9 Directors Who Really F**ked Up The First Day Of Filming

8. Paul W.S. Anderson's Negligence Left A Stuntwoman Disfigured - Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil Retribution Milla Jovovich Paul WS Anderson

Say what you want about Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil movies, but Anderson and co. reliably brought shooting to an end on time and within a sensible budget, allowing strong returns at the box office.

But the sixth and final film in Anderson's franchise was marred by tragedy and disaster from its very first day, when stuntwoman Olivia Jackson's motorcycle was hit by a camera crane, leaving her in a medically-induced coma for two weeks.

Jackson's injuries included a "degloved" face (look it up), crushed facial bones, cerebral trauma, a severed neck artery, broken ribs, a paralysed arm which required amputation, and much more.

Last year, Jackson initiated legal action against the various production companies and also Anderson himself, who is a producer on the series.

The lawsuit dictates that the producers were guilty of "elevating financial considerations over safety" by asking her to perform the scene in inclement weather last-minute.

Unfortunately, day one wasn't the only nightmare the crew had to contend with, however, as near the end of shooting, crew member Ricardo Cornelius was crushed to death by a Humvee in a second accident.

That's quite the disastrous way to begin and end your production. Nothing is more important on a movie set than safety, and it's typically the most catastrophic way in which a director can fail their cast and crew.


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