'WaterWorld' performer hospitalized at Hollywood theme park

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 25 2023 08:11 AM

View of the Waterworld attraction at Universal Studios in Hollywood, July 20, 2010. Universal Studios Hollywood is the original Universal Studios theme park, created initially to offer tours of the real Universal Studios soundstages and sets. This grew over the years into a full-blown theme park - the narrated tram (formerly 'Glamortram') tour still runs through the studio's active backlot, but the staged events, stunt demonstrations and high-tech rides overshadow the motion-picture production that once lured fans in Universal Studios Hollywood. AFP PHOTO GABRIEL BOUYS
View of the Waterworld attraction at Universal Studios in Hollywood, July 20, 2010. Universal Studios Hollywood is the original Universal Studios theme park, created initially to offer tours of the real Universal Studios soundstages and sets. This grew over the years into a full-blown theme park - the narrated tram (formerly "Glamortram") tour still runs through the studio's active backlot, but the staged events, stunt demonstrations and high-tech rides overshadow the motion-picture production that once lured fans in Universal Studios Hollywood. AFP PHOTO GABRIEL BOUYS

LOS ANGELES, United States - An actor at Universal Studios Hollywood was rushed to hospital during a performance of the theme park's long-running "WaterWorld" live show, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

The actor was transported to the hospital in Los Angeles following a stunt during an afternoon show on Monday, the spokesperson said in a statement sent to AFP.

"Details surrounding the event are being reviewed," it added.

The entertainment news outlet TMZ said a male actor dived from a 30-foot platform into a water tank but did not immediately resurface. 

Panicked colleagues pulled him out and performed CPR before he was rushed to hospital, where he is still being treated, the website reported.

"It was a full house. It happened in front of everyone," spectator Daisy Anguiano told a local ABC affiliate.

He appeared to be unconscious while being "dragged from the water," she said.

"WaterWorld" is a special effects-filled live show based on the 1995 post-apocalyptic action film starring Kevin Costner.

Although the film itself was seen as an expensive flop, "WaterWorld: A Live Sea War Spectacular" opened at the Los Angeles theme park the same year and has remained an enduringly popular attraction ever since.

Lasting around 15 minutes, and performed several times each day, the show sees performers interact with fans, perform hair-raising stunts on jet skis and high-wires, and trigger explosions using movie-set technology.

Around 170,000 pyrotechnic effects are fired per year at WaterWorld, including giant fireballs rising 50 feet (15 meters) in the air, according to the theme park's website.

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