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"Brandon" is Brandon Lee, who plays Eric Draven, and was accidentally killed on the set of the movie. "Eliza" was his fiancée Eliza Hutton. They were to have been married less than two weeks after the film wrapped.

How did Brandon Lee die?

A pivotal scene in the movie calls for Brandon Lee's character, Eric Draven, to enter his apartment to find his girlfriend Shelly being assaulted by a group of thugs. One of the thugs, played by Michael Massee, points a gun at Eric and shoots him the chest.

The gun used in the scene, a .44 Magnum revolver, had previously been used in another scene where a character points it directly at the camera. In close up shots like this, the chambers of a revolver, which will be visible, are filled with dummy rounds so that the gun looks loaded. The dummy cartridges have the gunpowder and primer removed so that they still look real but cannot actually be fired. On the Crow, the production team, which was running behind schedule, chose not to purchase commercially made dummy rounds but rather to modify live ammunition to make dummy rounds. They did so by removing the powder from the rounds, but they forget to remove the primer. At some point, either during the scene or after it, the gun was discharged, setting off the primer and pushing one of the dummy rounds part way down the barrel of the gun.

On the day of Lee's death the weapons master was not on set. Another member of the props department prepared the gun for the scene and apparently did not check to make sure that there was nothing in the barrel. For the assault scene, the gun was loaded with blanks, rounds which contain powder and primer but no bullet. This is done so that the gun can produce a gunshot when fired but will not actually send a bullet flying. When Michael Massee fired the gun in the scene, the gunpowder from blank round caused the bullet lodged in the chamber to be fired at Lee with almost as much force as a live round. Lee was rushed to a hospital, where he died after several hours of surgery.

The following scenes were completed after Lee's death:

Draven first enters the apartment after digging himself out of his grave. The effects team digitally added footage of Lee walking through an alley to a scene in which he walks through a doorway. They added drops of water to the door frame to explain the drops of water on Lee's back.

Draven puts on make-up. The effects team added Lee's face to the reflection in the shards of the mirror.

Draven walks to the window, with the crow on his shoulder. A double played this scene. The effects team added Lee's face during lightning flashes.

Sarah visits the apartment. A double plays the scene. We don't see Draven's face.

You can find these scenes on YouTube here.

They can also be found on the Collectors Edition DVD.

Besides the fact that the Workprint featues several story extensions that were cut for pacing reasons there are numerous violent scenes visible, which presumably had to be cut for the R-Rating. A detailed comparison with pictures can be found here.

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