I was puzzled by the following bit of trivia about the movie Now You See Me:
During filming of the scene where Henley Reeves tries to escape from a tank of water and piranhas, Isla Fisher came close to drowning. Fisher had become stuck and tried to alert the crew by banging on the window she was facing, but the cast and crew did not think anything of it because that was what the character was supposed to be doing. She was able to untangle the chain and get out of the tank safely.
Isla Fisher repeated this story in several interviews (or at least several newspapers repeated the same interview), but I find this hard to believe. Surely, every big budget movie that is shooting a dangerous scene, where the character is supposed to be acting in distress, will have a pre-arranged signal to tell the in-character distress from real distress.
This is of course common in adult movies (and unfilmed adult behavior): when in-character behavior, and behavior that should trigger immediate intervention are very close together, you agree on a safeword. If the actor can't speak, you agree on a signal that can be made without speaking.
Would the set of Now You See Me really not have one person present who would think of this before they proceeded to submerge their leading lady? Do they not have safety managers on set, who are trained in this sort of thing?