A stuntman who was seriously injured on the set of the movie “The Hangover Part II” is suing distributor Warner Bros. for negligence and failing to insure his safety. The stuntman, Scott McLean, was a passenger in a truck on the Bangkok, Thailand, set last December 17, when a car on the set skidded suddenly and crashed into it. McLean, working as a stand-in for actor Ed Helms, was leaning out the window at the time.
As Eriq Gardner writes in The Hollywood Reporter:
According to the complaint filed in California federal court on Tuesday, the scene required ‘precision and timing,’ but that after the shooting had begun, the film’s stunt coordinator, co-defendant Russell Solberg, directed the timing sequence to change.
The plaintiffs allege that ‘Solberg commanded to the driver of the automobile in which plaintiff Scott McLean was a passenger, that the speed of his vehicle be increased significantly to a speed unsafe for the stunt, thus resulting in a major collision.’
One report says McLean was airlifted from Thailand to Australia, where he was treated for serious brain injuries in a hospital and then rehab facility. Another report says he received treatment for a severe brain injury and was then moved to a Bangkok hospital, where he was put into a medically induced coma and later went to a Sydney, Australia, hospital to recover.
The Hollywood Reporter writes: “His reps report ‘likely permanent brain and physical injuries,’ including ongoing seizures, speech impediments, physical impediments, and brain trauma.”
McLean’s live-in girlfriend, Raelene Chapman, is a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, as she had to quit her job to take care of him since the accident. Their lawsuit is for unspecified damages. It alleges that Warner and supervising staff were obligated under Thailand’s laws to to insure McLean’s safety, but were negligent.
In a statement reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. said:
‘We were shocked and saddened by this accident and have been working closely with Scott and his family throughout his treatment and recovery. We have offered continual support since the accident occurred and we are working together to try and resolve any outstanding issues.’
The R-rated “The Hangover Part II” is a raunchy comedy set in Bangkok, and stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis. It opened on May 26. McLean’s other film credits include “The Matrix” and “Ghost Rider.”