The latest Fast and Furious instalment was stricken with tragedy recently.

How real are the movies we see?

It’s a good question, as many simply think that CGI-trickery accounts for the majority of the high-concept spectacle we see in our blockbusters. Of course, CGI is crucial for many of the years’ biggest movies to work, but there are always a group of highly skilled people who commit themselves completely to make the movies we see as immersive as possible. 

The stuntman is of the utmost importance in films like Fast and Furious 9. We’ve seen stunts take on an even more important role in the modern blockbuster lately, with stars like Tom Cruise pushing the limits of what can be accomplished in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Arguably, it’s always so much more exciting knowing that someone is really doing what we see on screen, but of course, as the stunts become more exhilarating, the danger increases. 

People get ready to watch the stars arrive for the world premiere of “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” at the Dolby theatre on July 13, 2019 in Hollywood. (Photo by Robyn Beck

Fast and Furious 9: Accident

It’s always absolutely heartbreaking to hear of on-set casualties; these are people who are giving their all for the benefit of our entertainment, intent on delivering the very best to audiences.

Sadly, the latest project to experience such tragedy is the forthcoming Fast and Furious instalment. The media franchise is one of the most popular and financially successful today and is even branching out with spin-off’s this year, courtesy of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. 

On the set of the ninth film – directed by Justin Lin – one of the stuntmen was severely injured on Monday, 22nd July 2019, as noted by The Independent. Production reportedly ceased for the day in wake of the tragedy but resumed once again the following day.

The source says that stuntman Joe Watts was badly hurt after falling from an elevated stage at Warner Bros.’ Leavesden studio.


Stuntman Joe Watts

Everyone is still wondering if he’s okay, but as reported by Pop Culture, Joe remains in critical condition, hospitalised in London.

The same source includes that the 31-year-old actor fell a whopping thirty feet and landed on his head. A source told The Wrap; “He was meant to be left dangling below the balcony via the wire and then lowered slowly to the ground, but he plunged to the ground and landed on his head.”

He has performed stunts across a range of huge productions, namely Spider-Man: Far From Home, Murder Mystery, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ready Player One, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and even the aforementioned Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Hopefully, a positive update on his health is offered soon. 


Fast and Furious 9: Release date

At the moment, Fast and Furious 9 is pretty mysterious, with the plot being kept firmly under wraps. However, it’s easily one of the most anticipated movies of next year. 

Although Hobbs & Shaw provides a solid pre-cursor, fans cannot wait to see the return of Dom and the crew, and after the last film, it’s hard to imagine the production succeeding it as an even more bonkers action romp. The franchise has evolved so much over the years, beginning as a street-racing series and then embracing heist narratives and more action-driven sequences. 

It’s bigger than anyone could possibly have anticipated, so be sure to check out the ninth instalment, which is expected to arrive in UK cinemas on Friday, May 22nd 2020. 

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