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Eli Roth Almost Inglouriously Dies

1/6/2010 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mexico is now dangerous for another reason. Eli Roth almost got stung to death 10 days ago off the coast of Careyes.

Eli Roth

The "Inglourious Basterds" star -- and winner of Jew/Not a Jew -- was kayaking a mile from shore when he got pulled under by a whirlpool. Eli tells TMZ he tried climbing on a rock that was covered in sea urchins, with nobody in sight, but then a huge wave engulfed him ... he tried gaining his balance on the rocks and stepped on the urchins, which unleashed scores of spikes into his body.

Eli screamed for help. A nearby fisherman saved him. The doctor couldn't anesthetize his foot because of swelling, so the doc held up a needle and tweezers and said, "Be brave."

And get this. When Eli got to shore, writhing in pain, a dude in a nearby boat came over -- drink in hand -- and asked Eli to meet his kid. Eli said, "Um, really, I just almost died out there." The dude persisted, and his son -- a 20-year-old who had too much to drink -- came over for a schmoozefest. Eli held out his bloody hand and the meet and greet was over.

The Bear Jew was stung 200 times -- pins in the bottom of his feet and palms.

E.R. is in pain but ok. He tells us he's actually doing something more painful tonight ... going to the People's Choice Awards.

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Jennifer    

omg ouch. Even thinking about it makes my skin crawl. Poor guy!

1687 days ago
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Whitey    

What the hell is a "sinkhole" in the ocean?!!? New one to me...

1687 days ago
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Patch    

ahhh, what rich people get into on vacation.

poor guy!

1687 days ago
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b    

poor bear jew :(

1687 days ago
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Steve    

just be happy it wasnt Australia and a box jellyfish. He would be dead now

1687 days ago
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Tracy    

This reminds me of the time I went streaking through the desert and planted both feet upon a cactus while running. I feel your pain dude.

1687 days ago
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kromen    

The man almost dies and "fans" still want to chat him up. Would he be considered a jackhole for not signing an autograph?

1687 days ago
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jm    

Poor guy! This is the kind of information I like to read about, not who RiRi is f'ing this week (in the words of Stewie, 'must be like throwing a hotdog down a hallway).

Keep up the real news, TMZ!

1687 days ago
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The Observer    

Digging them out is not the recommended approach, at least according to Jamaican legend. Many years ago I stepped on a sea urchin while swimming in Jamaican waters. There were perhaps 25 or so barbed spines stuck in my foot when I limped out of the water.

The Jamaican nurse at the resort stated that the worst thing I could to would be to dig those barbed spines out with tweezers, which would only aggravate the wounds and risk infection, prolonging the recovery. Instead she instead recommended leaving them in and letting the body absorb them, putting up with the pain for a couple of days. After three days the pain resided and by a week it was barely noticeable.

1687 days ago
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Casey    

I feel bad for the guy, but Inglourious Basterds still stinks as a movie. What happened to Tarentino? What a disappointment he's turned out to be.

1687 days ago
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Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Hope he is doing better.He seems like a nice guy.

1687 days ago
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notabunny    

Dude needs a pedi,stat!

1687 days ago
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Mary    

What an IDIOT! Have you ever heard of Water Shoes? That's what they are there for.

1687 days ago
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dolcebambina    

wow, just thinking about it makes my skin crawl!! i hope he feels better!!!

1687 days ago
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