Ghost Rider stuntman sues over crash

2013-03-12 09:03
Los Angeles - A stuntman is suing the producers of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance for over $1m in damages.

Michael 'Crazy Mike' Gaboff has brought a lawsuit against the bosses of the comic book film - which stars Nicolas Cage as the titular character - after a promotional stunt went wrong and left him with life-threatening injuries.

Gaboff was left with a broken back, collapsed lungs and second-degree burns after he drove a motorbike into a lake while on fire in an attempt to recreate the flaming skulled anti-hero's antics.

He claims producers Break Media, Sony Pictures and Next Point, Inc were negligent in the execution of the stunt in April 2012 - which was organised to promote the DVD release of the movie - and his lawsuit states the producers showed "a conscious disregard of the safety of those observing the activity".

'It won't be with me'

Gaboff was hospitalised for an extended period of time and incurred over $1m worth of hospital bills due to his injuries.

Meanwhile, Cage has distanced himself from appearing in a third Ghost Rider film.

The 49-year-old actor believes he is done with Johnny Blaze and his supernatural alter-ego but he believes a third movie could go ahead with a new lead actor.

Speaking about a Ghost Rider 3 movie with website Collider, comic book lover Cage said: "It's possible, but it won't be with me. I've said what I have to say. I don't want to say never (...) anything's possible. But I doubt, highly, that I would be in a third instalment of that."