Nicolas CageFerrari skids into onlookers on 'Sorcerer's' set ...

Movie magic gave way to movie mayhem on the New York set of Nicolas Cage's Disney adventure 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' when a car chase scene went horribly awry early Monday morning.

While weaving in and out of staged traffic in midtown Manhattan's Times Square -- the area had been closed to regular traffic for the shoot -- at a little after 1 a.m. on Monday, a Ferrari being driven by a stuntman skidded on the slick roadway, mounted the sidewalk, knocked over a lamppost and crashed into the front of a Sbarro's Italian restaurant, injuring two pedestrians.

Nicolas CageMovie magic gave way to movie mayhem on the New York set of Nicolas Cage's Disney adventure 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' when a car chase scene went horribly awry early Monday morning.

While weaving in and out of staged traffic in midtown Manhattan's Times Square -- the area had been closed to regular traffic for the shoot -- at a little after 1 a.m. on Monday, a Ferrari being driven by a stuntman skidded on the slick roadway, mounted the sidewalk, knocked over a lamppost and crashed into the front of a Sbarro's Italian restaurant, injuring two pedestrians.

Police said that one, a 23-year-old male, was struck by the falling streetlight and complained of a head injury, while a 21-year-old woman who was hit by the out-of-control car suffered a foot injury.

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Victims were treated by paramedics on-site and then taken to a hospital for evaluation, where they were later released. Both injuries were said to be minor, and the stuntman behind the wheel was unhurt in the accident.



According to a rep for the film, "All safety regulations were followed and second unit filming will continue as planned." That may be, but this is the latest in a long string of stunt mishaps that have plagued action films of late.

Most recently, a stuntman stand-in for Daniel Radcliffe was paralyzed on the set of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' when he crashed to the ground after a botched explosion; a driver was left in intensive care after a wrecking his car during a chase scene for the James Bond flick 'Quantum of Solace' in Italy; numerous extras were injured when they fell out of a military vehicle whilst lensing Tom Cruise's WWII movie 'Valkyrie'; a stuntman was killed on the set of 'The Dark Knight' when the Batmobile struck a tree during rehearsals for a scene in which the vehicle is blown to bits.

So the question is: Are bigger audience expectations leading studios to undertake unsafe stunts, just to keep their heads above the ever-rising bar set by CGI-fueled spectacle? Sound off below. -- By Tom DiChiara

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