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Stuntman dies on the set of Expendables 2

Oct. 28, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Tragedy struck the set of THE EXPENDABLES 2 yesterday after an explosion went awry killing one stuntman and critically injuring another. The production was filming at the Ognyanovo reservoir near the town of Elin Pelin in Bulgaria when an explosion involving a rubber boat misfired. Both men were Chinese actors working with the film's second unit.

A spokesperson for the film released a statement saying, "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."

None of the principal cast members nor director Simon West were present at the time of the accident and were filming in Bansko, a good two-and-a-half hours away at the time.

Sadly this is one of many stories this year about extras or actors being injured on a film set. Earlier this month, over 16 actors in zombie makeup were transported to the hospital after a platform collapsed. Last summer an extra was seriously injured on the set of TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON.

Source: THR

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10:38PM on 10/29/2011

R.I.P.

My condolences go out to his friends and family.
My condolences go out to his friends and family.
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7:47PM on 10/28/2011
That sucks.
That sucks.
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7:06PM on 10/28/2011
I have to hope that the marketing people have lots of shame. That way we don't get this in an Expendables 2 trailer:

"SO AWESOME IT KILLED A GUY WHO IS SUPPOSED TO SURVIVE AWESOME STUNTS.... EXPENDABLES 2!"
I have to hope that the marketing people have lots of shame. That way we don't get this in an Expendables 2 trailer:

"SO AWESOME IT KILLED A GUY WHO IS SUPPOSED TO SURVIVE AWESOME STUNTS.... EXPENDABLES 2!"
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6:27PM on 10/28/2011
Wait, I can see the main actors not being there but why was the director not? Isn't he supposed to be ya know involved in making the film.
Wait, I can see the main actors not being there but why was the director not? Isn't he supposed to be ya know involved in making the film.
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12:23AM on 10/29/2011
The article just said it was a second unit shoot. A shot involving explosions or stunts without the actors in them are often shot by the stunt team not the Director.
The article just said it was a second unit shoot. A shot involving explosions or stunts without the actors in them are often shot by the stunt team not the Director.
3:02PM on 10/28/2011
Pretty sure I read about a stunt man getting decapitated filming a scene for Exit Wounds. That's some risky work for sure.
Pretty sure I read about a stunt man getting decapitated filming a scene for Exit Wounds. That's some risky work for sure.
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11:29AM on 10/28/2011
It sucks even worse when stuff like this happens for the sake of entertainment. Sad.
It sucks even worse when stuff like this happens for the sake of entertainment. Sad.
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10:16AM on 10/28/2011

hmmm

i really hope this was a freak accident and not the result of idiots cutting corners when it came to set up and safety. My they rest in peace.
i really hope this was a freak accident and not the result of idiots cutting corners when it came to set up and safety. My they rest in peace.
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9:34AM on 10/28/2011
Oh man, this is just terrible. First there was an accident on Transformers 3 set and now this? I think someone has better come up with a tighter security check for these stuntmen/stuntwomen. Without them, action movies aren't fun. They risk their lives for our movie enjoyment. They deserve better treatment and security.
Oh man, this is just terrible. First there was an accident on Transformers 3 set and now this? I think someone has better come up with a tighter security check for these stuntmen/stuntwomen. Without them, action movies aren't fun. They risk their lives for our movie enjoyment. They deserve better treatment and security.
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9:14AM on 10/28/2011

Terrible...

It's no laughing matter with big stunts like that and the risk of death or serious injury is always high. It has happened many times before and will most likely happen again. Best wishes to the families and I hope the cast and crew make it through okay as well.
The show must go on...
It's no laughing matter with big stunts like that and the risk of death or serious injury is always high. It has happened many times before and will most likely happen again. Best wishes to the families and I hope the cast and crew make it through okay as well.
The show must go on...
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