Fast and Furious’ Jason Statham calls stuntmen ‘heroes’ after Joe Watt’s fall

Fast and Furious favourite Jason Statham has spoken out to address 'brave' stuntman Joe Watt's falll.

Stuntman Joe was left with severe head injuries during the making of the next installment of the hit film franchise.

He reportedly fell 30ft during filming at the Warner Bros Studio in Hertfordshire.

Watts has been placed in an induced coma after suffering a head injury, his heartbroken fiancée Tilly Powell has said.

Star Jason, who will appear in spin-off Hobbs & Shaw alongside Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, has spoken about the impact of the Vin Diesel stunt double being left fighting for life has had.

"On set, the stunt people are and have been for my whole career the best relationships I have, and the most fun I have ever had on a set, always with the stunt guys," Jason, 51, told Extra .

"'It is such an unpredictable science. I feel they are the unsung heroes in some ways.

"They put themselves out there to make other people look good without anything back.

"You do every measure that you can eliminate these things from happening. It’s just a real shame that accidents happen. It’s awful for the families when someone gets really hurt."

A source told Mirror Online : "The stuntman fell at least 30ft – maybe a bit more.

"Vin Diesel was seen on set seconds after. He looked ashen, totally in shock and blinking back tears. He saw what happened.

"They were filming a very high balcony scene. The stuntman leapt from the balcony attached to a safety wire, but it looks like the cable snapped.'

"He was meant to be left dangling below the balcony via the wire and then lowered slowly to the ground, but he plunged to the ground and landed on his head.'

The new Fast and Furious film is set to release in May next year.

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