Four crew hospitalised as Gladiator 2 filming sequence goes wrong

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Shooting continues on Gladiator 2, which is currently in production in Morocco, although four people have been hospitalised. 

Filming on Ridley Scott’s Gladiator 2 is underway in Morocco, but not running entirely smoothly, according to VarietyThe outlet is reporting that a sequence filmed last week went awry and six crew were injured, with four being hospitalised and continuing to receive treatment.

According to a statement from Paramount, none of the injuries are life-threatening (crikey), but the incident serves as a continual reminder that stunt work is not without danger and should be given more recognition by the wider film community given the risks it poses and the entertainment it provides. Of course, that’s assuming it was stunt crew who were injured as Paramount has declined to offer any further details about the incident, the injured or the nature of their injuries.

A spokesperson from the studio said that “the safety and full medical services teams on-site were able to act quickly so that those who were impacted immediately received necessary care”.

“They are all in stable condition and continue to receive treatment. The well-being of the cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us, and we have strict health and safety procedures in place on all our productions. We will continue monitoring the situation and taking all necessary precautions as we resume production”.

The tragic death of cinematographer Haylna Hutchins on the set of Rust in 2021 remains as a terrible reminder of the consequences waiting for any film production where safety is not of the upmost concern. Thankfully, none of the injuries in the Gladiator 2 incident seem to be life-changing.

Paul Mescal will lead the film with Fred Hechinger, May Calamawy, Lior Raz, Peter Mensah, Matt Lucas and Derek Jacobi, who reprises his role as Gracchus. They join Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn and Connie Nielsen, the latter of whom is reprising her role as Lucilla.

Ridley Scott is back behind the camera, working from a script by David Scarpa. Let’s hope the rest of the production passes safely for all involved and that the injured crew members make a full and speedy recovery.

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