xXx Reactivated on 6ter: a look back at the tragic stunt accidents in Vin Diesel’s films – cinemablend

Xxx reactivated on 6ter: a look back at the tragic stunt accidents in vin diesel's films - cinemablend

“xXx Reactivated” airs tonight on 6ter. The opportunity to come back to two tragic accidents that occurred during the shooting of two films with Vin Diesel: “xXx” and “Fast and Furious 9”.

Released in 2017, xXx: Reactivated sees Vin Diesel reprising his character as Xander Cage, an extreme sportsman turned elite agent. This time, along with his new team of adrenaline-addicted experts, he must get his hands on a weapon of mass destruction dubbed “Pandora’s Box”. Our heroes will soon find themselves at the heart of a vast conspiracy.

Like the two previous games, xXx: Reactivated has its share of impressive action scenes (special mention to the chase with the motorcycle surfing!). If the stunts go well, it is not the same on the first opus.

In 2002, the shooting of xXx indeed suffered a hard blow with the death of one of the stuntmen of the film. On April 4 in Prague, Harry L. O’Connor, Diesel’s understudy for aerial footage, was killed while shooting the spectacular paragliding scene, crashing into a bridge in the Czech capital. The feature film is dedicated to his memory.

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17 years later, on the set of Fast and Furious 9, Joe Watts, also working as an understudy for Diesel, fell from the top of a balcony to ten meters high. The man seriously injured his head and the filming of the film was suspended for a day. Suffering from a head trauma, the unfortunate man was placed in an artificial coma for five days.

He is currently still followed by various specialists such as neuropsychologists and physiotherapists. Joe Watts recently told SurreyLive magazine: “Since leaving home I have worked hard to get to where I am in terms of my recovery. The lockdown has slowed things down a bit, but I feel like I’ve made some progress . “

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The lucrative engine saga had another drama in November 2013 with the death of Paul Walker following a car accident (after a gala). The shooting had abruptly stopped and a rewriting of the scenario was necessary. The actor’s brothers were then called in as backup to serve as liners. The film, which was due to be released in the summer of 2014, was finally released in April 2015 in France.

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