Ryan Reynold's Deadpool franchise is generally associated with light-hearted comedy mixed with superheroics, but this week has been an entirely different story for those working on Deadpool 2, following a tragedy that occurred on the upcoming film's set. While filming a high-speed motorcycle sequence in Vancouver, Canada stunt driver Joi Harris lost her life. Since the loss of their colleague, those working hard on Deadpool 2 have expressed their sadness on social media and various media outlets.
Ryan Reynolds Pays His Respects
Ryan Reynolds, the star of the Deadpool movies, has taken to social media to offer his condolences. The actor paid tribute to the late stunt driver and her achievements, while also mentioning Harris's kind nature.
Joi “SJ” Harris was a professional driver and racer who was reportedly a stunt double for Zazie Beetz, who will portray Domino in the upcoming film. Harris billed herself as the "first African-American female road racer," and was described by Black Girls Ride Magazine to be "leading the pack in more ways than one."
The incredibly talented racer had been making a name for herself in professional road racing ever since 2012, and the #Deadpool sequel was meant to be Harris's debut as a professional stunt rider for a major film production.
While speaking to the aforementioned magazine, Harris proudly declared that she was a one-of-a-kind racer.
"I am everything people never saw in this sport."
She later admitted on her site's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section that while the fears of crashing were always present, she never let these get the better of her. Instead, she used these as her motivation to better herself and be an inspiration to others.
The Makers Of Deadpool 2 Mourn The Loss Of Harris
When talking to People, director David Leitch spoke as a representative for everyone working with him in the movie - all of whom must be incredibly shaken by the tragedy.
"I’m deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today. No words can express how I and the rest of the 'Deadpool 2' crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and loves ones in this difficult time."
On behalf of the movie's producers at 20th Century Fox, a studio representative also paid respects to Harris in a recently released press statement.
We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of ‘Deadpool 2’ this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.
As of this writing, authorities are still conducting an investigation in regards to the circumstances behind Harris's passing. The sequel's shooting has been temporarily shut down due to the ongoing investigation, with no word on when it will resume. Expect this story to be updated as the investigation's results are made known to the public.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Deadpool 2 cast and crew, especially Joi "SJ" Harris's loved ones.