Saturday, September 5, 2015

William Hurt emailed friend about safety concerns on Allman Brothers biopic set

Movie star WILLIAM HURT raised concerns about the dangers of filming on train tracks days before a young camera assistant was killed on the set of stalled ALLMAN BROTHERS biopic MIDNIGHT RIDER. In an email sent to a friend, Hurt, who is set to play Gregg Allman in the film, wrote he had been assured that it was safe to film on the Doctortown Railroad Trestle in Wayne County, Georgia. But he asked "how long the crew had to get off if by some impossible chance another train came," and was told they had 60 seconds. In the note, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the actor added, "I said, 'Sixty seconds is not enough time to get us off this bridge'. There was a communal pause. No one backed me up. Then, we... just went ahead. I took off my shoes, got on the heavy, metal hospital bed and began preparing." However, when a train did appear, Hurt recalls, "We didn't have 60 seconds. We had less than 30." Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by the train and killed and six other crew members were injured. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office told the Times that Midnight Rider's producers did not have permission to film on the railway trestle, adding there was no railroad representative on the set. The incident is still under investigation and production has since been suspended.

William Hurt emailed friend about safety concerns on Allman Brothers biopic set

0 comments
, William Hurt<br />Fox All-Star Party At The Pier - Arrivals held at the Santa Monica Pier<br />Los Angeles, California - 14.07.08<br />Credit: (Mandatory): Apega/WENN
, William Hurt Fox All-Star Party At The Pier - Arrivals held at the Santa Monica Pier Los Angeles, California - 14.07.08 Credit: (Mandatory): Apega/WENN Apega/WENN
Movie star WILLIAM HURT raised concerns about the dangers of filming on train tracks days before a young camera assistant was killed on the set of stalled ALLMAN BROTHERS biopic MIDNIGHT RIDER. In an email sent to a friend, Hurt, who is set to play Gregg Allman in the film, wrote he had been assured that it was safe to film on the Doctortown Railroad Trestle in Wayne County, Georgia. But he asked "how long the crew had to get off if by some impossible chance another train came," and was told they had 60 seconds. In the note, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the actor added, "I said, 'Sixty seconds is not enough time to get us off this bridge'. There was a communal pause. No one backed me up. Then, we... just went ahead. I took off my shoes, got on the heavy, metal hospital bed and began preparing." However, when a train did appear, Hurt recalls, "We didn't have 60 seconds. We had less than 30." Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by the train and killed and six other crew members were injured. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office told the Times that Midnight Rider's producers did not have permission to film on the railway trestle, adding there was no railroad representative on the set. The incident is still under investigation and production has since been suspended.
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
If you've got an insatiable appetite for the latest and greatest celebrity fodder, we've got your fix! Our Celebrities & Gossip blog highlights breaking local and national celebrity news.

Gabrielle Bonghi Philly.com
Molly Eichel Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Vadala Philly.com
Mare McKeever philly.com
Jenny DeHuff Daily News Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter