‘Fast and Furious’ continues shortly after unwanted accident

The filming process of "Fast & Furious 9" continued just one day after the accident that caused a stuntman’s head injury.

According to the Variety, Fast & Furious 9 was forced to stop filming after a stuntman had a serious head injury. The incident happened on Warner Bros. studios Leavesden near London. 

The spokesperson of Universal reported: “We had an injury on the set of Fast 9 today in Leavesden with one of our stuntmen. We have halted production for the day to focus on this situation.’’ The local police said they had received an emergency call at noon on July 22, and immediately dispatched a helicopter to rescue the scene. 

Warner Bros. studios Leavesden from above. Photo: Warner Bros. 

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary also confirmed the incident: " It was reported that a man had been injured while working at the location and sustained serious injuries. The air ambulance attended and police officers are currently on scene to assist and carry out initial inquiries." 

Universal refused to disclose whether anyone in the cast including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, John Cena, Helen Mirren or Charlize Theron  was on the scene when the accident happened. 

Recently, Warner Bros. studios Leavesden studios is receiving unhappy news. During Anne Hathaway's filming of  The Witches, a man was hospitalized with a neck injury after clashing with his colleague. Also early in July, a fire broke out when HBO's Avenue 5 series was being filmed.   

The stuntman who had an accident on set of Fast & Furious 9 was not performing Vin Diesel’s stunts as many British tabloids reported. Photo: Universal. 

The press is actively investigating the cause of the accident, and the identity of the victim has been identified. His name is Joe Watts. Soon after the accident, many British tabloids reported that Watts was a stuntman for Vin Diesel. However, Universal and the film crew have completely denied the information. 

On the evening of July 22nd, Joe Watts' girlfriend made a post on her page to announce that the stuntman had a head injury, but he was recovering well. However, her status was soon deleted for no reason. 

Fast & Furious 9 filming process continued on July 23rd afternoon. Nevertheless, both Universal  (the film production) and Warner Bros. studios Leavesden all declined to comment on the case. 

The fact that Fast & Furious 9 would soon continued filming helps this blockbuster not to fall behind its original schedule. As planned, the movie is going to be released in May 2020.

By: Chris Stewart

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