'Transformers 3': When a Stunt Goes Horribly Wrong

More

I'll be very, very curious to see if Michael Bay can explain or justify using an extra with no stunt driving experience in a Transformers 3 scene--which resulted in her getting a metal object through her skull. She was making $25, though it seems she got pretty good medical care in the wake of the accident. The studio maintains that it was a freak accident and she wasn't involved in the stunt going on at the time of the accident, but it's still hard to figure out how this could have gone down. Nikki Finke quotes a source who suggests the situation must have been the result of serious violations of industry standards. 


Bay's casting announcement for extras in the part of the movie being shot in Washington, D.C. also notes that it's a good thing if folks trying out have their own cars and precision driving experience, which suggests that this kind of practice isn't a one-off for Bay. Given that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had a $200 million budget, you'd think Bay could afford a little bit more than $25 up-front for people doing stunts. Maybe he will now.

The Screen Actors' Guild has a safety division with helpful bulletins and guidelines on set safety. But it does seem like the safety-oriented rights are aimed more at actors than the stuntmen who stand in for them. Even so, you'd think directors and crews would want to do their best to exercise common sense--and common consideration, especially for people who are excited to be working for them and happy to do it for very little money.
Jump to comments
Presented by

Alyssa Rosenberg is a culture writer with The Washington Post.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon About the Toys in Your Cereal Box

The story of an action figure and his reluctant sidekick, who trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Feature

The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In