Milla Jovovich, the star of the ‘Resident Evil’ movies, has said that she is 'totally devastated’ following the on-set accident which resulted in a stuntwoman sustaining serious head injuries.
32-year-old Olivia Jackson was on the South African set of 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’, and ran into a metal camera arm while riding a motorbike during a stunt sequence on September 5.
She’s since been put into a medically-induced coma while she recovers and is being 'carefully monitored’ by hospital staff.
Taking to Facebook, Jovovich, whose husband Paul W.S. Anderson directs the movie series, said: “None of us have experienced anything like this in our careers making action films and hope we never do again, but the production reacted very quickly to ensure she received the best care and also in reaching out to her family and making sure they were informed and looked after during this overwhelmingly difficult time.
“Its a miracle that she survived. I didn’t know her very well, as we were all just getting going with the film, but the few times we rehearsed together, I really looked up to her because she danced through the choreography, beautiful and graceful.
“It’s a testament to Olivia’s strength that she managed to survive and also the quick reaction of our on set safety officer and his team that she has finally been pronounced stable.
“All of us here have been praying every single day for her and her family and sending our thoughts out hoping some of the positive energy reaches her, because she truly needs it…
“I would really appreciate it if you would take a moment out of your busy days ahead and pray for Olivia’s full recovery too. She needs all the help she can get right now and every bit of the good energy we can send.”
A spokesperson for Constantin Films, which is making the movie, confirmed that the accident had caused injuries to Ms Jackson’s arm, face, head and shoulder.
Her husband David Grant, who is also a stuntman, tweeted: “She’s my inspiration and my world and one tuff little motherf*****. She’s fighting hard.”
Jackson has featured in a wealth of Hollywood movies as a stunt double, among them 'Guardians of the Galaxy’, 'Mad Max: Fury Road’ and recently ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, in which she doubled for Daisy Ridley.
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