Actor Christopher Meloni almost shot his stunt double on the set of new movie Man Of Steel after his gun misfired during filming.

The former Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star plays Colonel Nathan Hardy in the latest Superman reboot and he spent weeks undergoing weapons training for the project - however Meloni admits he almost caused a fatal injury.

He tells New York Magazine, "We did some weapons training - shooting guns, making transitions from one weapon to another. I just had to make sure I didn't shoot my stunt guy that was sitting next to me - which I almost did. I pulled out the weapon one time, and it went off. It was loaded with blanks and exploded out, and it put a hole in the seat."