The extras injured during the shooting of Tom Cruise’s new World War II film, “Valkyrie,” last weekend are now threatening to sue the film’s producers, their lawyer said Tuesday.
According to European wire service Agence France-Presse, attorney Ariane Bluttner has said she would launch legal action against the production company making the film, “unless it unbureaucratically and rapidly compensated the injured.”
“Those responsible on the set displayed inhuman indifference in playing with the health and the lives of the extras,” Bluttner continued to AFP.
“Access Hollywood” has reached out to United Artists for comment on the lawsuit threat, but has not heard back at this time.
The group of extras was injured this weekend when they fell out of a truck during filming. They were taken to a hospital as filming stopped on the movie, which stars Cruise as Germany’s most famous anti-Hitler plotter, Col. Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg. Another person who fell out of the truck was unhurt.
Cruise was not involved in the weekend filming.
Police said in a statement to the Associated Press that a bolt on a side panel of the truck apparently came loose as the vehicle turned.
United Artists publicist Allan Mayer confirmed the accident in a statement to “Access Hollywood,” but said that nine people were involved — not 11, as has been previously reported.
“The injuries where ‘extremely minor,’” said Mayer, “and only nine extras were injured (not 11). The truck was going 15 miles per hour. The second unit was filming that day, and Tom Cruise was NOT working. Eight of the extras were treated for ‘cuts and bruises’ and the ninth was kept overnight for observation.”
The accident happened during filming of scenes around the Finance Ministry in Berlin, which was once the Nazi Air Ministry.
Cruise’s casting has attracted controversy in Germany because the actor is one of the best-known adherents of Scientology, which the German government considers a commercial enterprise that takes advantage of vulnerable people.
Some critics maintain that a Scientologist should not be playing what some consider one of the Nazi era’s few heroes.