The families of two pilots who died while filming “American Made” in September 2015 claim star Tom Cruise is partially to blame.
The estates for Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl, who both died in the plane crash, describe the movie as a “high-risk, action-packed motion picture” and said “the demands of filming in Colombia, together with Cruise’s and director Doug Liman’s enthusiasm for multiple takes of lavish flying sequences, added hours to every filming day and added days to the schedule” in a lawsuit acquired by The Blast.
Purwin and Berl died on the scene after their twin-engine Piper Smith Aerostar 600 went down in the Colombian mountains.
Jimmy Lee Garland, a third pilot, was left without feeling in his lower body.
Cruise and Liman aren’t named as defendants in the suit, but the plaintiffs claimed that the two were “negligent” by allowing the flight to take off.
They also claimed that an “American Made” executive producer told an insurance company that “the last 48 hours” were “the most insane s–t I’ve ever dealt with,” according to documents acquired by The Blast.
“American Made” follows Barry Seal (Cruise), a former Trans World Airlines pilot who smuggled drugs for the Medellin Cartel in ‘80s before becoming an informant for the DEA to avoid jail time.
The movie hits theaters Sept. 29.