So, how close did Elton John come to being accidentally killed by Ed Sheeran when filming their “Merry Christmas” music video? According to the behind-the-scenes footage, pretty darn close.
Sir Elton took to Instagram on Monday to share the harrowing moment when Sheeran kicks at a bunch of presents and sends a Christmas bell sailing through the air. Thankfully, Elton is looking down at the time because he’s too busy playing the piano — so the shiny gold bell narrowly misses his head.
The moment is even slowed down to show just how close it came, with the bell whizzing past the singer’s left ear and temple.
As Elton looks up after that heavy prop clatters across his grand piano, Ed steps into frame while sheepishly rubbing the back of his neck.
“Better luck next time, @teddysphotos,” Elton captioned the video and threw in the crying laughing emoji.
Sheeran previously revealed that he nearly took out the 74-year-old pop-rock legend when speaking to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe about the “Merry Christmas” music video.
“I kick a present, but the present had a big metal bell on top of it…the bell flew past his head and would’ve cracked him in the head,” Ed admitted, saying that it almost “killed him.”
Better luck next time, @edsheeran 😂#MerryChristmas pic.twitter.com/jMBZwf6thh
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) December 6, 2021
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