Jimmy Smits’ Stunt Stab Gone Wrong on ‘Dexter’

Celebuzz / October 3, 2008

Jimmy Smits is doing a three-episode guest stint on Emmy-nominated cable hit Dexter.

But one thing he probably didn’t have in mind when signing on was stabbing a stunt actor—almost fatally—with a real knife while shooting a scene.

Contact Music reports that Smits was to stab action man Jeff Chase with a prop knife, but accidentally grabbed a real blade.

“For the scene, I was bound in Saran Wrap, duct tape over my mouth. I couldn’t say a thing as I saw Jimmy grab at the knife,” recounts Chase. “He picked up the real one by pure mistake. It was a mean looking knife.”

Dexter lead actor Michael C. Hall caught what was about to happen and apparently yelled for Smits to stop, but it was too late, says Chase.

I felt the thud in my chest… I had a piece of acrylic clear plastic about the size of a Post-it note over my heart… In eight out of 10 takes with the prop knife, Jimmy had missed the plastic. But by a miracle, an act of God, the knife landed at the very edge of the plastic.”

Accidents on the set seem to be running rampant in Hollywood lately. But thankfully Jeff survived.