a painkiller to a delayed reaction to a blow to the head received while filming a scene several weeks earlier.
Whatever the cause, the fact that both father and son died suddenly and unexpectedly while filming their final movies at around the same age has led many (ahem) to wonder about the possibility of a ... curse. I mean, you have to admit, that's a pretty messed-up coincidence.
So can you blame me for being worried about Alexander Skarsgard?!
Do you think Alexander Skarsgard should star in a remake of The Crow?
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