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Updated: Family of Injured Stuntman on Potter Films Issues Statement

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Posted by: sue
January 30, 2009, 09:16 AM

Update: Through representatives, Daniel Radcliffe has asked that everyone note that his comments will remain private between himself and the stunt man.

The family of the stuntman who was seriously injured recently on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has now issued a statement. UK Channel 4 reports that the family of 25 year old David Holmes has issued the following:

"We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. We are trusting in the expertise of the medical staff who are caring for David and would ask the media to please respect the privacy of our family while we concentrate on helping each other through this difficult time."

The accident occurred earlier this week at Leavesden Studios in London, England where prep work is underway for main photography on the two part Deathly Hallows films which is due to begin on February 15. The stuntman, a long time double for actor Dan Radcliffe in his role as Harry Potter, fell while testing an aerial stunt, injuring his back upon landing on the ground. Dan Radcliffe was not present, as he is still in New York completing his final days in the Broadway production of Equus.

The Mirror  also cites a friend of the injured man as saying:

“They are hoping he will make a full recovery. But it was a nasty injury and it might be some time before they know exactly what they are dealing with.

“He is hoping he hasn’t suffered any really serious permanent damage. He has worked in the film industry long enough to know it can be dangerous. And no matter what precautions are taken, performing stunts always carries a risk. But he has always loved his work and he will be hoping this isn’t the end of his career.”

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473 Points

I hope he makes a full recovery and gets better soon.

Posted by aLilyForAPrince on January 31, 2009, 01:24 AM report to moderator
1884 Points

Poor guy!! I hope he recovers properly!

Posted by Neil in Scotland * ROAR! * on January 31, 2009, 08:32 AM report to moderator
44049 Points

Get well soon!

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on January 31, 2009, 08:35 AM report to moderator
320 Points

Three cheers to Daniel for his statement. This is a private matter, and we have no right to know what goes on between the two of them. I hope everything turns out well for this young man.

Posted by jeannemclROAR on January 31, 2009, 02:00 PM report to moderator
282 Points

I hope everything is ok for him. This will be a very hard time for him and his family. I wish him well.

Posted by camsammom1 on January 31, 2009, 02:21 PM report to moderator
1151 Points

I hope he gets better, and that’s not just because he does the movies and it would slow them up.

Posted by McGiggles92 on January 31, 2009, 02:37 PM report to moderator
2482 Points

I don’t pray much, but I did it for him. I really hope he recovers soon.
Best wishes to David and all his family.

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on January 31, 2009, 02:57 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

OUCH! i feelso for the guy! my thoughts and prayers r with him and his family!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on January 31, 2009, 03:05 PM report to moderator
441 Points

Hope that everything will turn out ok for the stuntman and everyone around him.

Posted by starkitty313 on January 31, 2009, 03:12 PM report to moderator
2984 Points

my prayers are with him for a full recovery and with his family.

Posted by tgfoy (ROAR) on January 31, 2009, 06:56 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Lets hope he makes a full recovery! They DO NOT pay these stunt guys and gals enough for what they do, and the risks they take…

Posted by Won_Two on January 31, 2009, 07:17 PM report to moderator
1012 Points

My prayers are with him and his family.

Posted by lnh92(Lorrie) on January 31, 2009, 07:53 PM report to moderator
102 Points

Prayers and well wishes to him and his family for a speedy and full recovery!!!

Posted by Hufflebug on January 31, 2009, 10:09 PM report to moderator
586 Points

This is definitely sad that such things happen. Of course they know the risk but one never really think that it will happen that often. I hope he will gain full recovery!

Posted by thereshegoes on February 01, 2009, 07:24 AM report to moderator
16484 Points

I hope he gets well soon, I hadn’t realized it was so serious at first. My best wishes to him and his family.

Posted by Vicky Granger [ROAR] *Prof Adrasteia Andraste* on February 01, 2009, 09:32 AM report to moderator
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