Man breaks his own leg to survive in canyon where '127 Hours' is set. Should some movies tell us to 'not try this at home'?


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There’s a reason I’ll never work on a swordfishing boat, hike the Alaskan wilderness without food or supplies, or trudge up Mount Doom with a greedy little mutant hobbit in tow. It’s because film — and, in two of these cases, real life — has told me that these are very dangerous feats. Yet, it seems Hollywood still hasn’t convinced some people — one man in particular recently found himself mimicking one film’s petrifying premise. The Associated Press reports that 64-year-old Amos Wayne Richards survived four days alone in the Utah desert after breaking a leg and dislocating his shoulder on a hike — in the exact same canyon in which 127 Hours took place.

Talk about tempting fate. But, since it seems Richards had seen the film about a hiker who cuts off his own arm after getting trapped by a boulder, it’s a story that makes you wonder — now, give me a second to plant my head on my desk — whether some movies actually do need a “Don’t try this at home” warning. After all, we have become a nation in which teens need to be told not to mimic the vomit-inducing Jackass stunts. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that some people may be eager to copy lethal stunts as well. So should Bond films warn us against ruining our perfectly good suits and expensive cars in high-speed chases? Quentin Tarantino movies inform us of the dangers of keeping gimps in our basements? Or, should we all just keep in mind that movies are movies, death is decidedly not glamorous, and some people just deserve Darwin Awards?

I vote the latter. What say you, PopWatchers?

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  • susurra

    it’s 127…those hundred hours made a big difference.

  • KBC

    Wow, EW, really? 127 Hours! Fail.

    • GarlicBreath

      And it’s not even a typo – they did it in the headline AND the article!

    • nodnarb

      It’s not like it was a Best Picture nominee or anything.

  • mark

    i think it’s 127 hours…it’s 27 dresses which made me want to cut something else off

  • HT

    Most teenagers need to be told to not act like “jackasses.” This dude is 64 years old. He’s obviously been cheating evolution for a while now.

  • Jake

    This guy should be held responsible for every single penny spent dragging his dumb ass out of that canyon.

  • heej

    I think they meant 27 Minutes, the new weekly sitcom featuring injured hikers.

  • Beauty

    This article makes it sound like the guy did it on purpose. From what I understood he fell 10 feet and broke his leg. Was it on purpose now?

    • Stacie

      That’s why you always leave a note.

  • nt

    ….. and thats why you always leave a note!

  • Chesticles Bruuggennhoffer

    The point is not whether he did it on purpose. The point is that he took off for a dangerous, remote wilderness by himself. To an area that is pretty well known for making even skilled hikers/climbers its bitch, he went – ALONE.

  • brook607

    This author is stupid. The movie 127 Hours is based on a true story. The guy fell and his arm got trapped under a boulder and he couldn’t escape, so either he cut his arm off, or die. And what is she saying about this other 64 year old hiker? Did he injure himself accidently or on purpose? She makes it sound like it was on purpose.

  • ol

    How exactly was he mimicking the 127 Hours premises? It’s not like he broke his leg on purpose – you’re making it sound like he did just that just because it happened to be in the same area the other guy was in! The stupid thing he did that the 127 Hours guy did was not tell anyone of where he was going, but that was certainly not “mimicking” him. Plus, the 127 Hours guy cut off his arm to SAVE his own life. And you’re comparing that to car chases and Jackass stunts??

  • aughra

    You’re right. We should all sit at home in front of our computers and t.v.s until we die of heart attacks. We can watch the beauty of our country from the safety of our sofa. At least, until the satellites fall from the sky on our house.

  • JD

    i don’t think i understand that author’s point here…my take away from 127 hours (and i assume most rational people felt the same way) wasn’t “hiking in this canyon is dangerous, don’t ever do it!” it was “always tell someone where you’re going and when you intend to come back.” people aren’t going to just stop hiking or rock climbing in that area simply because of an issue that one person had. but they should be smart enough to make sure there is at least one person that knows where they’re going, and when they’re planning to return, in case things go wrong.

  • Miss M.

    I don’t get it. The guy fell and broke his leg, and it happened to be in the same canyon where “127 Hours” took place. So what? Why is this on EW at all? Did you guys finally run out of “Glee” and “Twilight” news? Is that why this pointless filler article is up?

  • Ana170

    The man was inspired by the movie to hike the same canyon in which it took place. He even left without telling anyone he was going, same as the guy in the movie. Breaking his leg was an accident. This case isn’t nearly as bad as that idiot who tried to drink his girlfriend’s blood after seeing “Interview with a Vampire”.

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