October 13th, 2011
09:35 AM ET
CNN can confirm that eleven background actors were hospitalized after an accident on the Toronto set of Sony/Screen Gems’ “Resident Evil: Retribution” Tuesday.
The actors were filming when they fell through a gap created when a four-foot high platform separated from the set at Cinespace Film Studios. According to Deadline, the 16 people who were injured in total were in costume as zombies.
“It is with regret that we confirm this unfortunate accident,” Davis Films/Impact Pictures and Constantin Film International said in a statement to CNN. “The thoughts of everyone involved in the production are with those who have been injured, and we hope that all have a quick and complete recovery. The filmmakers are continuing to work closely with the authorities in responding to this accident.”
The film companies report that "one background actor suffered a cracked rib, one a stress fracture of the tibia and one a possible back injury." They note that none of the injuries were life-threatening. “Seven of the injured have already returned to the set.”
The movie’s star Milla Jovovich has been visiting one particular zombie extra at a Toronto hospital.
"I promised her that I would come and see her every week while I'm here to give her support and strength in her recovery,” the actress tweeted Tuesday of actor April, who she reports is “in a lot of pain” with a back injury. “I can't believe she said she wants to come back and finish her part, she's incredible."
Thursday morning, Jovovich gave an update on April: "She is on pain meds and staying in bed at the best fracture/injury hospital in toronto. She txted me yesterday to say that she was feeling stronger and wanted to recover quickly for her family and friends! She's so amazing!"
She has also thanked fans "for all your kind messages for our sweet, amazing zombie extras! We couldn't make these films [without] their hard work and enthusiasm."
“Resident Evil: Retribution” is the fifth movie based on the video game, and is slated to hit theaters September 14, 2012.
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