"Ghost Rider" stuntman sues over motorbike crash

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Nicolas Cage reprises his role for the sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider, which is directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Set several years after the first film, Johnny Blaze (Cage) is in East Europe, living in self-imposed exile after convincing himself that his powers are a curse. While there he's approached by Moreau, a member of the monastic order of Michael seeking a protector for a mother and son duo being pursued by a figure named Roarke. Once the devil turns Roarke into Blackout, he's left with the fortitude and supernatural ability to take on the Ghost Rider.
March 11th, 2013

A stuntman is suing the producers of 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' for over $1 million in damages.

Michael 'Crazy Mike' Gaboff has brought a lawsuit against the bosses of the comic book film - which stars Nicolas Cage as the titular character - after a promotional stunt went wrong and left him with life-threatening injuries.

Gaboff was left with a broken back, collapsed lungs and second-degree burns after he drove a motorbike into a lake while on fire in an attempt to recreate the flaming skulled anti-hero's antics.

He claims producers Break Media, Sony Pictures and Next Point, Inc. were negligent in the execution of the stunt in April 2012 - which was organised to promote the DVD release of the movie - and his lawsuit states the producers showed ''a conscious disregard of the safety of those observing the activity''.

Gaboff was hospitalised for an extended period of time and incurred over $1 million worth of hospital bills due to his injuries.

Meanwhile, Cage has distanced himself from appearing in a third 'Ghost Rider' film.

The 49-year-old actor believes he is done with Johnny Blaze and his supernatural alter-ego but he believes a third movie could go ahead with a new lead actor.

Speaking about a 'Ghost Rider 3' movie with website Collider, comic book lover Cage said: ''It's possible, but it won't be with me. I've said what I have to say. I don't want to say never ... anything's possible. But I doubt, highly, that I would be in a third instalment of that.''