Joe Watts is speaking out for the first time following the major “Fast & Furious” accident on set last month.
The stuntman, 31, was hospitalized in early July after a stunt gone wrong on the set of “Fast & Furious 9” in England.
“We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes since Joe’s accident whilst filming ‘Fast & Furious 9’. We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support from friends, family and the stunt community, as well as the ‘Fast And Furious 9’ cast, crew and Universal Pictures,” Watts, Tilly Powell and their families said in a statement.
They also assured fans that Watts is on the mend.
“While Joe remains in hospital and there is still a long road ahead, he has been moved out of the ICU and doctors are pleased with his progress,” the family continued. “We’d especially like to send an enormous thank you to the air ambulance crew, all the fantastic doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal London Hospital who have provided amazing care to Joe.”
Following the Watts family’s statement, Universal Pictures, the company behind the hit fast-paced franchise also issued a statement.
“Universal Pictures and the filmmakers, talent and crew of ‘Fast & Furious 9’, are heartened that Joe is on the road to recovery with the support of his loved ones,” they wrote. “Joe is a professional in every sense of the word and his commitment to his craft is inspiring to all of us. We know he’ll continue to inspire us throughout his recovery. Everyone in the Fast family sends our heartfelt wishes and we will continue to support Joe and his family however we can.”
Watts, who plays franchise star Vin Diesel’s stunt double, was treated with a serious head injury was taken to the Royal London Hospital by air ambulance.