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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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Mexico is not dangerous. People are just stupid and do things that probably don't sound like a good idea.

1754 days ago


May the One who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, bless Eli with healing. May the Holy One have mercy on him, heal, strengthen and revive him. Speedily grant him a complete healing, a healing of the soul and a healing of the body, along with all who are ill, now and swiftly. And let us say: Amen.

1754 days ago


OUCH !! Man oh Man that had to hurt like hell !! Fans ! Oh well as always Eli was a gentleman about it.

Paying attention James Cameron????

1754 days ago


Holy cow, now THAT'S a Jew! And he can teach Cameron a lesson, still meeting the obnoxious fans when he's on death door rather than disappoint- that's amazing!

1754 days ago


Mexico is a dangerous, FAILED, 3rd world country....for many, many reasons !

1754 days ago


"Winner of the jew/not jew contest. You guys are hilarious!

1754 days ago


Please, don't scare me like this anymore!!! Eli can not die, he is too fine and funny! Phew!!!

1754 days ago

Liquid LQ    

Bummer... but he got lucky. As a former pro-surfer we were down in Panama. A guy in our part step on an urchin. On of the spines went through his foot, bottom to top, dead center about an inch behind the middle of his toes. The problem. When to the spine breaks, the meat inside the spine swells. The spine went from the size of a pencil lead to the size of a pencil. I've seen the face of total agony. And with no disrespect, Eli got off with a warning... 200xs. But still, my friend in a sense got crucified. What comes from this... know your surroundings. Before you make a move.

1754 days ago


oh - what an almost loss for humanity. imagine the world without more hostel films.

what a wasted life . . .

1754 days ago


AAw.. : ( But thank goodness he's ok! i

1754 days ago


If Eli does die, does Harvy claim his Jew/Not a Jew prizes?

1754 days ago


That foot photo in the sandal with the toe bandage looks like a female's foot!!!!! A male in those sandals??? Really??? I don't think so.

1754 days ago


Yikes!! Poor Guy!! This is the first I've heard of him (didn't see the film) (thought he was a tmz crew member) Hope he gets better quick!!!

1754 days ago


If anything happens like this -- you should pee on it -- it really does work!!

1754 days ago


Wow, hope he's ok. Eli's such a hot guy. The things I'd do to his hot foot with my tongue, urchins or no urchins. Eli you want a hot foot rub and lick, hit me up.

1754 days ago
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