Shia LaBeouf has opened up about the eye injury on the set of the Transformers sequel, which almost cost him his sight.
Initial reports suggested the actor was injured during a controlled explosion on the set last summer (09), but the truth is far more grisly than the idea of the actor getting hit by shrapnel.
He explains, "We were in the middle of some chaos and I mistimed something and impaled my face on a spike. I came up and I had a spike in my eye and I had blood coming down my face and it was the dark, dark purplish kind, which is actually a great thing.
"If it had been red-ish and clear, it would mean my eye (had) popped."
And LaBeouf's co-stars feared the worst.
Megan Fox says, "His face was destroyed... He (LaBeouf) has the highest tolerance for pain that I've ever seen in a human being."
And castmate Josh Duhamel adds, "We thought he'd lost his eye."
LaBeouf even impressed members of the military, who were drafted in as extras during a battle scene shoot at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, when he refused to take time off after the injury.
A soldier who was among the extras witnessed the injury and told WENN last year (08), "We were all pretty impressed. To get up from a movie explosion, which leaves you injured, and get back in there is cool. He's got broken fingers from his car crash and now his eyelid has been slashed open. He's lucky he still has his sight.
"He was treated at the clinic at the airforce base and then a local ophthalmologist came by to check on his eye. He was in the clinic for about four hours and then he returned to the set once the swelling had gone down."