Nuo Sun filed documents at Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday (29Nov12) against Millennium Films chiefs and other entities involved with the production, according to TheWrap.com.
Sun claims he was injured in an explosion while filming a stunt on a rubber boat near the Ognyanovo Reservoir/Dam in Bulgaria in October, 2011.
The papers allege the accident left Sun with "severe shock and injury to and upon his nervous system, neck, head, body, arms and injuries, all of which may be permanent," as well as "great mental, physical and nervous pain and suffering".
Sun is seeking general damages in excess of $25,000 (£15,800), plus medical expenses past, present and future, compensation for loss of earnings and income, plus the costs of the suit.
The explosion killed another stuntman, 26-year-old Kun Liu. His parents sued The Expendables 2 filmmakers for more than $25 million (£15.6 million) in July (12).
An explosion near the Ognyanovo Reservoir in Bulgaria last October (11) killed stuntman Kun Liu and left fellow action man Nuo Sun - Lundgren's body double - wounded.
Sun, who was hit in the eye by a piece of iron, was hospitalised for several days in Germany, but his condition was later upgraded from critical to stable - to the relief of the cast and crew, who decided to keep filming in honour of Liu's work.
Sun eventually made a full recovery and returned to the set, but Lundgren reveals he struggled to overcome the near-death experience in the weeks that followed.
The Rocky IV star tells the Associated Press, "I could see, like, post-traumatic stress for a month after. Because he was very close to dying. It made us all realise that yeah, it is a dangerous business. You have to watch your steps."
Liu's parents are now suing the film's producers, who have dedicated the movie to the tragic stuntman, for more than $25 million (£15.6 million), claiming executives failed to take proper safety precautions on the set.
Kun Liu, 25, was shooting a scene near the Ognyanovo Reservoir in Bulgaria last October when he was killed in an explosion, and Stallone admits everyone on the set found the tragedy "very hard" to deal with.
Speaking to reporters while promoting The Expendables 2 in London on Monday (13Aug12), he says, "The stunt team took it very, very hard and shut down for quite a while. It's happened twice before on films I've been on and it's never easy."
Liu's parents are suing the film's producers for more than $25 million (£15.6 million), claiming movie executives failed to take proper safety precautions on the set.
It's not the only tragedy Stallone is dealing with at present - his 36-year-old son Sage was found dead in his Hollywood Hills apartment last month (Jul12), forcing the movie star/director to miss a series of promotional commitments for The Expendables 2.
Meanwhile, his half-sister Toni Ann Filiti's lung cancer battle has taken a turn for the worse and she has been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital in a critical condition.
Kun Liu's family members claim the movie executives failed to take proper safety precautions on the set in Bulgaria.
Liu, 25, was shooting an action scene near the Ognyanovo Reservoir last October (11) when he lost his life in the action sequence blast.
Production company Millennium Films and the on-set stunt co-ordinator Chad Stahelski have been named in the wrongful death suit, obtained by TMZ.com.
One man, Kun Lieu, died when an explosion stunt went badly wrong on the shoot in Bulgaria last Thursday (28Oct11), while another, Nuo Sun, was rushed to hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Sun is now in a stable condition and has been taken to Munich, Germany, for further medical attention, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A statement from production company Nu Image/Millennium Films reads, "Our deepest condolences go to the family of Kun Lieu. His passing is tragic. Our sympathies also go to Nuo Sun who was seriously injured as a result of the same explosion.
"We have been informed his condition has stabilised. He has been transported to Munich, Germany, where he is receiving top medical care from the best specialists."
We are mere inches away from the release of Salt, starring Angelina Jolie as a female spy. Salt is framed for a crime she didn’t commit and goes all one-woman-A-Team on her former bosses. The quality of the film itself may still be very much in question, but I’ll be damned if Angelina doesn’t look great in the trailer. Truth be told, you’d be hard-pressed to find a trailer in which she doesn’t look great. While I pondered that exact superficial nugget, a thunderclap of a thought struck me: The question of Jolie’s beauty is hardly debatable, but is she a talented actress? We’re talking about the top female box office draw in Hollywood, but is it really her competency in the craft of acting that provides for that distinction, or the fact that we can’t stop staring at her undisputed loveliness?
The frustrating part of this is that I cannot answer that question. For all my (admittedly limited) fluency in critical analysis, I am stymied. I honestly don’t know if I think Jolie has real chops as an actress or if her eyes manage to trap me in some kind of sex trance that clouds my objective judgment. I will therefore open it up to the room, hoping to collect a scientifically valid amount of data from our readership to arrive at some sort of conclusion. Let’s consider the following…
Is Screen Presence Tantamount to Talent?
I think about a movie like Mr. & Mrs. Smith and all the scenes wherein the director of photography lovingly photographs her come-hither gaze or her impressive silhouette. The word captivating seems to suit Jolie in that regard, but does that a solid performance make? She is able to be emotively expressive with her face, but there are some line deliveries in that film that fall so painfully flat that they call into question whether she had ever acted before. So while the camera loves her and she commands your attention, don’t we require more of our actresses? It is that she actually does deliver the goods but her talent is subsumed by her gorgeousness? Again, I have talked myself into a circle.
The Animation Argument
If the question really does boil down to beauty or talent, then it would make sense to decide it in the realm of animated films. If you can’t see the performer, then if nothing else we can judge their voice acting solely on talent right? It’s not the greatest of arguments but it serves as one piece of evidence. Unfortunately Jolie has done two: Shark Tale (terrible) and Kung Fu Panda (exceptional!). I’m starting to think I just can’t win.
The Jolie Type
I think one of the biggest dangers for any actor who reaches the level of celebrity as has Angelina is that your movie star persona begins to undermine your versatility. After a while, she lost the ability to inhabit characters and simply occupied the screen as Angelina Jolie. She developed a type that was the exact same exotic, mysterious sexpot that adorned the covers of countless celebrity magazines. I think Wanted is the best (or worst) example of this as her character work consists of being Angelina Jolie with a gun or Angelina Jolie in a slow-mo, vaguely sexual action pose. Her ability to play normal, everyday women has been forever obliterated by this 'Jolie Type'. But then again, this problem is not specific to Jolie but rather a byproduct of a sexist studio system. Again I find myself in a no-decision situation.
Her Critically Acclaimed Roles
In a career that boasts as many features as hers, Angelina has had trouble consistently attracting critical acclaim for her performances. Offhand I can think of four: Gia, Girl, Interrupted, A Mighty Heart, and Changeling. She won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Gia, an Oscar for Girl, Interrupted, and was most recently nominated for another Oscar for Changeling. While on the surface this seems like a smoking gun, how many times have the political inequities of the Academy Awards been argued? How many times have we debated not only the deservingness of the winners of Oscars/Emmys/etc but their status as nominees as well? I loved her in Girl, Interrupted but thought she was wooden and generic in Changeling. I’m also not a big proponent of the number of statuettes an artist amasses as the litmus test for their worth. Again, I am perplexed.
I think the question of whether an ungodly attractive performer is a superstar based on their appearance or their talent is ageless; the performers however are not. Talent is timeless while beauty has a shelf life. I’m starting to wonder if I won’t have to settle this, at least personally, once Jolie is in her 70’s and playing sweet, retired assassins or matronly former strippers.
SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg understands that to turn what is in essence a series of 10-minute segments into a 90-minute feature it's necessary to keep things very simple. With that he's envisioned a sort of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure for SpongeBob in which the hapless hero sets out on a quest to find the balding King Neptune's treasured crown. We all know it's been stolen by that tiny green megalomaniacal one-eyed sea creature known as Plankton--who sold it and has framed SpongeBob's boss Mr. Krab with the crime so he can be rid of him and rule the world--but the rest of Bikini Bottom doesn't including King Neptune who wants to turn Mr. Krab into an appetizer. Now even though he has just been passed over for the promotion of his dreams SpongeBob still believes his boss is innocent and convinces the king to spare Mr. Krab's life long enough to allow SpongeBob to go retrieve the crown. Along with his best pal Patrick SpongeBob embarks on the treacherous mission battling any number of obstacles in order to save Mr. Krab's life restore order in Bikini Bottom and prove once and for all he can be a real man…wait a grown up…er a big bad sponge? Yeah something like that.
The whole gang is here including standup comic Tom Kenny who provides the high nasal voice of SpongeBob; Bill Fagerbakke (TV's Coach) who voices the dopey but lovable Patrick; and the booming I'm-master-of-the-universe voice of Mr. Lawrence as the evil Plankton. There are also a few celebrity voices thrown in for good measure including Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor as the vain and insecure King Neptune; Scarlett Johansson as his kind and patient daughter Mindy (who looks a little like Velma from the Scooby-Doo series); and Alec Baldwin as a malevolent hit man. But the best cameo of all belongs to David Hasselhoff appearing as himself--in Baywatch mode of course. Hasselhoff helps SpongeBob and Patrick who find themselves in the "real" world get back to Bikini Bottom safely and looks like he's having a ball poking a little fun at himself--as well he should.
Hillenburg a former marine science teacher created SpongeBob after he decided he wanted to do a sea cartoon and thought a square sponge wearing shorts who lives in a pineapple house in a world of real sea animals was just the ticket. Sure we get why the kids love it. The cartoon is madcap slapsticky gross-out fun with SpongeBob and Patrick just big ol' kids themselves living in an undersea community where eating Krabby Patties showing your underwear and blowing bubbles are the bomb. It's the parents you gotta wonder about--the ones who say they are only watching it because their kids do but who secretly look forward to SpongeBob SquarePants episodes so they too can laugh their asses off. "It's about keeping your kid-nature in life and not totally becoming a curmudgeon " Hillenburg explains--but it's more than that. SpongeBob's humor is oftentimes aimed completely at the adults following the habits of some stellar predecessors such as the old Looney Tunes shorts and even more recently Ren and Stimpy. Examples: SpongeBob and Patrick laughing manically for five minutes longer than they should; the two of them getting totally blasted after eating too many ice cream sundaes and then waking up the next morning in a puddle of their own sick; and confused side glances at the camera from some scary-looking sea monsters who stop short from eating SpongeBob and Patrick after the two start singing about being real men er well you know what I mean. Funny funny stuff.
October 12, 2001 8:19am EST
The story takes place in Zhejiang a province ruled by a greedy governor who spends his days guarding his precious jewels and cavorting with his harem. But not even his legion of soldiers and mercenary Shaolin monks can stop the Iron Monkey a masked vigilante who steals from the rich to give to the poor from infiltrating the palace to stealing the governor's booty. Tired of continued defeat at the Iron Monkey's hands the governor orders his chief constable Master Fox to find and unmask the avenger. What no one realizes is that the Iron Monkey is also the benevolent town medic Dr. Yang. Caught up in the melee are Wong Kei-ying a respected physician and martial artist from Guangdong and his 10-year-old son Wong Fei-hong. In the ultimate kung fu showdown the Iron Monkey comes to the aid of those falsely accused of his crimes.
Yu Rong-guang as Dr. Yang a.k.a. Iron Monkey gives a seamless performance transitioning gracefully from the warm and delicate doctor to the deadly martial artist. Donnie Yen as the elder Wong a victim of the government's "monkey sweep " is saddled with the difficult task of portraying a tough militant fighter and a sweet and loving father yet he does so convincingly. The extremely talented young female martial arts champion Tsang Sze-man plays his son Wong Fei-hong the martial artist and patriot character featured in the Once Upon a Time in China movies and Drunken Master. Jean Wang also puts on a great show of skills as Miss Orchid Dr. Yang's assistant. The martial arts skills of the stars combined with their warm and realistic portrayals of their characters add depth to the otherwise comedic and clumsy minions who appear alongside them.
The fact that Iron Monkey was made in 1993 makes this film even more impressive than it already is. Originally released direct-to-video in the U.S. Miramax Films bought the theatrical rights in 2000 and re-released the newly restored subtitled print. While the subtitles help retain the sense of the original dialogue they also highlight its silliness. Characters for example announce their moves before doing them like "Shaolin Golden Palm!" or "Flying Sleeves!" The corny dialogue is at times reminiscent of old B-movies but the mind-blowing action sequences make up for that and the unoriginal story line. Why is the action so much better than the story? The director's skills lend a clue: -you might remember Iron Monkey director Yuen Wo Ping's action choreography from the recent hits Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and The Matrix.