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Christopher Tierney, the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark actor who suffered multiple injuries from a 30-foot onstage fall last month, is blaming the incident on “human error.”
Tierney fell during a Dec. 20 performance of the Broadway show, suffering four broken ribs; a hairline skull fracture; a broken scapula, or shoulder blade; a bruised lung; three cracked vertebrae; a fractured elbow; and several broken bones. But he’s not holding any grudges.
“It was just a bit of human error,” he told New York’s WCBS-TV in an interview that aired Monday. “I’m supposed to jump off the bridge, but it catches me. And I was tethered to my back, but it just wasn’t tethered to the stage and I just went for it, like I do with everything. There was no pulling myself back.”
Asked if he was pushed too hard, Tierney said no, adding that he doesn’t blame anyone in particular for the fall.
“The person involved … the people involved … they came and visited,” he said. “It’s water under the bridge, completely forgiven and forgotten.”
The $65 million production — Broadway’s most expensive ever — has been plagued with numerous problems. Tierney is one of four actors to be injured on the show, which has suffered multiple technical glitches and has seen its opening night delayed to refine creative aspects.
Still, Tierney told WCBS that he and the rest of the cast haven’t lost confidence in the production.
“Not a single actor in this show has ever said, ‘Someone’s gonna die; you need to stop,'” Tierney said, adding this was a dream role for him. “I’m meant to be Spider-Man.”
He also continues physical therapy to recover from his injuries, which have left him with screws and rods in his back and pain in his ribs. He also wears a brace decorated with Spider-Man’s image.
“Every day is better, which makes me believe I’ll be back in the show in no time,” Tierney said, admitting that it’s likely to take months for him to heal.
Spider-Man officially opens Feb. 7.
Watch WCBS’ full interview below.
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