An accident on the set of the USA Network drama series “Shooter” that left veteran stuntman Steve de Castro with fractures in his wrist and forearm, bone and tissue damage and 100 stitches on his forehead is the focus of a new report by the AP, which obtained records on an investigation into the accident by Cal/OSHA.
The accident, which took place last July as “Shooter” was on location in the Agua Dulce area north of Los Angeles, involved a sport utility vehicle driven by actor Tom Sizemore. The stuntman was reportedly “playing dead” near the vehicle when he was run over and dragged by the SUV.
“It was no stunt,” the AP reports. “And it wasn’t the only thing not in the script that day. Sizemore wasn’t supposed to move the vehicle during filming of the scene, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.”
Following the mishap, de Castro had to be airlifted from a rural airport near the filming site.
“The files obtained by the AP include interviews with several people on the set who said Sizemore attended a safety briefing and rehearsals, where he was instructed to get behind the wheel of the SUV in a shootout scene but not move it. Yet he inexplicably drove off, running over de Castro,” the AP reports.
The story notes that Cal/OSHA “issued no citations over the accident after determining it didn’t have jurisdiction because the stuntman was an independent contractor, not a studio employee.”
A lawsuit was filed by de Castro in October against Paramount Pictures and Sizemore, the report notes. The USA Network series stars Ryan Phillippe.