Injured 'Fast & Furious' stuntman is out of intensive care with a 'long road ahead'

Julia Hunt
Contributor
Filming for a car chase takes place in Glasgow city centre, for a new Fast and Furious franchise movie. (Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)

The stuntman injured on the set of Fast & Furious 9 has been moved out of intensive care but still has “a long road ahead” of him.

Joe Watts, 31, suffered a serious head injury while working on the movie at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire last month and had to be airlifted to hospital in London.

It was reported that he was hurt in a fall.

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The performer has now released a statement from himself, his partner Tilly Powell and their families, which says doctors are pleased with his progress.

The message also thanks those who sent good wishes in the wake of the incident.

The statement said: “We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes since Joe's accident whilst filming Fast & Furious 9.

"We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support from friends, family and the stunt community, as well as the Fast & Furious 9 cast, crew and Universal Pictures.

"While Joe remains in hospital and there is still a long road ahead, he has been moved out of the ICU and doctors are pleased with his progress."

They added: "We'd especially like to send an enormous thank you to the air ambulance crew, all the fantastic doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal London Hospital who have provided amazing care to Joe."

Police and paramedics were called to the scene after the accident on July 22, and production was halted.

Watt’s partner Powell later said her heart was “shattered”.

The BBC reported that the Health and Safety Executive was investigating after the incident.

Watts, who also works as a teacher, has several screen credits to his name, including. Games Of Thrones, Johnny English Strikes Again, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Fast & Furious 9 stars franchise regulars Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez and is due for release in 2020.

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A Universal Pictures spokesman said: "Universal Pictures and the
filmmakers, talent and crew of Fast & Furious 9 are heartened that Joe
is on the road to recovery with the support of his loved ones.

"Joe is a professional in every sense of the word and his commitment to his craft is inspiring to all of us. We know he'll continue to inspire us throughout his recovery.

"Everyone in the Fast family sends our heartfelt wishes and we will continue to support Joe and his family however we can."