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Worker dies on the set of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

A construction worker died following an accident on the set of Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' in Taipei, Taiwan.

By: Press Trust of India | Los Angeles |
January 29, 2015 5:21:28 pm
Martin Scorsese film Police inspect a demolished film set where a worker died in an accident at a film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie titled “Silence,” in Taipei. (Source: AP)

A construction worker died following an accident on the set of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ in Taipei, Taiwan. According to Variety, Taipei City Construction Management Office said the accident took place at the Chinese Culture and Movie Center. The worker was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Two other people are injured in the accident.

“Today there was an unfortunate accident at CMPC Studios in Taiwan, where the Martin Scorsese film, ‘Silence’, is in pre-production,” read a statement from the film’s spokesperson to Deadline.

“An existing structure on the CMPC backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a 3rd-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building.

“Sadly, during this process, the ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others. Everyone is in shock and sorrow and expresses their deepest concern and sympathy to the families of the individual who died and those who were injured,” the statement continued.

‘Silence’ is a movie about 17th century Jesuit priests who are facing violence and prosecutions when travelling to Japan to spread the gospel of Christianity and locate their mentor.

It stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson among others, and is set for release in the US on November 1.

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