Here’s some more bad news for Tom Cruise and his upcoming Valkyrie movie. 11 extras fell out of a moving truck during filming in Berlin last year, and are now trying to sue United Artists for $11 million.
The accident happened almost exactly one year ago and saw all 11, still wearing their Wehrmacht uniforms, sent to the hospital with an array of injuries, ranging from bumps and bruises to broken ribs and pulled ligaments. One extra was kept in the hospital for four days on suspicion of internal injuries.
The actors fell onto the street when a fold-down side-rail on the bed of the truck — against which the thespians were leaning — failed. The group’s lawyer, Ariane Bluttner, says that United Studios knew that the trucks used in the filming were not entirely safe.
“The studio knew the trucks were rickety,” Bluttner told SPIEGEL ONLINE. “There had even been an internal memo about the railings.”
This would be devastating for United Artists, as Valkyrie probably won’t even make $11 million in it’s opening weekend. Although, I highly doubt a couple of bruises and a few pulled muscles is worth $1 million for each extra. If I was thrown from a truck I would just demand Tom Cruise perform the ‘Scientology Dance of Life’ to the tune of Milkshake by Kelis. That’ll teach em to keep their trucks safe and secure!