Back in August a stuntwoman named Joi “SJ” Harris was killed on the set of the Untitled Deadpool Sequel. It was a terrible and tragic accident that, according to some sources, could have been avoided. Harris was brought on as a stuntwoman for Zazie Beetz, who is playing Domino in the movie. In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly Beetz comments on the accident.
“It was her first day on set and nobody really knows what happened,” Beetz tells EW. “People were very, very affected by it — especially the stunt team, whom I’d worked a lot with. They were very upset by it because they want to protect the people that they’re working with. And in this case, that didn’t happen. It was a really sad time.”
Beetz didn’t get the chance to meet Harris, but she does feel like Harris was part of the team. She also hopes that people will remember Harris for her accomplishments and not the accident.
“I felt like she was part of the Domino team and story. I hope people continue to remember her as someone who really pushed a lot of boundaries — being the first black woman to be professionally engaged in motorcycle racing. I hope that’s her legacy.”
Harris was a badass who left this world way too soon. The work of stunt teams and how dangerous their jobs can be cannot be understated. May Harris rest in peace.
Summary(?): After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
Untitled Deadpool Sequel, directed by David Leitch, stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Josh Brolin, Brianna Hildebrand, and Zazie Beetz. It will be released on June 1st.