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Ferrari film stunt ends in Times Square crash

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  May 4, 2009 02:58 PM

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A stunt driver in a black Ferrari F430 lost control during a movie shoot in Times Square early this morning, injuring two people as the car smashed into a pizza restaurant and toppled over a traffic pole.

"One lady was knocked to the ground and a lamppost landed directly on top of a chap," a British tourist who saw the crash told the New York Post. Both injuries were not life-threatening, the Post said.

The stunt sequence was part of the upcoming Nicolas Cage movie, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," in which Cage plays a sorcerer looking for - you guessed it - an apprentice in New York City.

Read more about the crash and watch the entire crash on tape here.

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24 comments so far...
  1. This is yet another reason why Nicolas Cage should not be making movies...

    Posted by Um...what? May 4, 09 03:15 PM
  1. It's probably the most exciting thing to come from the film...

    Posted by JohnT May 4, 09 03:24 PM
  1. The pavement on the street looks wet and may have decreased the traction of the Ferrari's tires. Was it raining or was the street wet down to match a previous shoot?

    Posted by bert f. May 4, 09 03:39 PM
  1. raining but they would of wet the streets anyway for cinematography

    Posted by Anonymous May 4, 09 03:49 PM
  1. It was probably Cage's toupee slipped off and the Ferrari slipped on that...

    Posted by Chris May 4, 09 03:53 PM
  1. bert - gee, do you think water decreases adhesion/traction?

    Or do you think it increases adhesion/traction?

    I hope you don't drive.

    Posted by pc May 4, 09 04:06 PM
  1. Was Eddie Griffin aka "Undercover Brother" who was driving see clip

    Posted by Eddie's Driving instructor May 4, 09 04:12 PM
  1. Wow, that was so realistic! It looked like a real car crash!!!

    I'm glad no Hollywood director would be stupid enough to insist on a real Ferrari stunt on a road soaked with rain water.

    Posted by eric May 4, 09 04:25 PM
  1. I think that was the first Nicolas Cage movie I've ever watched, and in all likelihood, the last.

    Posted by Tardo Ricardo May 4, 09 04:25 PM
  1. I can't believe they crashed into Michael Scott's favorite NYC pizza joint!

    Posted by foreright May 4, 09 05:09 PM
  1. that'll buff right out...

    Posted by gander May 4, 09 05:18 PM
  1. foreright.....i had to comment and just say.... ah hahahahahaha! that michael scott!

    Posted by jbn329 May 4, 09 05:20 PM
  1. It's "would have wet the streets"

    Posted by badger May 4, 09 05:53 PM
  1. I would never imagine that a wet roadway could be a problem for a $100K+ high performance vehicle. If not, wha'ts the point of spending so much money for it?

    Posted by Luciennepierre May 4, 09 06:22 PM
  1. Chap? Go back to Englandia!!!

    Posted by Don May 4, 09 07:09 PM
  1. I could do that anyday in my toyota tercel and not spin out ...epic fail

    Posted by Anonymous May 5, 09 12:30 AM
  1. Lol. Nicolas Cage supposedly drives a Ferrari in The Rock.

    ... that Ferrari was wrecked as well.

    Posted by The Rock May 5, 09 01:34 AM
  1. See a lot of hating on Nick Cage who is a fine actor and on Ferraris by people who can't afford them. Even stunt men screw up lucky nobody got hurt bad.

    Posted by Mark May 5, 09 02:59 PM
  1. It looks like that Ferrari was "gone in 60 seconds"

    Posted by Matthew G. May 5, 09 03:50 PM
  1. Luciennepierre - all cars have four tires, all tires are made of rubber. You can't change the laws of physics; hydroplaning will occur at times. These high-performance cars come with the best tires that will grip even wet roads, but that doesn't decrease the risk to zero. The article says the stunt driver lost control; it doesn't even mention wet roads, the commenters did.

    Posted by FJ May 5, 09 03:50 PM
  1. Nick Cage is not a fine actor... he's a bone head

    Posted by Matt May 6, 09 10:52 AM
  1. Cage is uber-wealthy. He was a big geek in HS. Chicks dissed him. Guys picked on him.

    God love him.

    Posted by pc May 7, 09 02:04 PM
  1. I was there!! and yes it was raining! I took a short video of the f430 :)

    Posted by viktor May 12, 09 11:55 PM
  1. I was ther too.
    It was raining... but he didnt drive too fast the first shoot.
    In the second one the crash happened.

    Posted by Johnny August 14, 09 08:04 PM

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