A man who is used to dealing with pretend warfare in Hollywood was left with a very real injury after he was struck from behind with a live round during an audition.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Alex Schoenauer filed a lawsuit over the incident, which occurred in September 2018.
Schoenauer, who has a ton of credits as a stuntman, including “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Star Trek Beyond” and the upcoming, “A Quiet Place 2,” said he was auditioning for a production company called JMP Productions.
JMP Productions is headed by veteran stuntwoman, Julie Michaels, and according to the documents, works with the CBS show, “Seal Team” starring David Boreanaz.
Schoenauer says he was auditioning for a stuntman role, and was sent to Oaktree Gun Club in Santa Clarita, CA to meet up with a certified firearm instructor, as well as a woman also auditioning for a stunt role.
Schoenauer said he participated in a staged scene with the other candidate, where the two of them would burst through a doorway while gripping semi-automatic rifles.
The stuntman claims the firearm instructor allegedly requested the use of “live ammunition” for the scene.
Schoenauer claims, as he lead the charge through the doorway, he was shot behind by the auditioning stuntwoman.
He describes the bullet as entering his upper torso and exiting his upper arm/shoulder area.
Schoenauer did not describe the extent of his injury, but said he is unable to work or collect a paycheck since the incident.
He’s suing Oak Tree Gun Club, JMP Productions, the firearm instructor and the auditioning stuntwoman who fired the rifle.
To make matters worse, it also sounds like he didn’t get the role on the show.