New details emerge in Deadpool 2 stuntwoman's death

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Aug 19, 2017

New details have emerged in the accident that took the life of a 32-year-old stuntwoman on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2. According to a report obtained by Deadline, the incident that claimed the life of Joi "SJ" Harris during filming was the result of a freak accident.

The report, which was obtained from WorkSafeBC -- a Canadian equivalent of the United States' Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) -- detailed the circumstances surrounding the accident, stating:

“A temporary worksite had been setup to record a film scene for a movie production. The site had been cordoned off from general public and traffic by the Vancouver Police Department. The worker had been rehearsing a stunt scene that involved driving a motorcycle, Dictate 939 Hyperstrada, out of the open doors of a building, across a concrete pad, and down a ramp that had been built over three stairs and coming to a stop on the stair landing. During the first shooting of the scene the stunt driver continued driving beyond the planned stopping spot on the stairway landing, and continued to drive down a second ramp built over the bottom stairs and across the roadway. The motorcycle struck the concrete sidewalk curb, the worker was thrown off the motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window of a building.”

Further reporting by Deadline cites a source with the film who denies that the accident was the result of inexperience, or that Harris was hired despite those concerns, simply because she was a black woman doubling for a mixed-race actress. This was her first film stunt, but Harris was an experienced motorcyclist, and according to reports had completed the stunt successfully five times before the incident occurred on the sixth take.

Production on the film was halted for two days following Harris' death. The cast, including stars Ryan Reynolds and Zazie Beetz, for whom Harris was doubling, have expressed their sadness over the incident.

Deadpool 2 is due in theaters on June 1, 2018.

Joi Harris, Deadpool 2

Former stuntwoman, Joi “SJ” Harris.