‘Deadpool 2’ Crew Warned Producers Before Stuntwoman’s Death

As Canada’s WorkSafeBC continues to investigate the death of Joi “SJ” Harris, a stuntwoman who was killed in a motorcycle accident when a stunt went wrong on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2 last week, new information suggests that Hollywood’s lack of diversity might have indirectly contributed to her death. Sources tell TheHollywood Reporter that crew members alerted producers that Harris was too inexperienced to safely pull off the stunt, noting her previous crashes on practice runs, but were ignored because producers felt an African-American woman needed to perform the stunt for accurate representation. (Harris was standing in for Atlanta’s Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino, in the scene.) Though Harris was a licensed racer, Deadpool 2 was her first film and the accident occurred during her first live take.

“I cringed every time she went out. Like, when is she going to crash?” a stuntperson who trained with Harris tells THR, saying they left the film after producers failed to listen to concerns. “They were warned, yes!” According to the crew, Harris was the second choice for the stunt because the first hire struggled on the motorcycle in rehearsals.

One stunt coordinator who spoke with Deadpool 2 crew members says that producers risked Harris’s life by wanting Beetz to have a racially correct double: “The producers put pressure to have somebody of the same sex and ethnicity in a position she wasn’t qualified to be in. The stunt coordinators caved to the pressure. All the stunt people could do was take it to their higher-ups. They’re going to follow their chain of command.” THR’s sources believe that producers having few options for an experienced black female stuntwoman is endemic of Hollywood’s whiteness across all fields. In 2014, the issue made headlines when Gothamattempted to use a white stuntwoman in blackface as a stand-in for a black actress despite union opposition to such practices; the show eventually cast a black stuntwoman and said it “made a mistake.”

On Deadpool 2, “if the movie’s producers had to go outside of the normal stunt community to find someone who was both qualified and resembles the actress, that speaks to a problem of lack of diversity of stunt performers,” a contributor to the annual “Hollywood Diversity Report” tells THR.

Bates used the “Star Spangled Banner” to get into her American Horror Story: Freak Show dialect.

Josh versus Charles is a matchup for the ages.

It will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who executive produce This Is Us.

Jax Taylor is reality television’s greatest anti-hero.

He just hasn’t caught up on the seventh season yet.

Thomas Rhett takes a wrecking ball to your tear ducts.

Authorities have detained a driver of a van found near the venue.

Her reputation’s on the line.

From Curb Your Enthusiasm to Star Trek: Discovery.

Its first single is out Thursday.

“The producers put pressure to have somebody of the same sex and ethnicity in a position she wasn’t qualified to be in.”

The best SNL sketches from Emmy nominees Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Alec Baldwin.

We have to admit it’s pretty calming.

Looking at the likelihood of cinematic stardom for Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, et al.

She also claims C.K. “has never been involved” with One Mississippi despite producer credit.

Trump isn’t the first president to skip the glitzy ceremony, but he’s the first to do it to avoid “political distraction.”