The Injured ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Actor Speaks


On December 20, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark actor Christopher Tierney fell 30 feet and was severely injured in a failed stunt in front of a sold-out house during a Broadway performance. On December 24, we learned that Tierney would be spending his Xmas in the intensive care unit of the hospital recovering from his numerous injuries. Today, we get to hear from Tierney himself about the accident in a new interview he gave to a NYC news station set to air tonight.

Spider-Man’s battered Broadway stunt double is finally talking, and he’s got none of the web slinger’s usual wisecracks to offer about his harrowing onstage fall. “The last thing I remember was, like, uh, just going, ‘Oh, God,’ ” Christopher Tierney, a stuntman in “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” tells WCBS-TV news in an exclusive interview airing tonight at 11. “I was falling, and then I saw, once I hit the darkness of the stage, I had to just turn it real quick, so I wasn’t going to fall on my head and I crashed on my back,” he tells Channel 2’s Dana Tyler. Tierney, 32, plummeted about 30 feet on Dec. 20 in front of an audience near the climax of a performance of the injury-plagued Broadway production. He spent eight days at Bellevue Hospital recovering from four broken ribs, a hairline skull fracture, a broken scapula, a bruised lung, three cracked vertebrae and broken bones below his elbow. Last Tuesday, Tierney was moved to an unidentified New York rehabilitation center and is expected to head home to Portsmouth, NH, after he is released from the facility on Wednesday. “He is up,” Tierney’s father, Tim, told CNN yesterday. “He is walking and just doing very well.” The stuntman hopes to return to the big-budget show as soon as he can … At the time of his fall, Tierney was wearing a harness and wire that should have lifted him in the air, but he came loose and plummeted. The fall has been blamed on human error. Tierney is the fourth cast member to have been in a serious accident in the show, which at $65 million is the most expensive production in Broadway history.

OY!! This dude is a brave man to want to go back to the production that injured him. As you may recall, we learned last week that Turn Off the Dark lead actress Natalie Mendoza, herself injured in an accident during a performance of the show, decided to cut her losses and quit the production entirely. I gotta say, I’m very surprised that Tierney even wants to go back. The full interview has not yet aired so we don’t know everything that he shared about the accident but here is a clip from the broadcast that teases Tierney’s big interview:

I hope we will get to see the full interview soon (tomorrow?) because I’m dying to hear what this guy has to say about the accident, the production as a whole and what assurances the producers have given him that if he does come back he would not be injured again. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is still in previews set for a February 7 official opening.

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  • thomas

    If the accident was caused by human error, what exactly can the producers do to assure him that nothing could go wrong again? If it was a problem with something mechanically then that is a very astute question, but human error can not be erased completely from any situation, imo.