Josh Brolin Mourns ‘Deadpool 2’ Stuntwoman’s Death: It Was an ‘Absolute Freak Accident’

Josh Brolin'Only the Brave' film screening,
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Josh Brolin spoke about the death of stuntwoman Joi “S.J.” Harris while working on “Deadpool 2” in an interview Saturday after the film wrapped shooting.

“We had somebody pass away on ‘Deadpool 2’ and it was an absolute freak accident,” Brolin told The Associated Press in an interview about his new film “Only the Brave.” Harris died in August after she lost control of her motorcycle and crashed into a Vancouver building.

“The woman was such a wonderful woman … it wasn’t even a stunt, it was a freak accident,” the actor, who plays Cable, said. “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.”

According to reports, Harris, the first female African-American road racer, was brought on at the last minute to fill a vacancy on set, and although she was an experienced motorcycle racer, her work on “Deadpool 2” was her first time doing stuntwork. As a result, her death raised questions about hiring practices surrounding stuntwork. Harris was the stunt double for Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino in the film.

Beetz, Ryan Reynolds, director David Leitch, and 20th Century Fox all lamented her death at the time of the accident. Porsche Taylor, Harris’s manager, said that she “died doing what she loved.”