This is awful: A stuntman working on The Expendables 2 was killed when a stunt went wrong yesterday in Bulgaria. The scene involved an explosion in a rubber boat, and another stuntman was injured, though he’s in stable condition. None of the movie’s stars — Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham – were nearby for the accident; this was the second unit filming, whereas the first unit was at a resort two hours away.
No info has been released on the man who died, but the production company Nu Image/Millennium Films released this statement:
It is with great regret that we confirm this unfortunate accident. Our hearts go out to the families and those on the production affected by this tragedy. The filmmakers are working closely with the authorities in responding to and investigating this accident.
There have been several famous stories of stunts gone wrong. The most well-known is when Brandon Lee, star of The Crow, died eight days before filming ended; what was supposed to be a gun with blanks somehow had a bullet lodged in, which hit him in the abdomen. Another more ironic one is when Michelle Yeoh got injured in a movie called The Stuntwoman, where she played… a stuntwoman.
All in all, this has not been a good week for The Expendables sequel: On Tuesday, a writer named Marcus Webb filed a lawsuit against Stallone — who co-wrote the original movie — saying that the screenplay copies a short story and script that he filed with the U.S. patent office in 2006.
As far as we know, the movie will still open on August 17, 2012.