November 5th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
If you're squeamish, you may not last long during a screening of Danny Boyle's "127 Hours."
Movieline reports that the just-released film, in which James Franco re-enacts trapped mountain climber Aron Ralston's arm-amputation scene, has caused fainting spells, panic attacks and even seizures among early audiences.
At the Telluride Film Festival in September, paramedics reportedly treated an older gentleman for light-headedness, as well as a young woman who had a panic attack. That same month, three people passed out and one individual had a seizure at the Toronto Film Festival.
October was especially rough, with additional blackouts reported at screenings at the Pixar Theater, the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art and Huntington Beach. A Private Producers Guild showing brought on a seizure while the London Film Festival saw viewers vomiting.
More recently, the film's November 3 premiere in Los Angeles featured a female in her 20s having a seizure well before Franco's character starts slicing into his skin. The L.A. Times reports that after the show, director Boyle told the audience the incident was the result of a diabetic condition and that the woman, who had been taken to Cedars-Sinai medical center for treatment, "said it had nothing to do with the movie.”
While some have questioned whether all of this woozy news is just a publicity stunt to draw curious viewers to theaters, Fox Searchlight co-president Stephen Gilula insists the reports are real.
“I would prefer that people not pass out; it’s not a plus," he says. "We don’t see a particular publicity value in it.”
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