Crew members injured in crash on Georgia set of Eddie Murphy movie ‘The Pickup’

Apr24,2024


File Photo: Eddie Murphy arrives for the world premiere of Dolemite Is My Name at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 7, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Reuters/Mark Blinch/file photo

File Photo: Eddie Murphy arrives for the world premiere of Dolemite Is My Name at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 7, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Reuters/Mark Blinch/File Photo | Photo Credit: Mark Blinch

Several crew members were injured and two were hospitalized in a collision between a car and a truck during the shooting of Eddie Murphy's film “The Pickup” at Amazon's MGM Studios, a person close to the studio and production said.

A spokesperson for the studio said in a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the scene that caused Saturday's crash in Georgia was rehearsed and all safety precautions were taken.

Neither Murphy nor the film's other stars, including Keke Palmer and Pete Davidson, were on set at the time.

A person close to the production said the injuries ranged from bumps and bruises to broken bones. Two crew members were taken to hospital, and one remained hospitalized Tuesday. Everyone is expected to make a full recovery.

The crash happened at a location outside Atlanta when a truck locked up and collided with a car, the person said.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

“It was completely a freak accident,” the person said. “It wasn't even a complicated or dangerous stunt.” The scene was being shot by the production's second unit, which typically shoots less-central scenes that do not involve the director or lead actors.

“Unfortunately, the sequence did not go as planned and several crew members were injured as a result. “We are still in the process of gathering the facts about what happened and why, but first and foremost our thoughts are with those who are recovering,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement to the AP.

“The well-being of the entire crew and cast is our first priority, and we will continue to insist on the highest industry standards of safety during filming. All safety precautions were reviewed prior to shooting and monitored during filming.” The studio did not provide details about the injuries or the roles of the injured crew members.

The union representing most film crew members, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, said in a statement to the AP that it was aware of the accident and had launched an investigation, but could not yet provide further details. Is.

The film is directed by Tim Story, whose credits include 2002's “Barbershop” and 2005's “Fantastic Four.” Its shooting has been going on since February 20 around Atlanta. It doesn't have a release date yet, but the accident is not expected to cause production delays. (AP) RB RB

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