Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for his role as Jaime Lannister in the television series Game of Thrones, was seriously injured on the set of the new Netflix film Breaking the Ice.
Based on a true story, the film follows two members of a Danish expedition (the Alabama Expedition) that took place between 1906 and 1908. The purpose of the campaign was to prove that Greenland was one island (this fact was disputed by the United States), the participants crossed it on foot and on sledges.
To capture the essence of the dangerous and at times seemingly suicidal mission, the production team, led by director Peter Flint, decided to keep the green screen to a minimum, instead focusing on location shooting in real ice and snow (Iceland replaced Greenland in the frame).
For the sake of realism, in one of the scenes, the hero of Coster-Waldau fought a bear, whose role in a brown suit was played by the champion of Iceland in judo – a real giant of inhuman proportions. The judoka got used to the role so much that he threw the relaxed Nikolai like a rag doll. As a result, the actor received a concussion, saying that in that scene he would not have been prevented by an understudy.