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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter claims man's life, stuntwoman's arm

12.23.2015by: Eric Walkuski

Back in October, I was on the set of RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, the latest (and last?) installment of Sony's Resident Evil movie franchise... and now I'm feeling fortunate that I walked away unscathed. At the time, it was already common knowledge that stuntwoman Olivia Jackson (pictured above, right) had been seriously wounded on the set during an action sequence in which she was riding a motorcycle. Everyone I spoke to about the incident called it a freak accident and, naturally, seemed incredibly dismayed about it.

Just yesterday, the news broke that Jackson will have to lose one of her arms. The stuntwoman announced on her Gofundme page, "My left arm is paralyzed and is going to have to be amputated." That is indeed tragic, but it's truly a miracle the woman survived. Right after the accident, Jackson was in a coma and the outlook was not at all rosy. It's excellent news she pulled through.

Turns out the set was even more dangerous than previously thought. IOL reports a crew member was fatally hurt on the set last month. Ricardo Cornelius died on December 3rd when one of the film's props, a US army issue Hummer, fell on top of him. The site claims Ricardo and other crew members had to manually rotate a small platform upon which the vehicle stood, but the platform tilted and the huge vehicle fell on him.

He lived for only a few hours and died with his family by his side.

Accidents happen all the time on movie sets; once in a while they're of a very serious nature. But two so brutal on the same set? Thank goodness this thing is wrapped.

The film comes out January 17, 2017.

Extra Tidbit: Olivia Jackson also performed stunts in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.
Source: IOLGoFundMe

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1:51AM on 12/25/2015
This is horrible news. I wasn't on set so I don't know what happened, but it sounds like corners were cut! Being a stunt person is a dangerous job for sure! I would imagine it's hard to walk away when things just don't feel safe, but sometimes you gotta know when to say "this just isn't safe and I'm leaving".
This is horrible news. I wasn't on set so I don't know what happened, but it sounds like corners were cut! Being a stunt person is a dangerous job for sure! I would imagine it's hard to walk away when things just don't feel safe, but sometimes you gotta know when to say "this just isn't safe and I'm leaving".
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7:01PM on 12/23/2015
This really is horrible! I know these were accidents but their family should sue the movie company or whoever in charge of the production. 2 major accidents that cost the guy his own life and the woman her left arm - something was wrong on the set or somebody in charge didn't pay attention closely.
This really is horrible! I know these were accidents but their family should sue the movie company or whoever in charge of the production. 2 major accidents that cost the guy his own life and the woman her left arm - something was wrong on the set or somebody in charge didn't pay attention closely.
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9:17PM on 12/23/2015
I'm pretty sure a law-suit would not be necessary. Accidents/injuries happen all the time during filming but we hardly ever hear of them. Know why? Because the film companies have so much money, they pay out of court settlements to keep their name out of the news. These people/their families will be taken care of, no law-suit necessary.
I'm pretty sure a law-suit would not be necessary. Accidents/injuries happen all the time during filming but we hardly ever hear of them. Know why? Because the film companies have so much money, they pay out of court settlements to keep their name out of the news. These people/their families will be taken care of, no law-suit necessary.
2:46AM on 12/24/2015
Yeah, I guess so.
Yeah, I guess so.
1:54PM on 12/23/2015

This is horrible...

And it's not like they lost limbs/died on a movie people will actually go and see. They suffered for some shitty RE movie. I am very sorry for their loss and the loss their family must endure. I honestly blame the director, the guy is a total asshole and probably could have prevented much of this if he actually followed the standards and practices of his stunt people, instead of forcing them to do this shit and getting angry at them for trying to do it safely. Word on the set was the director
And it's not like they lost limbs/died on a movie people will actually go and see. They suffered for some shitty RE movie. I am very sorry for their loss and the loss their family must endure. I honestly blame the director, the guy is a total asshole and probably could have prevented much of this if he actually followed the standards and practices of his stunt people, instead of forcing them to do this shit and getting angry at them for trying to do it safely. Word on the set was the director has a bit of a temper. But that is just hearsay.
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