Marvel Netflix shows can have some brutal fight scenes in them, so you have to imagine there are some mistakes when it comes to the stunt work. We can hope that just means some bruises and some swollen knuckles, and most of the time it was that. However, in an interview with Vulture, Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter described a mishap where she almost bit through her tongue.
Yes, all the time. Unfortunately, it’s a numbers game at a certain point. When you’re working for 12 months straight, you’re doing so many stunts, of course you’re bound to have some accidents. One wrong move or one wrong step and you’re going to hurt yourself. I punched somebody by accident. I was a few inches off my mark and he wasn’t wearing a pad on his chest and the guy was built like a tank, so then my knuckles blew up and swelled up. It looked worse than it actually was. Another time, I basically got punched in the chin. I bit almost through my tongue.
If that sounds bad, and for anyone who has ever bit through their tongue, it is bad. It hurts a lot, and it’s very hard to heal because you can’t really rest your tongue. You need to eat, but as Ritter says, the tongue heals fast — and she wears her on set injuries like a badge of honor.
Yeah, it was awful. That was in the early episodes of this season. It was just one wrong move — a guy went to push me or pick me up and I got his shoulder under my jaw and I totally saw stars. What really fucked me up was the blood, because I had bit my tongue so bad that I thought it was worse than it was. But your tongue heals really fast. You couldn’t see it, there was no damage to my face, so I kept working. [Laughs.] But, yeah, there’s a lot of bruises. A lot of bruised knees from flying around. Now I know anytime you have to do anything, just put the knee pads on. Even if it’s just, like, grabbing something that fell. Just put the knee pads on! Anything can happen! I have so many photos where my elbows and knees are so bruised. I wear it like a badge of honor.
That’s a great way of looking at it. We think of acting as a glamorous job, but the truth is it can be really brutal. These shoots for the Netflix shows are months long, and when you’re working that much, mistakes are going to be made. The key is making sure people only walk away with cuts and bruises and not something much worse.
Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.
Jessica Jones, created by Melissa Rosenberg, stars Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, J.R. Ramirez, Carrie-Anne Moss, and David Tennant. The second season is out on Netflix now.