A stuntwoman tragically died on the set of Deadpool 2 this past summer, and Josh Brolin has now offered up his thoughts on the matter. The highly-anticipated sequel to Tim Miller's 2016 film, Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds as the eponymous character, started filming in June this past summer, with principal photography wrapping up just within this past week. Sadly, though, the movie's production was shaken when, in August, professional motorcycle road racer and stuntwoman Joi 'SJ' Harris was killed in an accident on-set in Vancouver, CA.
Harris was performing a stunt for Zazie Beetz's character, Domino, when she crashed into a sidewalk curb and was propelled through a glass window at Shaw Tower. British Columbia's worker's compensation board, WorkSafeBC, described it as being a "freak low-speed accident" in their official report. Shortly after the accident, the cast and crew released their own statements on the matter, with 20th Century Fox temporarily halting production. Although cameras started rolling again a few days later, Harris' passing was still felt on-set - and continues to be after production has wrapped.
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Josh Brolin, who plays the time-traveling mutant Cable in Deadpool 2, has been busy promoting his latest film, Only the Brave. In an interview with the Associated Press, the actor briefly expressed his thoughts on the tragic situation, also describing the crash as a "freak accident" and not exactly a stunt-gone-wrong.
“We had somebody pass away on Deadpool 2 and it was an absolute freak accident. The woman was such a wonderful woman … it wasn’t even a stunt, it was a freak accident. It was a terrible thing that happened. Was it a nano-decision that she made in order to save the bike and this, you know what I mean? You could look into it all [these ways], but sometimes things just happen that are tragic."
While on-set deaths aren't, thankfully, a common occurrence, on-set accidents certainly are, especially for major blockbuster films. For instance, some of the more publicly-covered accidents in recent years have been Tom Cruise's broken ankle on the set of Mission: Impossible 6, Dylan O'Brien's multiple injuries on Maze Runner: The Death Cure, and Olivia Jackson's motorcycle injuries on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The thing is, on-set accidents aren't restricted to movie sets; stuntman John Bernecker was killed from a head injury he suffered on the set of The Walking Dead season 8 this past summer.
On-set accidents and deaths are certainly concerning, as they should be - but production teams, as well as movie and TV studios, should be aware of all dangers, not just ones that may occur on-set. After all, long hours can lead to disastrous accidents once the cast and crew go home for the day, too.
Source: Associated Press (via EW)
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