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The production of Deadpool 2 was rocked earlier this year when Joi "S.J." Harris was killed in a terrible motorcycle accident while doubling as Zazie Beetz's Domino. Following the incident, members of the production have slowly but surely spoken out to voice their condolences and attempt to explain what happened. Now Cable actor Josh Brolin has finally opened up and addressed the death of Joi Harris on-set earlier this year, and he seems just as baffled by what happened as the rest of us. Brolin opened up while promoting the recent release of Only the Brave and explained:
We had somebody pass away on Deadpool 2 and it was an absolute freak accident. The woman was such a wonderful woman ... it wasn't even a stunt, it was a freak accident. It was a terrible thing that happened. Was it a nano-decision that she made in order to save the bike and this, you know what I mean? You could look into it all [these ways], but sometimes things just happen that are tragic.
If you have kept up with the aftermath of Joi Harris' death and the production of Deadpool 2, then Josh Brolin's comments to the Associated Press (via EW) should sound familiar. The entire situation sounds like a regrettable, "freak" occurrence, and the incident that took Ms. Harris' life was not even a stunt gone wrong. She just lost control of her motorcycle, which subsequently led to her suffering fatal wounds after driving into a plate glass window. Brolin's remarks definitely seem to echo the sentiment of other members of the Deadpool 2 production. Actors Zazie Beetz expressed her own feelings of remorse and sympathy after the accident, and Wade Wilson actor Ryan Reynolds deviated from his usual smartass ways to provide his own somber condolences shortly after the crash.
The death of Joi Harris on the set of Deadpool 2 is just one of many recent incidents that have rocked the stunt industry. The set of AMC's The Walking Dead was similarly devastated by the untimely death of a stuntman during the production of Season 8 earlier this year, and action icon Tom Cruise suffered a broken leg on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 while jumping between two buildings for an action set piece -- which subsequently caused production to shut down. By its very nature, stunt work is dangerous; that said, 2017 has definitely shown us what's at stake for the members of this industry.