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Josh Duhamel’s experience on his new movie “Shotgun Wedding” has proven to be a pretty turbulent one. He landed the role in dramatic circumstances after he replaced Armie Hammer following Hammer’s ongoing scandal.
Now, Duhamel reveals that he almost died while shooting the movie.
Appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday to promote his new Netflix series “Jupiter’s Legacy,” Duhamel explained that while shooting “Shotgun Wedding” in the Dominican Republic, he had some time off and was staying near a cove.
The “Love, Simon” actor said that early on in the shoot, the cove was “perfectly calm” and he’d even jumped into it and swam over to the beach on his time off.
“About a week later, this place was completely different because now the ocean was really tumultuous that day and the waves were crashing like 30 feet in the air,” he continued, explaining that he was filming the violent sea on his phone.
“This rogue wave comes up as I’m video taping this thing and literally washed me almost over the edge of this cliff,” he added.
Duhamel said that the only thing that saved him from being swept away was “razor-sharp coral there that held [him] up.”
“It turned me into hamburger on many parts of my body afterwards. It was one of the near-death experiences of my life, for sure,” Duhamel said.
Duhamel then showed Fallon the video of the incident, which started with Duhamel calling the view “beautiful” before a wave crashed into him and smashed him down onto the rocky terrain.
Somehow, Duhamel managed to hold onto his phone but the only thing you can see in the video for a good few seconds is sky and sea after Duhamel was knocked off of his feet. Duhamel then managed to get to his feet.
“Shotgun Wedding” was originally set to star “The Social Network” actor Armie Hammer in the lead role opposite Jennifer Lopez, who also produces the movie. But after Hammer’s scandal broke out, wherein he allegedly sent graphic and disturbing text messages to multiple women, the actor stepped back from the movie.
In a statement, Hammer said that after the “bulls–t claims” and “spurious online attacks” against him, he could not “in good conscience now leave [his] children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic.”
Duhamel replaced Hammer earlier this year. The movie is due out in 2022.