Resident Evil Stunt Double Badly Injured in Filming Accident
"It's a miracle that she survived."
The stunt double for Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich was severely injured on the set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and "it's a miracle she survived." That's according to Jovovich, who wrote a heartfelt Facebook post today recalling the scary scene that took place earlier this month on set in South Africa.
"My incredibly talented stunt double, Olivia Jackson, collided with a camera crane while performing a motorcycle stunt and it put her in the hospital with severe, multiple injuries," Jovovich said. "The cast and crew of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter have been totally devastated and are waiting with bated breath for news on her recovery--we now understand she is stable and being carefully monitored by very experienced South African doctors."
Jackson, 32, also did stuntwork for Mad Max: Fury Road and Avengers: Age of Ultron. In addition, she'll appear in the upcoming sci-fi movie, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. The Daily Mail reported that Jackson suffered "serious head injuries" and a punctured lung. She was reportedly in an induced coma.
Jovovich says she didn't witness the accident personally, but heard that "it was awful."
"None of us have experienced anything like this in our careers making action films and hope we never do again, but the production reacted very quickly to ensure she received the best care and also in reaching out to her family and making sure they were informed and looked after during this overwhelmingly difficult time," she explained. "Thank God, they have been by her side through out this harrowing week."
Jovovich added that the accident was so severe that "it's a miracle that she survived."
"I didn't know her very well, as we were all just getting going with the film, but the few times we rehearsed together, I really looked up to her because she danced through the choreography, beautiful and graceful," she said about Jackson. "It's a testament to Olivia's strength that she managed to survive and also the quick reaction of our on set safety officer and his team that she has finally been pronounced stable.
"All of us here have been praying every single day for her and her family and sending our thoughts out hoping some of the positive energy reaches her, because she truly needs it… I would really appreciate it if you would take a moment out of your busy days ahead and pray for Olivia's full recovery too. She needs all the help she can get right now and every bit of the good energy we can send. Thank you."
The Final Chapter is scheduled to open in theaters on January 27, 2017. However, it's unclear if that date will move further out as a result of the accident. We'll have more details as they become available.
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