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Evangeline Lilly claims stunt coordinator intentionally let her get hurt filming Lost

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May 18, 2018

After several recent incidents involving tragic stunt-related accidents, this is a troubling accusation. On a panel about discrimination against stuntwomen, Evangeline Lilly, star of Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp, said while filming a scene on Lost, a stunt coordinator allowed her to get injured intentionally.

Thursday afternoon, Lilly was joined on stage by a host of stuntwomen, including Deven McNair, Sharon Shaffer, Black Panther stuntwoman Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, and Lilly's Ant-Man and the Wasp stunt double Ingrid Kleinig, to discuss race and gender discrimination within the stunt industry. 

According to Deadline, during the panel Lilly recounted an alleged incident that occurred during her time filming Lost in which she says a stunt coordinator allowed her to be intentionally injured performing a stunt herself rather than using a stuntwoman as he wanted to do. She detailed the incident in which she had to roll off a tree branch over and over again, after which she said, "there were open wounds, pus and oozing." Lilly allegedly requested the use of moleskin fabric to protect her skin but was told it'd be visible to the camera, even though she didn't believe it would be.

“I felt it was him saying, ‘I’m going to put you in your place for standing up to me,'" said Lilly. "It was either cow to his power or hurt myself. I was in my 20s then. Now I would probably back down.”

Lilly didn't name the stunt coordinator who she said was "misogynistic." Other incidents of sexism were also discussed on the panel, which came in the wake of McNair lodging a "wigging" complaint calling out the stunt industry for a sexist practice of having stuntmen wear wigs and women's clothing to pose as women.

(via Deadline)