Earlier this month, stuntwoman Joi Harris lost her life while filming Deadpool 2 in Vancouver and political correctness may be to blame.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film's producers had been exerting pressure to have to have Harris, who had raced professionally but never worked on a film, to perform that day's stunt.
The report states that as an African-American woman, she was a believable stand-in for Zazie Beetz's character Domino. The stunt went on despite crewmembers warning producers that Harris wasn't ready, according to a production source.
The stunt was described by The Hollywood Reporter as being relatively straightforward. “It called for a rider sitting astride a Ducati 939 Hyperstrada motorcycle to exit a building, descend a ramp over three small stairs and stop on a nearby landing. For a stunt professional, it would have been a cinch,” the report indicates.
However, a crash occurred after the first take proving the concerns of crewmembers to be accurate. Veteran stunt coordinator Conrad Palmisano put the blame on the producers wanting to be racially correct. “The producers put pressure to have somebody of the same sex and ethnicity in a position she wasn’t qualified to be in,” he said.
“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,” he added.
Some people are putting the blame on a “lack of diversity”. Darnell Hunt, the dean of Social Sciences at UCLA said, “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.”
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