We learned last month from Nikki Reed that one of the scariest moments on the “Eclipse” set was when Jackson Rathbone got punched. The third movie is the most action-packed of all the “Twilight Saga” films, and fortunately, Jackson was the only cast member to be hurt in any sort of serious way.
He and Kellan Lutz were practicing a scene in the film in which Jasper is teaching Emmett how to battle newborn vampires, and an accidental punch from Kellan caught Jackson in the temple and ended up with him being sent to the hospital. “Kellan and I were going over our moves — we hadn’t had any time to rehearse — and we were out in mud, so it was really slick and everything,” Jackson recalled to MTV News. “He punched too low, and I didn’t duck low enough. He caught me right in the temple, kind of knocked me for a loop. I didn’t fall, but I was kind of out of it for the next couple takes.”
Lucky for Jackson, he happened to have a comrade on set who noticed he was acting a little weird. “My agent happened to be on set and was trying to talk to me apparently during the takes, and I wasn’t listening or I wasn’t really aware of what was happening,” he said. “He was like, ’I think Jackson’s kind of thrown for a loop. We should get him checked out.’ Apparently, I wasn’t speaking in full sentences, and I had a mild concussion. So they sent me to the hospital to get my brain checked out.”
The star said that he was back at work by 5 am the next morning. “I heal quickly, you know. I’m like Wolverine, back in a jiffy,” he joked. The irony of it all is that while working on “The Last Airbender,” which required months of Kung Fu training and highly choreographed fight scenes, he wasn’t injured — yet, on the set of the “Twilight” movie, one little punch sent him to the hospital.
“I’m glad it wasn’t a sword!” he said with a laugh, adding, “Hey, getting hit by a guy like Kellan and not falling down? I’m pretty happy with that.” Sounds like he was pretty lucky after all.