An apparently freak accident during second-unit filming on Castle Rock Entertainment’s “Proof of Life” starring Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe resulted in the death of an actor’s stand-in on Sunday morning in Quito, Ecuador.
Will Gaffney, who served as David Morse’s stand-in and photo double, was killed during a seemingly ordinary shot of a flatbed truck driving 15 mph on a mountain road. Sources said the truck unexpectedly turned to the left and drove off the cliff. Gaffney was riding in the back of the truck.
Five others in the vehicle, all local extras, were hospitalized for their injuries. No word was available on the identity or condition of the driver.”We are all deeply pained by the tragic loss of Will Gaffney, and the production is doing everything possible for his wife and family,” said “Proof” director Taylor Hackford.
Hackford added that while there were many stunts in the picture, which are performed by qualified stunt people, no stunts were involved in this shot.
“The weather and circumstances were perfect. No one, at this time, has any idea what happened other than to say it was a freak accident,” Hackford said.
“Proof of Life” began filming in Ecuador in early March. The production has been shooting in Quito and outlying cities.