It’s natural to assume that a film set is the safest place on the planet. When you’re working with stars who have single body parts insured for thousands, if not millions, of dollars, it’s worth ensuring every element of the production is like one enormous soft play area.
Of course, no matter how hard you try to ensure the safety of your performers, there is always a risk that things can go wrong. Just look at Tom Cruise, who last month snapped his ankle whilst performing his own stunt for the latest installment in the Mission Impossible franchise.
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One actress who knows only too well the perils of a film set is 20-year-old Taylor Hickson, who was left with a deep scar on her face after falling through a glass door on the set of horror film Ghostland.
Hickson, who was 19-years-old at the time of the incident, was left severely injured with a particularly deep wound to her face. Despite expert medical attention, the aspiring actress has been left with a noticeable scar on her cheek which she is the baseline for the lawsuit which she has now launched against Incident Productions, the company behind the film.
Hickson, who’d previously had a small role in the 2016 blockbuster hit Deadpool, is claiming loss of income as a result of her disfiguring injury, which left her requiring 70 stitches to her face.
Speaking of the incident to Deadline, Hickson explained her horrific ordeal: “The crafts services lady held my face together with napkins in her hands. She went through so many napkins, there was so much blood.”
In the suit, it is claimed that “the director [Pascal Laugier], consistently told [Hickson] to pound harder on the glass with her fists. At one point during the filming of the scene, and after being asked to increase the strength with which [she] pounded on the glass, [she] asked one of the producers and the director if it was safe to do so. That producer and the director both replied in the affirmative.”
But as Hickson’s acting intensified, disaster struck. “The glass shattered, causing [her] head and upper body to fall through the door and shards of glass. As a result of the incident, [she] badly cut the left side of her face,” the suit claims.
The deep scar which now adorns her cheek has had a great impact on Hickson’s self-confidence. “It’s been mass amounts of insecurity, conflicted, confused, hurt, angry, and sad that this was my last day on set and no precautions were taken,” she told Deadline.
Since the incident, Hickson has “undergone treatment including laser treatment and silicone treatment”, however that hasn’t been enough to completely conceal the damage caused by the accident. “One year post-incident, [she] has been left with permanent scarring on the left side of her face,” the suit states. “It is unknown at this time if any further treatment, including plastic surgery, would reduce the visual appearance of the injury.”
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The suit continues to state that Hickson “was a busy, up and coming actor in the very competitive movie industry,” and that “as a result of the injury, she has lost income [during] the period of time she was unable to act while she recovered from her injury.”
There can be no denying that Hickson’s injury is severe in an industry which is obsessed with physical perfection. So who can really blame her for suing the production company responsible for the deep scar which is now the focal point of her career?