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Expendables 2 stuntman killed on set

Police in Bulgaria say a stuntman has died and another has been seriously injured while filming an explosion scene on the set of The Expendables 2.
Sylvester Stallone is seen on the set of The Expendables. A stuntman has died and another seriously injured while filming The Expendables 2 in Bulgaria. (Karen Ballard/Lionsgate Entertainment/Associated Press)

Police in Bulgaria say a stuntman has died and another has been seriously injured while filming an explosion scene on the set of The Expendables 2.

Police said Friday the two men, whose names and nationalities were not disclosed, were performing a stunt involving an explosion on an inflatable boat on the Ognyanovo dam, just outside the capital, Sofia. The incident occurred late Thursday.

The injured man has undergone a five-hour operation and his condition was stable, doctors are quoted by the BTA news agency as saying.

In a statement, the production company Nu Image/Millennium Films confirmed the "unfortunate accident," adding "the filmmakers are working closely with the authorities."

The new film, starring Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a follow-up to the 2010 original.

Billed as a return to the old-school action flick genre, The Expendables saw Stallone team up with action stars of the past and present, including Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, wresting star Steve Austin, UFC champion Randy Couture, footballer Terry Crews and veteran villain Eric Roberts. Schwarzenegger and Willis appeared in cameos.

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