‘Deadpool 2’ Stunt Person Dies on Set in Motorcycle Accident

A stunt person was killed on the set of “Deadpool 2” Monday morning after a trick involving a motorcycle went wrong, Variety has confirmed.

The stuntwoman was identified by several outlets as Joi “SJ” Harris, the first female African-American road racer. The sequel to “Deadpool” is filming in Vancouver. Production began in late June.

“Vancouver police can confirm that a female stunt driver has died on the set of ‘Deadpool’ during a stunt on a motorcycle,” the Vancouver PD said in a statement. The event took place around 8:20 a.m. on Monday when the stuntwoman crashed through the glass of the Shaw Tower’s ground floor studio.

WorkSafeBC spokesperson Trish Knight Chernecki said the agency has launched a long-term investigation into the accident and has a total of five officers currently on the scene.

A spokesman for 20th Century Fox commented, “We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of ‘Deadpool 2’ this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”

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Ryan Reynolds posted a statement on Twitter later on Monday, saying that the production is “heartbroken, shocked, and devastated” over the news.

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.”

According to Ben Miljure, a reporter who was on the ground with local news station CTV Vancouver, the stuntwoman was carried onto an Advanced Life Support ambulance following the accident. The vehicle stayed at the scene for about 45 minutes, and then drove off without turning on its lights or sirens.

A crew for Canadian television network Global News witnessed the rider successfully complete the stunt four times, before the fifth time when the rider lost control of the bike.

“Deadpool 2” stars Reynolds as the foul-mouthed, wisecracking titular hero. David Leitch is directing the film from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The followup to the 2016 box office hit adds “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz and Josh Brolin key roles. “Deadpool 2” is scheduled for theatrical release on June 1, 2018.

The news follows another stunt accident reported by TMZ on Sunday when Tom Cruise crashed into a wall while filming “Mission: Impossible 6,” and appeared to walk away with a limp. The extent of Cruise’s injuries are currently unknown.

(Brent Lang and Maane Khatchatourian contributed to this report)

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  1. fivish says:

    Stunt men and women risk their lives so that the actors don’t have to. They are well paid for the risks they take but there is always the risk of death. Stunt men and women acknowledge and accept the risks. However, a death on set is a tragic waste of a life for a mere entertainment.

  2. lorddionysos says:

    She must’ve already been dead then, why did the ambulance stay there for 26 minutes?

    • NEWSis99percentLIES says:

      why did the ambulance wait 45 minutes if the stunt woman needs help and no siren? something fishy is going on. probably a PR stunt but you never know.

      • Plagueincarnate says:

        Probably because it was so severe they had to try to help her there- an ALS vehicle is like a hospital on wheels

  3. Mistesia says:

    Some people say there is no oversight and no union in Vancouver films and that is why this accident happened. There is heavy union oversight in the film industry in Hollywood North (Vancouver), and Stunts Canada vets everyone working stunts. IATSE vets all set crew. UBCP the actors. And so on and so forth. This accident is a tragic misstep due to a loss of control – much the same as Olympic athletes endure severe injuries in acrobatic sports, a stunt actor endures the same… and that sometimes ends in a fatality. It is part of the business, as rare as it is. The stunt actor (whose name I do not know, otherwise I would name her) risked her life (and lost it) to help produce a believable action sequence. To pay homage to her skills, the stunt will be shown. Her family, friends, and loved ones will be heartbroken and grief stricken… but they will also know she died completing something she loved doing. May she rest in peace.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      How is it an homage or even a smart move to show the stunt?! Either someone else completed it after she died (if she had done it right, she likely wouldn’t have died), or they will show one of the times I read elsewhere she had already completed it, which means she shouldn’t have been doing it again the time it killed her.

    • Marcus Hendy says:

      Well said

  4. Marcus Hendy says:

    McDonald’s aren’t hiring bud, leave the nuggets out of it. No one mentioned ‘white’. Have respect

  5. Marcus Hendy says:

    Is it my comment that caused offence? Was simply stating cruises stunt going wrong not shadowing the tragedy of the loss of life at all just underlining the danger and respect for the profession.. peace…

  6. potato says:

    that is truly sad.the question that a lot of people will ask, who protects the stunt doubles when their job is to protect the actors on dangerous stunts?

  7. Channing says:

    The fact you would compare the loss of a human life to tom cruise having a limp is pretty disgusting.

  8. Marcus Hendy says:

    Stunt men/women are the true heroes of the film, making our heroes believable. Prayers are with the family and friends, cast and crew. The toughest job on set. So many things can go wrong, cast minds back to vic morrow and the horrific event on set of twighlight zone, job does not get any easier. Respect also due to tom cruise injured on this same day.. love and respect from a film lover and condolences for your loss. Much love …

  9. Comparing a death of a woman to Tom Cruises’ limp, classy…

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      How is this relevant to the tragedy? The same way my comment is & less. (Seems I can’t reply to your comment, so I thought I’d return the question & an answer simultaneously.)

  10. Alex Meyer says:

    How tragic. RIP.

  11. Je Vizzusi says:

    You can never condone a death on a Movie set for any reason. Runnaway Productions (left California for better Incentives) are adding to safety on set issues. No Union presence, lack of Hollywood standards on set safety, low pay, local hire and no training. Vancouver now and Georgia with tragic deaths this year. Producers feel better Incentives and locations that are cheap is best way to go. Now with a death on the set, the Film is tainted forever. Plus stoppage, investigation and possible criminal action. This sound like a human stunt gone very bad! @JEV1A

    • Adam says:

      Tim Miller wanted to tone down the raunchyness can you imagine a less raunchy Deadpool ?

      RIP unknown stuntperson all the same

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        I cannot be sure, but I imagine a less-raunchy film would have more audience (due to some viewers bringing people who are less likely to be able to stand some of the “raunchy” elements), & more of that audience would enjoy more of the film (since Miller was reportedly let go due to disagreement with Ryan, so they’d likely get someone with talent under the mask).

        Again, RIP to the unknown passer.

    • Fred Mertz. jr. says:

      Je vizzusi, which union or guild do you work for? That hit job on the Canadian film industry is uncalled for. Canada is every bit as safety-conscious as Hollywood is. If you have to make comments like that, try making them about the right-to-work states and fly-by-night production.

  12. Anon says:

    Of all people in the world, it’s TMZ. What a fine piece of terminal cancer, they are.

  13. Fred says:

    Terrible news about the stunt woman. Just trmerible. Tom Cruse has a history of crashing things. Someone I met years ago in SCCA (early 80s) , said they called him ‘Crash Cruse’.

  14. Jesse Stillman says:

    Zazie and her stunt double have been doing a lot of work recently on that black Ducati. I think it may be, sadly, Zazie’s double.

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