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'Ghost Rider 2' Stuntman

Sues Movie Over Near-Fatal

Stunt Gone Wrong

3/9/2013 9:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A stuntman for "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" claims he almost died when his crazy on-fire motorcycle stunt went horribly wrong and now wants the movie to PAY UP for all the damages.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, Mike Gaboff -- a stunt pro known as "Crazy Mike" -- filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court on Friday against Sony Pictures, Break Point Media and Next Point Inc., three companies in charge of the film.

In the docs, Mike says he was hired in April 2012 to perform a stunt for the DVD release -- in which he was to ride a motorcycle off a steep ramp while lit on fire, jump across a large lake, and then land in the water.

But the stunt went seriously wrong ... Mike overshot the landing and hit the rock-hard ground instead -- which was captured on tape -- and reportedly suffered a broken lower back, pelvis, neck, both arms, ribs, collar bone, collapsed lungs and second-degree burns. You can see him lying limp on the ground, moments after the crash (below).



In the lawsuit, Mike says the movie's "negligence" is to blame for his near-death experience -- claiming the film knew the move posed a HUGE risk and yet it "consciously chose not to take specific safety measures."

Not only that, Mike says production-honchos were WARNED not to go through with the "ultrahazardous activities," but chose to risk it "despite requests not to do so."

Mike's suing for medical expenses and loss of earnings -- he doesn't specify a dollar amount -- but he reportedly spent two months in a hospital recovering, with bills over $1 million. Translation -- he's gonna want some serious dough.

At the time of the accident, Break Media issued a statement saying, “[Gaboff was hired] as an independent third party and was fully responsible for the design and execution of the stunt. Any claims to the contrary are false."

A judge has yet to rule.

39 COMMENTS

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1.

tdr9    

We need more news

556 days ago
2.

ExKage    

So... "I was stupid to say no and when it hurt me I want you to pay up for not making sure I said no." ?

556 days ago
3.

Mikey    

Your a fvcking STUNT MAN!


Didn't you think there was some danger in riding a motorcycle off a steep ramp while lit on fire, jumping across a large lake, and then landing in water?

556 days ago
4.

static    

I'm suing over the first movie for Eva Mendes being do freakin hot and I can't have her!

556 days ago
5.

Mikey    

Thats why they call him "Crazy Mike"

556 days ago
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Most H8d     

lol what a ****ing idiot? The bike should have had a mind of its own like christine and crushed his skull then went after every onlooker in the vicinity.

556 days ago
7.

jimi    

maybe he should change his name to " stupid mike "

556 days ago
8.

I'm Awesome admit it     

Isn't that his job? You are the one who does the crazy stunt YOU MESSED UP YOU overshot it not the people who made the movie

556 days ago
9.

Brooke    

He's not a real stuntman. He's an amateur who does dumb stunts and fails miserably and posts them on YouTube. He's a Johnny Knoxville wannabe.

556 days ago
10.

SoWhat    

When are people going to take responsibility for their own actions, or lack there of. If you know things are risky to start with and know the proper safety measures aren't being taken and you go along with it then it's just as much your fault if not more so. You are the one risking your life so you have to make sure you're reasonably safe in doing them and if you don't feel you are then you DON"T DO IT. Geez, this is common sense, you don't go along with something you know is being careless and then blame everyone else later after you've been hurt.

556 days ago
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(◉_◉) Brush Your Teeth (◉_◉)    

" jump across a large lake, and then land in the water".


"But the stunt went seriously wrong ... Mike overshot the landing and hit the rock-hard ground"


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"Large Lake"?


Apparently Not TMZ.

556 days ago
12.

IwuvTMZ    

Of course nothing bad can happen if you're a stuntman. I know cuz I'm a lawyer!

556 days ago
13.

Latch Johnson    

He should sue for being associated with that movie.

556 days ago
14.

Sonja    

Isn't this why they hire and pay stunt people? Because it's dangerous and there is a risk of injury or even death?? That's like a fire fighter suing because he got burned putting out a fire. There is always a chance something can wrong when doing stunts.

556 days ago
15.

Canadasux    

Maybe so. But, didn't dumb@$$ "Crazy Mike" overshoot the landing point. He does bear some responsibility in this - maybe even 50/50 - especially if he knew the movie's head people were warned not to go through with the stunt. He still chose to do the stunt anyway.

556 days ago
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