Vicious movie punches that weren't fake
When the script calls for characters to engage in fisticuffs, there's a wide variety of tricks that filmmakers can use to make the punches look authentic onscreen. Time-honored shot blocking techniques can make a fight appear devastatingly realistic while ensuring that nobody actually gets hurt—because it wouldn't do for Brad Pitt's million-dollar face to get rearranged just for the sake of one shot.
Or would it? It turns out there are plenty of times when all that movie magic goes right out the window—along with safety and common sense—and your favorite actors end up actually beating the tar out of each other for your entertainment.