Stuntman OK after scare on "Safe" set
A "Safe" stuntman got a round of applause Sunday evening after he got up from a stretcher after medics responded to pull him out of a Chevy Tahoe in which he was driving in a crash scene in the action/thriller which shot along JFK Boulevard between 18th and 19th streets. Onlookers feared for the stuntman after fire trucks and ambulances arrived but he got up from the stretcher instead of being loaded into an ambulance. Actor Jason Statham ("The Expendables," "Transporter") shot, literally, Sunday afternoon at 15th & Moravian in Center City. Statham, who had his makeup done inside Cafe Loftus (136 S. 15th), shot several people in a scene that filmed in the afternoon. Even with blanks instead of bullets the gunshots were "deafening" says our earwitness. On Thursday and Friday the movie shot inside Cebu (2nd & Chestnut) and Friday night Statham and producer Lawrence Bender, whose credits include all of Quentin Tarantino's films, were among a party of six at the bar area at Smith & Wollensky in the Rittenhouse Hotel. Statham had a sirloin, Bender, a ribsteak and the gang shared a few appetizers. The Boaz Yakin film will shoot here into December.