BJ Davis — who worked as a stuntman on “Amazing Spider-Man 2” — has filed an age-discrimination lawsuit against the film’s stunt coordinator, Sony Pictures, Marvel, Columbia Pictures, Avi Arad Productions and Matt Talmach Productions.
The 55-page suit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims stunt coordinator James Armstrong “consistently refused to give plaintiff ‘premium’ stunts, instead giving a disproportionate amount of the premium stunt work to younger stunt professionals.” Additionally, “throughout the production, younger stunt professionals made disparaging remarks to Plaintiff suggesting he was too old to do stunts… Though Mr. Armstrong was aware of these remarks, he did nothing to stop this age-related harassment. On the contrary, he shared the same discriminatory view and his attitude actually encouraged the harassment.”
Davis suffered from a major injury during his work on “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which caused him to undergo multiple surgeries for injuries to his shoulder, wrist, back and neck. According to the suit, “The injuries from this incident were so severe that plaintiff’s career was ended and he will never be able to work as a stunt professional again.”
Further, “The stunt professional who delivered this blow later told plaintiff that he was sorry, but that Mr. Armstrong had ordered the tackle. Mr. Armstrong ordered this violence toward plaintiff due to his age, because he felt plaintiff was too old and he did not want him on the set.”
According to Deadline, Jay S. Rothman and Kenneth R. Myers of Jay S. Rothman & Associates in Woodland Hills are representing Davis in the case. They seek at least $50,000 in damages for each of the 12 causes of action, which includes unlawful discriminatory practices, retaliation, concealment, bad faith and unfair competition. The entire suit is available to read online.
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