Families Of Late American Made Pilots Claim Tom Cruise Is Partially Responsible For Deaths

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September 21, 2017 | 7:25am EST

Families of the two pilots killed making movie American Made have accused Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman of being partially responsible for their deaths.
Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl lost their lives when their small plane encountered bad weather and crashed in the Andes mountains in Colombia in September 2015. A third man, Jimmy Garland, survived.
Families of both Purwin and Berl have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the production companies for American Made, which was called Mena at the time of the incident.
Neither Cruise or Liman were named as defendants in the lawsuits, but in new court documents obtained by The Blast, the families have suggested they were both negligent by letting them take off on that fatal flight, which they described as “a spontaneous, rushed, ad hoc mission over unfamiliar terrain, in unfamiliar weather, from a small jungle airstrip.”
In the filing, the lawyers also wrote, “The demands of filming in Colombia, together with Cruise’s and director Doug Liman’s enthusiasm for multiple takes of lavish flying sequences, added hours to every filming day and added days to the schedule.”
They also claim that an executive producer had complained about the pair to the insurance company.
“DL (Liman) and TC (Cruise) (are) adding entire scenes and aerial shots on the fly,” the lawsuit states. “Had to bring in Uni Safety to help wrangle them. In the last 48 hours this has become the most insane s**t I’ve ever dealt with.”
The documents also contain an email Purwin sent to that same executive producer in which he called the film “the most dangerous project I’ve ever encountered” and added it “took every ounce of skill I had to insure TC, (cinematographer) Cesar (Charlone) and I wouldn’t be coming home in a box.”
The movie, in which Cruise played TWA pilot Barry Seal, who worked for the CIA and as a drug smuggler for Pablo Escobar’s cartel, is released later this month.