We often hear about crew members meeting unfortunate fates on the sets of films and any real controversy settled with certain compensation. However, this time it’s pretty different and serious. The death of two stuntmen has been plastered all over the news and stars are definitely not working in favour of Actor Tom Cruise And director Doug Liman.
The families of pilots who met with an accident have blamed Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman‘s desire to film a “high-risk, action-packed motion picture” as the main cause of the deaths of two crew members on the upcoming film, American Made. The families of pilots Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl – who lost their lives after their twin-engine plane crashed while filming has blamed Tom Cruise and Liman in legal documents obtained by People.com.
According to the documents, “The demands of filming in Colombia, together with Cruise’s and director Doug Liman’s enthusiasm for multiple takes of lavish flying sequences, added hours to every filming day and added days to the schedule.”
The Hollywood actor and Liman are not named as defendants in the lawsuit but the families of the victims say the pair were “negligent” by allowing the flight to take off.
Purwin and Berl’s families are both suing production companies Imagine Entertainment, Cross Creek Pictures and Vendian Entertainment for wrongful death and damages.
They claim the producers ignored safety procedures before the flight in order to save time and money.
Court documents stated: “Lapses in planning, coordinating, scheduling, and flight safety that were the Defendants’ responsibility resulted in an unqualified and unprepared pilot being pressed into service for a dangerous flight in a vintage aircraft across an unfamiliar mountain pass in bad weather.”
The lawsuit also claims an unnamed executive producer allegedly told an insurance company: “DL [Director Liman] and TC [Cruise] [are] adding entire scenes and aerial shots on the fly. Had to bring in Uni Safety to help wrangle them. In the last 48 hours this has become the most insane s**t I’ve ever dealt with.”