Coogan nearly blinded in onset accident

The Around The World in 80 Days funnyman, who played a toy soldier in the comedy, was hit in the eye by a giant plastic prop during an action sequence – causing momentary blindness.

The star was so badly hurt that film bosses had to use heavy make-up to cover the bruising for the remainder of the shoot.

Coogan says, “Honestly, on that film, I really thought I might go blind. During filming one day, I was running along – I play a toy soldier – scampering past these giant blades of plastic grass. But, being really old, I got out of breath, so I stopped. And as I bent over to catch my breath, one of these blades of grass went right in my eye.

“It was horrific – it pushed my eyelid over the top of my eyeball and down over the other side. I bruised my ruddy eyeball – actually, I nearly blinded myself. I stopped and put my hand over my eye – I thought I’d have blood gushing out – I couldn’t see anything. My head went numb. I had a black eye for the whole of the rest of the film. They had to cover it up with make-up every day.”