Joi Harris

Stuntwoman Joi "SJ" Harris, who died on the set of the movie Deadpool 2, crashed on a motorcycle that was more powerful than bikes she was used to riding.

Veteran stunt riders say Harris was "totally unqualified" to perform stunts safely on the powerful Ducati motorcycle she was riding.

Harris died on Monday, August 14, when she lost control of the powerful bike during a stunt on the Deadpool 2 set in Vancouver, British Columbia.

She went airborne and crashed through a plate glass window into the lobby of the Shaw Tower.
 
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Conrad Palmisano, a veteran stunt coordinator, said Harris was riding a 900cc Ducati bike that was "much bigger, more powerful,” than the 300cc bikes she was accustomed to.

He said the tragedy could have been avoided if a more experienced stunt rider was hired for the job.

Deadpool 2 was Harris' first movie as a stunt rider. She was hired the week before to double for Zazie Beetz's Domino character.

Harris was a professional road racer who billed herself as the first black female licensed by the AMA.

Harris was not wearing a helmet because the Domino character didn't wear one.

Production on the film set resumed on Wednesday in Vancouver.

  • Lisa Hudson

    Rest in peace ?

  • You Could Never

    Her hair was everything. RIP again to her

  • ShWa

    RIP.

  • ShWa

    RIP.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    So unfortunate.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    So unfortunate.

  • Kanyade

    RIP

  • Noirluv45

    Very sad and unnecessary.

  • Platoon

    Sacrifice. Simple.

  • 100milesperhour

    Veteran stunt coordinator: "He said the tragedy could have been avoided if a more experienced stunt rider was hired for the job". Why would they hire someone knowing she wasn't qualified,cheap labor? Unless she "embellished" like people do on their resumes about their qualifications.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    SMR: Stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris, who died on the set of the movie Deadpool 2, crashed on a motorcycle that was more powerful than bikes she was used to riding

    And?

    She obviously knew this fact but decided to take the risk anyway.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Conspiracy nut sez what?

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    I read about this a few days ago. Very sad. Especially with it being her very first stunt . RIP.

  • BettyBoop

    No job is worth risking your life. NO JOB!

  • Platoon

    Come again.

  • Waya Hedia

    The Producers exploited her.
    She was likely far less money than the pros who have been doing it for a long time.
    She probably really wanted the gig and was confident she could do it, though she opted to take unnecessary risks. WHOLLY unnecessary.
    As much as I wanted to see this movie, I am going to pass on it for ethical reasons. I had trouble watching Ben Hur as well.

  • Lovely1

    I really hate she took the job. smh RIP

  • Justlooknout

    Sorry to hear this, she was trying to make a way doing something she loved.

    RIP IN PEACE SISTER

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You claimed that Joi was a 'sacrifice'.

    That's a conspiracy level statement.

  • Platoon

    Of course it is to someone who unaware of the world we live in. You seem to always defend what you don't know about.

    I pray that you wake up

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I believe in some conspiracy theories but not all of them.

    Ha,ha,ha!!!

  • Platoon

    Ok.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    It happens. The family will sue, of course that will not bring her back, but I get both sides of this. Life's about challenging yourself and she did just that. Unfortunately it didn't work in her favor.

  • Judi Lauren

    Went to hs with her. SIP

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    My heart goes out to her loved ones

  • parisjok

    why why why why would she take a job on a movie that she had to have known she was not really qualified for. the movie personnel should not have hired her. wonder if she stretched the truth about her skills

  • parisjok

    was thinking the same thing

  • interestingconcept1

    These folks out here are desperate. She should have spoken up.

  • Gigi La Moore

    She probably thought she could do it. False bravado.

  • Gigi La Moore

    On every job interview, most people stretch the truth about their skills. It didn't go her way, unfortunately. R.I.P.

  • Gigi La Moore

    She was a grown woman. Don't blame it on exploitation.

  • lovelygamour

    that's it. its hard to get real work. this was a real movie even if the budget is questionable.

  • lovelygamour

    most of the time they don't tell you everything until you are already signed. they knew she wasn't qualified. they should've switch to a man for that scene.

  • lovelygamour

    some times they ask you what are you comfortable with. then as production is rolling they come to you with additional things. most scripts aren't finished before shooting. they should have switched her with a man. that bike is huge. she should've said no. they would've never hired her again but she would be alive.

  • lovelygamour

    cheap. some stunt people don't even get the script until they show up that day. its really not worth it unless you can work with tom cruise or mel Gibson.

  • lovelygamour

    in the sense that they didn't plan properly at all.

  • Waya Hedia

    Having been in film for 30 years, if you are a newbie, the professionals don't care what you are comfortable with , they care whether you're going to get the shot without hurting yourself or someone else. The professionals, that is. Now, wait for the rest of the story to come out. They made a big mistake and they'll eventually be called on it.

  • lovelygamour

    she didn't want to make a bad name for herself so she attempted. however where was the stunt coordinator. I know they are in Canada but someone is going to have to answer for this. this is why we need unions. unions fight when you are scared to write your name.
    being a stunt person isn't worth it unless you work with tom cruise or mel Gibson. I cant even think of anyone else. they don't take care of stunt crew that well.
    a man should've done that stunt. I knew from the picture it wasn't a match. she doesn't weigh enough. we are so use to protocols that we go along with anything. she should've said no. she would've been blackballed from somethings but as a small blackwoman she would've found other work but not a lot.
    I have been on sets where the stunt coordinator would do a stunt if the stunt person couldn't. they shouldn't even asked her. period. a waste of time. but a man would cost more.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    She kind'a looks like a dark skinned MC Lyte

  • Platoon

    That's the first layer.

    This is Hollywood. Home of the occult and sacrifices

  • lovelygamour

    that's what I meant by "comfortable" instead of asking "what skills were you taught" they ask "what are you comfortable with" then they keep pushing for more. in todays cheap world they aren't paying for pros.