Actors dressed as zombies injured at Toronto studio
Hollywood star Milla Jovovich was not injured in a bizarre accident on the Toronto set of her latest movie in which several actors dressed as zombies were sent to the hospital, a spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.
Jovovich is in Toronto shooting Resident Evil: Retribution, the most recent in the film franchise based on a popular video game series.
Shooting was halted Tuesday morning when as many as 16 people were injured after falling from a platform on the set at Cinespace Film Studios, on Kipling Avenue south of Bloor Street.
Toronto's Emergency Medical Services say nearly a dozen people were taken to hospital – two of them on backboards – to be treated for bruises and broken bones after falling from the platform.
One background actor suffered a cracked rib, one a stress fracture and one a possible back injury when the 1.2 metre platform separated from the set, said the production company, Davis Films/Impact Pictures.
"The thoughts of everyone involved in the production are with those who have been injured," The company said in a statement. "We hope that all have a quick and complete recovery."
CTV Toronto's Zuraidah Alman reports that 10 actors and six crew members were among the injured.
Confusion surrounding the incident was compounded by the movie's post-apocalyptic theme. The actors were all dressed like zombies, making it difficult for police and paramedics to assess their injuries.
"It was obvious that they were actors and they were in character," Sgt. Andrew Gibson told reporters. "It did kind of catch us off guard when we walked in. We were quickly able to figure out who was injured and who was in character."
Resident Evil: Retribution is the fifth movie in a successful film franchise that also stars Michelle Rodriguez and Ali Larter, slated for release in September 2012.
A number of prominent Hollywood films have been shot at Cinespace Film Studios over the years, including "Mean Girls," "Hairspray" and "Chicago."
With files from CTV Toronto's Zuraidah Alman and etalk