Stuntman to sue over Hangover car chase that went wrong
An Australian stuntman who was left brain damaged after a high-speed car chase went wrong during the filming of The Hangover sequel is to sue Warner Brothers.
In court documents filed in Los Angeles, Scott McLean – who played Ed Helms' stunt double in the movie – alleges the Hollywood studio giant was negligent over the Bangkok car chase in which he was injured.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified financial compensation for the injuries he sustained when a car he was in was hit by another vehicle that skidded out of control on the film set in December 2010.
The stuntman suffered "permanent brain and physical injuries" and has "ongoing seizures, speech impediments, physical impediments and brain trauma" from the crash.
The lawsuit claims that stunt coordinator Russell Solberg, named as a co-defendant, changed the timing of the split-second stunt after the performance had begun.
He was left in a medically-induced coma for two months, and now lives in a Sydney rehabilitation clinic, according to the lawsuit.
Warner Bros. spokesman Paul McGuire said the studio is "shocked and saddened by this accident and have been working closely with Scott and his family throughout his treatment and recovery."
The spokesman added that the company has offered "continual support since the accident occurred and we are working together to try and resolve any outstanding issues."
The Hangover: Part II was a sequel to the original 2009 blockbuster starring Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper.