Do You Have a Disability Plan? Hollywood Stars Need them Too
By: Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD
A post on the Hollywood Reporter Website highlights a major risk most people underestimate and ignore, the possibility of an injury, illness or disability cutting short your career. The story describes 20 famous Hollywood actors and movies and stunts that resulted in injuries that ranged from minor, to disabling and worse. Everyone faces these risks.
Here’s and excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter story, then we’ll discuss how you should plan for these risks. Remember, you don’t need to be Brad Pitt or George Clooney to slip on the job, fall down a flight of stairs, or have another disabling accident. And, if you think about how careful Hollywood must be with actors making $10 million + for a movie, imagine how risky your surroundings might be!
“Lights, Camera, Accident! 20 Hollywood Stunts Gone Wrong”
George Clooney, 'Syriana'
During filming for Syriana, George Clooney suffered a spinal injury while performing a stunt that left him in so much pain he considered ending his life. "I was at a point where I thought, 'I can't exist like this. I can't actually live,' " the actor said in an interview. "I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you're having a stroke and for a short three-week period, I started to think, 'I may have to do something drastic about this.' " Clooney, who won an Oscar for his role, turned to alcohol to help alleviate the pain and has since had surgery, though he still suffers from occasional headaches.
Be worried. Better yet be proactive and protect yourself and your loved ones. What you need to do to protect yourself:
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