Sound mixer falls to death on set of new Tom Hanks movie

14 October, 2018, 08:28 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays one of America’s most cherished icons Mister Rogers on the set of Tri Star

James Emswiller, an Emmy-winning sound mixer who was working this week on the Mr. Rogers biopic You Are My Friend, has died after what appears to be an accidental fall from the second story of a building during a break from filming. Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania law enforcement officers maintain that Emswiller "may have experienced a medical problem" prior to falling from the balcony.

Emswiller won an Emmy in 2015 for outstanding sound mixing for a limited series or a movie for HBO's Bessie.

He was taken to UPMC Mercy hospital near Mt. Lebanon, Pa., in serious condition, but his status worsened after arriving.

According to a report in Variety, Emswiller had been taking a smoke break and fell from a balcony.

The man was involved in the sound production of the movie, which was shooting a scene Thursday night.

Actor Tom Hanks, who is playing Fred Rogers in the movie, was on set as well as during this accident on Thursday.

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Emswiller was rushed to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for treatment but succumbed to his injuries.

The film is due out in theaters sometime next year.

Tom Hanks pictured on the set of Mister Rogers.

It's described as a heartwarming tale in which 'a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed'.

Rogers, a Latrobe native, was known worldwide for his television program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", which was produced at WQED-TV studios in Pittsburgh and aired from 1968 to 2001. The show is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with Morgan Neville's documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor' premiering at the Sundance film festival".

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