Earlier this week, stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris tragically lost her life in a motorcycle accident while filming Deadpool 2 in Vancouver. As was expected with an event of this magnitude, production was temporarily halted, allowing time for the crew to grieve and regather for the rest of the filming. It wasn’t clear how long they’d be out of commission, but this morning, the production started up again, 48 hours after Harris’ passing, Deadline reported.
As was previously reported, this was Harris’ first gig as a stunt performer, and the outlet further reports that she was only brought on last Wednesday when they realized they needed a stunt performer. Harris was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, and due to her joining the production so late in the game, she was unable to get a helmet made for her.
This is, without a doubt, a very tragic incident, and it’ll likely be a very dark shadow that looms over this production as the viral marketing rolls out, and as the film eventually closes on its release. We can only hope that this helps to create stricter regulations for stunt performers in the future. The industry is very fast-paced, and there’s a lot of pressure to get things done quickly, but when you start to cut corners in productions like this, you start to put real lives in jeopardy.
We can only imagine that this news hit director David Leitch especially hard, as he had his start in the industry has a stunt double/performer in such films as Fight Club and Ocean’s Eleven. Here’s hoping that they have an eventless shoot for the rest of their production time.
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