Deadpool 2: Death of Female Stunt Driver
On Monday, the ‘Deadpool 2′ cast and crew lost one of their crew members, Joi “SJ” Harris, an African American female stunt driver. She was performing a stunt on a motorcycle for the sequel in Vancouver, Canada. The cast and crew are devastated and sympathize with Harris’ family.
Ryan Reynolds posted a statement over Twitter to express his deep sadness and condolences for the Harris family.
“Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming ‘Deadpool.’ We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated,” he said, “but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 14, 2017
40-year-old Reynolds also led the cast and crew in a moment of silence on the set before resuming filming. The cast and crew huddled around him while they bowed their heads, and he said a few words about Harris.
Harris, who is known as the first African American female road racer, was a stunt double for Zazie Beetz who plays the mutant Domino in the sequel. Beetz is also heartbroken about the loss of Harris and shared an emotional Instagram post.
“On Monday we tragically lost one of our own — Joi SJ Harris. My heart has been breaking the past two days and I have been searching what to say or do,” the Instagram picture of a handwritten note by Beetz said.
She concluded, “I know that what I feel is nothing compared to what her loved ones, friends + family, are feeling. My heart and my love goes out to her and them all. The cast and crew send peace, healing, and their deepest condolences.”
Harris will always be remembered as the first African female road racer and the ‘Deadpool 2’ cast and crew was fortunate to have her. We send our deepest condolences to the Harris family during this difficult time and will remember her legacy.