Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

‘Mr. Rogers’ Crew Member James Emswiller Dies on Set After Falling

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Julia Gonzales | 12 October, 2018, 22:12

A thrilling event turned to tragedy on the Mr. Rogers movie set this Thursday, when a crew member fell two stories to his death. Nearby crew members reportedly heard a noise and discovered the man had fallen over the balcony's brick wall. Local police revealed that the Pittsburgh native had opted to take a smoke break on a balcony in between filming scenes.

Allegheny County police say James Emswiller fell around 7:30 p.m. Thursday during a break in filming.

The unidentified 65-year-old crew member was rushed to a Pittsburgh-area hospital, where his condition worsened, Mt. Lebanon police told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Production was immediately halted, and it was unclear when it will resume.

In a recent statement, Pittsburgh Film Office Director Dawn Keezer said, "We're all sad".

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Emswiller had worked for decades as a sound mixer for a number of blockbuster Hollywood films.

Emswiller, who won an Emmy in 2015 for outstanding sound mixing for a limited series or movie for his work on Queen Latifah's "Bessie", has nearly 80 credits to his name. His other credits include "The Avengers", "Jack Reacher" and "The Fault in Our Stars", according to IMDb.

Two weeks ago, Sony released the first image of Hanks in costume as Mister Rogers.

The film is not strictly a biopic about the TV star's life, but tells the story of Rogers' relationship and adventures with journalist Tom Junod, and is based on Junod's 1998 Esquire profile on the beloved icon.

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