Over the weekend we got some sad news from the South African set of [Resident Evil 6: The Final Chapter](tag:671270) involving Milla Jovovich's stunt double, Olivia Jackson, who was seriously injured in what was described as a "freak" accident. If you've seen any of the films, you know that there are plenty of dangerous scenes that have likely mostly been done by stunt doubles throughout the entirety of the franchise.
Olivia was one of such stunt doubles.
Jovovich took to Facebook to deliver the depressing news:
"I sit down to write this post with a heavy heart, because a terrible accident rocked our set on Saturday the 5th of September. My incredibly talented stunt double, Olivia Jackson, collided with a camera crane while performing a motorcycle stunt and it put her in the hospital with severe, multiple injuries."
Here is the full post.
Jackson, 32 and clearly a pro, also performed stunts in the upcoming [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158). She suffered severe head injuries and a punctured lung after colliding with a metal camera arm during a high-speed motorcycle chase in South Africa, The Guardian reported.
Sky News also reported that she "was not wearing protective gear at the time." Several news sources reported that she was put into a medically induced coma as a precautionary measure.
Jovovich also added the following statement.
"The cast and crew of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter have been totally devastated and are waiting with bated breath for news on her recovery."
Jovovich released good news, though, later about Jackson's condition:
"We now understand she is stable and being carefully monitored by very experienced South African doctors."
Jackson's husband, also a stuntman had this to say, also on Facebook:
"I want you all to know that she has been making steady progress and your thoughts and good vibes are all working so please keep them up! She's my inspiration and my world and one tuff little mother f---er! She's fighting hard and the team of people working on Olive have been amazing and have been doing some incredible work. Thanks again to everybody! I whisper to her everyday telling her about the support she's getting world wide!"
There was an outpouring of support on Twitter
Prayers and thoughts to Olivia and her family. It's a reality in the stunt industry that you're putting your life at risk, but that doesn't make it any easier to accept when things go freakishly wrong on a set.