'Deadpool 2' Stuntwoman Killed In Motorcycle Crash On Set
Posted 2017/08/15 2135 0
A female stunt person has died while performing a motorcycle stunt on the set of "Deadpool 2."
Ms Joi SJ Harris, who was reportedly the first licensed female African American road racer in the US, was killed on Monday morning in Vancouver, Canada. Witnesses said that the female motorcyclist crashed her bike in the Jack Poole Plaza in the Canadian city of Vancouver. She reportedly went airborne before crashing through glass at Shaw Tower. Onlookers originally thought that the crash was a choreographed part of the filming, but soon realised that the incident was unintended. Some witnesses reportedly said the stunt driver may not have applied her brakes before the crash.
A source close to the situation said Harris, who was an experienced road racer, had been rehearsing the stunt all day Saturday. A studio production source said that there were “two full days of rehearsals over the weekend, and on Monday, they ran the stunt five-plus times before filming.”
Production on the superhero sequel was shut down immediately after the fatality, and there’s no word on when filming will resume. It’s the second on-set death in North America in a month; John Bernecker suffered massive head injuries in a fall July 12 on the set of The Walking Dead and died shortly afterward.
Star Ryan Reynolds posted a statement on Twitter, which read: "Today, we tragically lose a member of our crew while filming Deadpool.
"We're heartbroken, shocked and devastated... but recognise nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment.
"My heart pours out to them - along with each and every person she touched in this world."
Director David Leitch also mourned Harris’ death. “I’m deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today,” he wrote in a statement. “No words can express how I and the rest of the ‘Deadpool 2’ crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and loved ones in this difficult time.”