Injured 'Fast & Furious 9' Stuntman Out of Intensive Care
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Joe Watts, the stuntman who was injured on the set of "Fast & Furious 9," has been moved out of intensive care.
Watts, an experienced stunt performer, sustained head injuries last month in a fall on the set of the Universal Pictures movie, which was shooting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, near London. He was taken to a hospital by air. The U.K.'s Health and Safety Executive is investigating what caused the incident.
The Watts family and his girlfriend, Tilly Powell, who is also a stunt professional, issued a statement Thursday with an update on his condition.
"While Joe remains in hospital and there is still a long road ahead, he has been moved out of the ICU and doctors are pleased with his progress," the statement said. "We'd especially like to send an enormous thank-you to the air ambulance crew, all the fantastic doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal London Hospital who have provided amazing care to Joe."
The family expressed gratitude for the support Watts has received since the accident: "We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support from friends, family and the stunt community, as well as the 'Fast & Furious 9' cast, crew and Universal Pictures."
Watts' family asked for privacy while he recovers.
A spokesman for Universal said in a statement that the studio, "the filmmakers, talent and crew of 'Fast & Furious 9' are heartened that Joe is on the road to recovery with the support of his loved ones. Joe is a professional in every sense of the word and his commitment to his craft is inspiring to all of us. We know he'll continue to inspire us throughout his recovery. Everyone in the 'Fast' family sends our heartfelt wishes and we will continue to support Joe and his family however we can."
"Fast & Furious 9" stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron. It opens in May 2020.
Leavesden was the base for the Harry Potter movies and is now home to the Harry Potter studio tour.
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