History Main / NotSoFakePropWeapon

23rd Jun '16 6:44:11 AM Doug86
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* In the ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' mission "Curtains Down", Agent 47 has the option of switching a prop WorldWarI pistol for a genuine one in working condition to kill a target, who is to be executed in the play ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}''. (At the time you first gain access to the level, this will be the only method of completing the mission with a Silent Assassin rating, since you won't have access to a [[HollywoodSilencer suppressor]] for your rifle yet.)

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* In the ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' mission "Curtains Down", Agent 47 has the option of switching a prop WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI pistol for a genuine one in working condition to kill a target, who is to be executed in the play ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}''. (At the time you first gain access to the level, this will be the only method of completing the mission with a Silent Assassin rating, since you won't have access to a [[HollywoodSilencer suppressor]] for your rifle yet.)
16th Jun '16 2:21:16 PM maxwellsilver
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--> '''Bluto:''' [[OhCrap Holy shit!]]\\

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--> '''Bluto:''' [[OhCrap Holy shit!]]\\shit!\\



'''Bluto:''' [[PrecisionFStrike Holy shit!]]\\

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'''Bluto:''' [[PrecisionFStrike Holy shit!]]\\shit!\\



'''Bluto:''' [[RuleOfThree Holy shit!]]\\

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'''Bluto:''' [[RuleOfThree Holy shit!]]\\shit!\\
25th May '16 12:20:35 PM Shadow200
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* In one mission in VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood, [[BigBad Cesare]] plans to have his [[TheDragon Dragon]] kill an actor who is having an relationship with his sister by using a real spear instead of a fake one to kill him during a play. Ezio and his assassins take the place of actors and stop the plan.
17th May '16 8:15:15 AM yisfidri
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** ''Light Thickens'' has a loose variation, in which the fake severed head of Macbeth is replaced on the end of a pole with the head of the decapitated murder victim.

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** ''Light Thickens'' ''Literature/LightThickens'' has a loose variation, in which the fake severed head of Macbeth is replaced on the end of a pole with the head of the decapitated murder victim.
8th May '16 1:37:13 PM Morgenthaler
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* The initial murder in ''[[InDeath Witness in Death]]'' is accomplished in this manner during a stage production of ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution''. [[spoiler: It's subverted when it turns out that the actress who did the stabbing was the one who switched the prop knife with the real one, and knew very well what she was doing when she stabbed him.]]

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* The initial murder in ''[[InDeath ''[[Literature/InDeath Witness in Death]]'' is accomplished in this manner during a stage production of ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution''. [[spoiler: It's subverted when it turns out that the actress who did the stabbing was the one who switched the prop knife with the real one, and knew very well what she was doing when she stabbed him.]]
25th Apr '16 1:04:39 PM StarTropes
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'''Bluto:''' [[RuleOfThree Holy shit!\\

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'''Bluto:''' [[RuleOfThree Holy shit!\\shit!]]\\
25th Apr '16 1:04:12 PM StarTropes
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-->'''D-Day:''' I thought I loaded it with blanks!
-->'''Flounder:''' I wasn't even aiming at him!
-->'''Bluto:''' Holy shit!
-->'''D-Day:''' ''(checks the chamber)'' I ''did'' load it with blanks!

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-->'''D-Day:''' --> '''Bluto:''' [[OhCrap Holy shit!]]\\
'''D-Day:''' There were blanks in that gun!\\
'''Flounder:'''
I thought I loaded it with blanks!
-->'''Flounder:''' I wasn't
didn't even aiming point the gun at him!
-->'''Bluto:'''
him!\\
'''Bluto:''' [[PrecisionFStrike
Holy shit!
-->'''D-Day:'''
shit!]]\\
'''D-Day:'''
''(checks the chamber)'' I ''did'' load it with blanks!They ''were'' blanks!\\
'''Flounder:''' He must have had a heart attack!\\
'''Bluto:''' [[RuleOfThree Holy shit!\\
''(All scream and run away)''
24th Apr '16 9:36:24 AM DoctorCooper
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* This trope can also apply to blunt instruments. In the non-fiction book ''The Art of Coarse Acting'' by Michael Green, which sounds like it ought to be a guidebook for starring in an AwfulBritishSexComedy but is actually a combination memoir and AffectionateParody of amateur dramatics tropes, author Michael Green expounds on the importance of viewing realistic-looking coshes and blackjacks supplied by the props department with grave suspicion.



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* The stringent safety protocols employed on most productions when using firearms were largely developed in response to famous real life examples of this trope. On the other hand, it's very hard to have a real life example using a weapon other than a firearm - the action required to stab someone with a knife is totally different from the action used by an actor to stimulate a stabbing with a fake weapon for example. Stabs, slashes and blows with weapons are generally faked in the same way and for the same reason as punches, slaps and other bare-fisted stage combat. After all - you can't really hit someone forty takes in a row, and the bruises wreck havok with continuity.
* A RealLife tragedy without the malice. On October 12, 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum was filming a scene for the CBS TV series ''Cover Up''. In the scene, he had a .44 magnum revolver loaded with blanks. After several takes, filming of the scene was delayed. As the cast and crew became more annoyed, Hexum decided to relieve the tension by performing a little joke. He grabbed the prop gun, put it to his temple and squeezed off a round. (People on the set later said that they believed that Hexum had assumed that the prop master had unloaded the gun between takes.) The blank -- which was made up of a standard bullet casing and a standard powder charge, but with a "projectile" that had the consistency of a piece of blackboard chalk -- crushed Hexum's temple. The blunt-force trauma was similar to that of being hit by a baseball bat swung by the hardest-hitting Major League-level home run slugger. Six days later, the 26-year-old actor was declared brain dead and, following to the wishes of his mother, his organs were harvested for transplant.
* BruceLee's son, Brandon Lee died during the shooting of ''The Crow'', when he was shot with a ''real'' gun. The gun was loaded with blanks, but a previous scene had seen the use of improvised dummy rounds by the second unit crew - real cartridges with the powder poured out - allowing for a shot of bullets in the revolver's cylinders when the weapon was aimed at the camera. The primer had just enough force to push the bullet into the barrel, but nobody checked the weapon properly before loading blank rounds for the actual murder scene. The blank round pushed the stuck bullet out of the barrel and Lee was ''really'' shot in the chest.
* This trope can also apply to blunt instruments. In the non-fiction book ''The Art of Coarse Acting'' by Michael Green, which sounds like it ought to be a guidebook for starring in an AwfulBritishSexComedy but is actually a combination memoir and AffectionateParody of amateur dramatics tropes, author Michael Green expounds on the importance of viewing realistic-looking coshes and blackjacks supplied by the props department with grave suspicion.
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%% Real Life goes to FatalMethodActing.
4th Mar '16 11:30:17 PM foxley
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* ''Series/NewTricks'': In "Final Curtain", the UCOS team looks into the death of an actor who was shot dead during a performance of a play. The gun was loaded with blanks, but a piece of metal lodged in the barrel killed him. The death was originally ruled an accident, but new evidence makes the team reopen the case.
25th Feb '16 2:13:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the 1980s version of the series ''V'', when an alien member of LaResistance is sword dueling with a human, the leader Diana turns on the plasma swords, making them lethal.
* ''MidsomerMurders'':

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* In the 1980s version of the series ''V'', ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', when an alien member of LaResistance is sword dueling with a human, the leader Diana turns on the plasma swords, making them lethal.
* ''MidsomerMurders'':''Series/MidsomerMurders'':



* One ''OneThousandWaysToDie'' clip has a magician killed this way while performing the bullet catch illusion.

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* One ''OneThousandWaysToDie'' ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' clip has a magician killed this way while performing the bullet catch illusion.



* ''{{CSI NY}}'' had a case that bore a few similarities to the RealLife John-Erik Hexum case. An [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin_(game) Assassin]]-esque game was going on around New York in which people eliminated each other from said game with water guns/balloons. One player, an aspiring actor, got extremely annoyed because the eliminator used a fake casting agency setup and made him go through the whole interview, thus humiliating him. He got back at the guy by hoping to scare him with a gun loaded with blanks. He didn't know that a blank gun fired at point blank range can be as lethal as a gun with real bullets.

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* ''{{CSI ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had a case that bore a few similarities to the RealLife John-Erik Hexum case. An [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin_(game) Assassin]]-esque game was going on around New York in which people eliminated each other from said game with water guns/balloons. One player, an aspiring actor, got extremely annoyed because the eliminator used a fake casting agency setup and made him go through the whole interview, thus humiliating him. He got back at the guy by hoping to scare him with a gun loaded with blanks. He didn't know that a blank gun fired at point blank range can be as lethal as a gun with real bullets.
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