[UPDATED] DEADPOOL 2 To Resume Filming Following Stuntwoman's Tragic Accident

The events of the last 72 hours have been, to say the least, pressing. The tragedy that struck the outdoor set of 20th Century Fox's upcoming sequel, Deadpool 2, serves as a staunch reminder of how dangerous the craft of stunt performance can be, as is always the case, and with the occasional on-set mishaps that can occur on set.

These are, in sum, the conditions from which the production now works on recovering from as filming returns from its two-day hiatus in the wake of the tragic accident that occured on Monday with the death of Joi "SJ" Harris. Harris, pioneering as the first African-American female professional road racer licensed years earlier to compete by American Motorcyclist Association, imported from New York City to the Vancouver set where the specific stunt required was rehearsed all of Saturday and Sunday, and more than five times on Monday. It would have been her first featured film stunt credit doubling for Domino principal, actress Zazie Beetz.

The news also comes with reports of conflicting statements between the production and the studio with the latter suggesting that work hours have been much less than the 16-hour figure being posited by the crew.

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Harris's death marks the second stunt-related death this summer following news of stuntman John Bernecker's death on July 14 from a fatal fall on the Georgia set of AMC's The Walking Dead - both of which are under investigation by respective local police departments. The two incidents were the highlight of a recent CBS This Morning interview with Jon Miguel, an experienced TV and film actor and stunt professional for ten years, who stated the case for the often debated, current on-set conditions for stunt performers, a topic that also rose awareness in recent weeks with SAG/AFTRA elections.
"A lot has to do with the fact that there aren't really a lot of formal regulations," said Jon Miguel, co-founder of Stuntactical. 
"There isn't as much as an emphasis on making sure that: 1. How can I do this stunt safely, and 2. Can I do this stunt at all?" Miguel said. 
Miguel says in his experience, on-set stunt safety isn't clearly outlined and that needs to change.   
"When you don't have any regulations in place, then bad things are bound to happen," Miguel said.
Both starring Deadpool 2 actor/producer Ryan Reynolds and helmer David Leitch (Atomic Blonde) took to their own platforms to express their thoughts and condolences with fans as did Fox, and Vancouver's own Mayor Gregor Robertson.
David Leitch, director of Deadpool 2 said in a statement to Deadline: “I’m deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today. 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.” A 20th Century Fox spokesman told Deadline: “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.” 
“We are extremely saddened to hear of the tragic incident that took the life of a stuntwoman working on the set of Deadpool 2 downtown earlier today,” [Robertson] said in a statement. “Our condolences go out to her family and friends, and to all those working on set who have been impacted by the loss of their colleague. We will continue to support the crew and production as they work to recover emotionally and as they continue their next phase of filming.”
Veteran stuntman and SAG/AFTRA Presidential Candidate Peter Antico weighed in on Tuesday.

per Variety:
“The stunt coordinators on those sets have vast experience tenure and are at the top of their game,” he said. “We have not received much information regarding the details of the incidents; however, I do know that the stunt community is not protected in our collective bargaining agreement and has not been for years. There are no qualifications for a stunt coordinator in our collective bargaining agreement. There never was. That is unconscionable. A producer can hire anyone who says they are a coordinator and most of the time you get what you pay for.”
Deadpool 2 is set for June 1, 2018.


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