An actor is playing a character who is in danger. He is screaming at the top of his lungs: "Help me! Help me! I'm in danger!"

Then, for whatever reason, the actor gets in actual danger, like he is in pain and needs actual helps.

How does the actor signal that he is not playing anymore, so that the crew stops filming and comes helping him?

Of course this could be done in many ways, but I'm interested in:

  • Standard protocols to handle this situation, if there are.

  • Documented examples.

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    "The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades." -Demetri Martin
    – GendoIkari
    Dec 7, 2020 at 22:00
  • Something similar happened to the female lead in Now You See Me. It is the responsibility of the stunt coordinator or safety officer to pay close attention to situations which might pose a danger to the actor. But, it is not fool-proof.
    – Dean F.
    Dec 7, 2020 at 22:09
  • "Documented examples" is a list question and thus off-topic.
    – BCdotWEB
    Dec 8, 2020 at 8:26
  • @Paulie_D Thanks but that question is about the specific case of "Now you see me" tank scene
    – user38141
    Dec 8, 2020 at 12:36
  • I'd probably yell "Cut!"
    – ruffdove
    Dec 9, 2020 at 3:00


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