A stuntman who received burns over 60% of his body during the filming of 'Mission Impossible 3' has sued Paramount Pictures, Tom Cruise's production company (Cruise/Wagner) and others, alleging that their negligence caused him "severe personal injury."
Steven Scott Wheatley alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that last June, during the filming of a scene involving pyrotechnics, the stunt "malfunctioned" and a "gasoline bomb" exploded, engulfing him "in this ball of fire."
According to the suit, the stunt was supposed to be a simulation of a missile attack on a Chevy Suburban. Once hit, the vehicle was supposed to "flip over and burst into flames." Wheatley claims he was standing a few feet from the Suburban when the premature fireball consumed him.
Wheatley and his wife, Mary, are also suing for loss of consortium (marital relations).