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'G.I. Joe' Sequel

Crew Member Dies

After Accident On Set

11/23/2011 9:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

GI Joe set
A crew member working on the set of the movie "G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation" died yesterday after an accident on the New Orleans set ... TMZ has learned.

Officials at Paramount Pictures confirm ... the crew member was working on tearing down the set, when something went terribly wrong.

Sources connected to the production tell us ... the man was working on a high-powered scissor lift, when the machine tipped over and the man sustained fatal injuries.

Paramount released a statement saying, "Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the [crew member's] family at this time."

The statement continues, "The safety of our cast and crew is our top priority and the studio is fully cooperating with all investigating agencies as they examine the circumstances surrounding this unusual accident.”

the crew member was working on a high-powered scissor lift, when the machine tipped over and the man sustained fatal injuries


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Condor, I have worked on one of these equipment when working in electrical construction a lot of times...did not have any issues because its counter weight for this accident on the set of new GI JOE'S sequel, that crew member must working on an incline when this terrible accident occurred. These equipment must be flat surface for proper weight displacement. My condolences for crew member's family.

1063 days ago


What makes this doubly sad is that I suspect this movie will be as horrible as the first movie. My condolances to the man's family.

1063 days ago


The truth is he couldn't live with the fact that he was personally involved in creating the sequel to such a god awful movie so he tipped the lift over.

1063 days ago

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Must've been using that scissor lift to do something other than it was designed to do.

1063 days ago


Similar to the Notre Dame student killed while filming their football practice. So sad. Prayers for them all.

1062 days ago


I too have worked on several different scissor lifts. All of which have a safety switch in them to keep the lift from going up on an incline greater than the manufacturer allows. So unless someone disabled the switch, which is possible,it should never work on a hill. As far as falling over when it leans too far to one side to the other or rock it side to side, it has a safety switch which drops the basket down before the unit falls over.
Just my opinion. I could be wrong.
300lb Gorilla

1062 days ago


In the film industry, that(pictured above) would be referred to as a "scissor lift." A "condor" would be more like a cherry picker, with a bucket on a long arm. Much easier to tip over than a scissor lift.

1062 days ago


I didn't know you could get killed doing CGI in front of green screens

1062 days ago

Delaware D    

RIP, crew member.

1062 days ago


They're shooting in NO because they're cheap. All of them. This production company is no different than the production entity that killed a stuntman on Stallone's film. They don't give a crap, no matter what they tell you. Imagine dying for a crappy movie.. a sequel no less. What a waste.

1062 days ago


I work on movies in New Orleans and you are obviously from LA or some other city, suffering the reality of losing all of your films (and jobs) to us. Yes, NOLA does give a tax incentive and yes, people do come here to film. This is a sad accident and very unfortunate so please, do not take your out-of-work-in-LA bitterness on New Orleans. This could have happened anywhere. I know it's disturbing to you "big time" LA folks that even televisions series such as Common Law set in LA are filmed in New Orleans. Get over it and have some respect.

1062 days ago


A very similar thing happened here at Notre Dame about a year ago, when a student was filming football practice footage while on a scissor lift. He died from the fall. Apparently the wind caused it to topple over. It is so sad that this has happened again.

1062 days ago


The crew member killed was my girlfriend's father. She is in the other room, crying for the 36th hour in a row. Anyone who can tell me how this could have happened, or better yet, was on scene, would bring a lot of comfort to some people who need it. Mike was a good guy with family. If TMZ and its followers could ever prove their worth beyond following Brittany's latest exploits, now would be the time. Please help in any way you can. We're on a plane tomorrow morning to the funeral. Happy Thanksgiving.

RIP, Mike.

1062 days ago

william brown    

disclaimer oh geez im sorry im a stunt man or a crew member on a action film if anything goes wrong i promise that people will make fun and stupid comments about my death since i was to stupid to think what could happen

1062 days ago


Sadly, the small scissor lift he was driving was on a 8'platform that a set was built on... it had been forklifted on and off to the platform many times in the past month...He drove the lift down a steep and narrow ramp that was built to roll small carts up to the set..Crews were warned not to attempt to drive the lift down the ramp.. This was not a freak accident,operater error is the cause of this sad end. He had only been in the film biz for about a year....This had been such a great production up until this moment... RIP

1059 days ago
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