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Report explains Sizemore’s role in accident that injured stuntman


Tom Sizemore

LOS ANGELES — One minute, stuntman Steve de Castro was playing dead during filming of television series “Shooter” at a remote location north of Los Angeles. The next minute, de Castro was run over and dragged by a sport utility vehicle driven by actor Tom Sizemore.

It was no stunt. And it wasn’t the only thing not in the script that day. Sizemore wasn’t supposed to move the vehicle during the scene, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

The accident left de Castro with fractures in his wrist and forearm, bone and tissue damage and 100 stitches in his forehead, the records show. The stuntman was pinned by the SUV and had to be airlifted from the rural airport where “Shooter” was filming on July 6 of last year.

Th e f i l e s o b ta i n e d by the AP include i n te r v i ews w i t h s eve r - al people on t h e s e t wh o said Sizemore atte n d e d a safety briefing and rehearsals, where he was instructed to get behind the wheel of the SUV in the scene but not move it.

Details about the accident and how Sizemore’s actions deviated from shooting plans were included in an investigation file compiled by the workplace safety agency Cal/OSHA.

The agency issued no citations over the accident after determining it didn’t have jurisdiction because t h e s t u n t m a n wa s a n independent contractor, not a studio employee.

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