Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Zombies' hurt on Resident Evil set

Milla Jovovich has the lead role in the movie
Milla Jovovich has the lead role in the movie

Sixteen actors dressed as zombies were injured when they fell from a platform during filming of a new movie in the Resident Evil series, officials said.

A Toronto emergency medical spokesman said the victims' costumes made it more difficult for crews to assess the severity of their injuries.

Paramedics responded to the call from Cinespace Film Studios at around 8am on Tuesday to find what appeared - thanks to Hollywood special effects make-up - to be people who had suffered some untold catastrophe.

Lead actress Milla Jovovich was not on set at the time of the accident, according to her representative.

"I could see the look on the first paramedic, saying 'Oh my God,'" Toronto emergency medical services Commander David Ralph said.

As it turned out, the victims had suffered leg, back and arm injuries. Twelve were taken to a hospital. Officials said none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

Police Constable Tony Vella said the actors had been filming a scene on a high wheeled platform. The platform moved as they were going to another platform, leaving a gap into which the zombies fell.

Cinespace Film Studios did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Resident Evil: Retribution is the fifth instalment of a franchise based on the popular video game series and will be distributed by Screen Gems and Sony Pictures.

Vella said the incident is classified as an industrial accident. Canada's Ministry of Labour is investigating.

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