It isn’t unlikely for a movie hero to take a bullet or two and go onto perform pretty spectacular gymnastics while ultimately saving the day.
Christ, if you’re Uma Thurman you can even get shot in the head and survive.
But as is often the case, the reality is not that easy – bullets just don’t work like that.
As reported in the Daily Mail, TV and radio presenter Greg Foot said:
Anatomically pigs are a pretty close match to us, which makes them pretty good stunt doubles.
After being shot, all that’s visible is a tiny bullet hole – but by that point, the damage has already been done.
For soft targets like flesh, bullets find it very easy to punch their way through.
You’re left with this hole that we can see, but you’ve also had internal damage from your flesh expanding and then falling back in on itself.
And this GIF of a bullet hitting gelatin makes it all even clearer, according to Foot.
Foot explains that what the bullet is doing is transferring its momentum to the gelatin which results in a temporary and very painful cavity being formed.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.