Stuntman suing studio after accident
FRASER Coast stuntman Scott McLean is suing Warner Brothers after he was left brain damaged when a high-speed car chase went wrong during the filming of blockbuster The Hangover: Part II last year.
In court documents filed in Los Angeles yesterday, Scott McLean – who played Ed Helms’s stunt double in the movie – alleges the Hollywood studio giant was negligent over the Bangkok car chase in which he was injured.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified financial compensation for the injuries McLean sustained when a car he was in was hit by another vehicle that skidded out of control on the movie set in December.
The stuntman suffered “permanent brain and physical injuries” and has “ongoing seizures, speech impediments, physical impediments and brain trauma” from the crash.
The lawsuit claims that stunt co-ordinator Russell Solberg, named as a co-defendant, changed the timing of the split-second stunt after the performance had begun.
He was left in a medically-induced coma for two months and now lives in a rehabilitation clinic in Sydney, according to the lawsuit.
Warner Bros spokesman Paul McGuire said the studio was “shocked and saddened by this accident and have been working closely with Scott and his family throughout his treatment and recovery”.
The spokesman added that the company has offered “continual support since the accident occurred and we are working together to try and resolve any outstanding issues”.
The McLean family have previously criticised Warner Brothers for continuing to use the image of the stuntman only moments before he was injured.
Both the film and the trailer featured the scene that was labelled as insensitive and sickening by the family.
McLean has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies including the Matrix and Star Wars films, before his role in the second Hangover movie, about a group of friends on a drunken bachelor night in Bangkok.
The film was a sequel to the original 2009 blockbuster.