He’s the Australian stuntman whose credits include blockbuster movies Elvis, Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Hacksaw Ridge and San Andreas.
“I fall over for a living,” Casey Wright told 7NEWS.
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But Wright’s most important and impactful fall came when the cameras weren’t rolling.
In August, Wright was in a park outside the Southport Library on the Gold Coast when an out-of-control car mounted the kerb.
In its path was a four-year-old girl.
In what police described at the time as “an extreme act of courage”, Wright jumped in front of the car and copped the brunt of its impact.
Both he and the girl were injured.
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While the girl was able to leave hospital days later, Wright faced a lengthy recovery for a large head gash that required 35 staples, three broken vertebrae, a broken tailbone and a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
“I remember nothing at all,” Wright said on Monday.
“The first thing for me was waking up in hospital, with doctors poking and prodding.
“I have no connection to it. It’s a story about someone who’s got the same name as me.
“It’s an odd feeling. But it happened. I have the scars to prove it.
Wright was significantly injured in the incident in Southport in August. Credit: 7NEWS
“They’re still finding glass and debris in my body that they’re cutting me open to get out.
“Hopefully they’ve found everything that’s wrong with me.”
Wright believes his recovery will continue for “at least a year before I can do anything remotely stunt-related”.
But he says the nature of his work may have saved his life.
Wright says he has no memory of the incident. Credit: 7NEWSCasey Wright in action as a stuntman. Credit: Supplied
“Having that skillset was what protected me, paramedics said,” he said.
“I hit that wall and spread out like I was doing a stunt. I fell down like I was doing it for film.
“And rather than just a solid crash impact, I was able to brace for it and wear it, somehow.”
Despite his ordeal, Wright is thankful the girl was able to recover.
“That’s a win, at the end of the day. I’ll be able to heal up from mine, it’ll take a little time,” he said.
“But if she’s OK, I’m happy with that.”
An 87-year-old man who was driving the car in the August incident and his 84-year-old passenger were also hospitalised.
Police said at the time the driver had “lost control” and accidentally reversed the vehicle toward the library.
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