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Elderly Brooklyn Heights man slips and cuts his head on snowy set of Will Smith movie

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This is the story all about how an old man got flipped, turned upside down.

An elderly Brooklyn Heights man slipped and cut his head on the snowy set of a new Will Smith movie on Wednesday night — but the star did not bother to check up on the injured senior, according to a witness.

The senior fell while crossing Joralemon Street at Willow Place around 8:29 pm, after the crew covered the streets and sidewalks in water and snow to create a winter scene for the film “Collateral Beauty,” the witness said.

Smith was running lines nearby with actress Naomie Harris, but it was the crew who swooped in immediately and called an ambulance, according to the onlooker.

The injured senior was talking and able to walk, but appeared shaken up as he sat on a stoop for 10 minutes while residents came out to help, the witness said. But Smith — who played a doctor in last year’s “Concussion” and a “date doctor” in 2005’s “Hitch” — did not come over to see how he was doing, he said.

Paramedics arrived and bandaged up the oldster’s bleeding noggin, and took him to the nearby emergency room formerly known as Long Island College Hospital, according to the Fire Department.

A woman at the Brooklyn Heights residence where the man was headed before the accident said the fall was “nothing.”

A spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment claimed that it always ensures productions “maintain a safe pedestrian passage at all times” and that a police officer stationed on set was able to help the wounded gent.

The film’s production companies did not return request for comment.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated with comments from the city.
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Tanya from Brooklyn Heights says:
The fall was 'nothing'? Elderly people are fragile, both mentally and physically. Any sort of shock at a later age in life can be truly compromising.
March 24, 2016, 11:19 pm
Law & Disorder from Brooklyn says:
Some one was not watching.
They think they own the streets.
I hope this person takes them to court.
March 25, 2016, 11:45 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Obviously, there is much, MUCH more to this than meets the eye. Has anyone ever wondered if this "old" was a failed actor, and strategically placed himself in harms way, for instance? I'm going to be looking into this, if you don't mind..........
John Wasserman
March 25, 2016, 1:10 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
He should sue Will Smith, obviously, for leaving his crap in the street.
March 27, 2016, 7:04 pm
Terry says:
Oh! That John Wasserman, making scurrilous allegations and thinking he's funny.

He's not and never has been. Let's see how he handles karma cracking his head on a movie set out of control!
March 28, 2016, 11:11 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I beg your pardon? So, what you are saying is that you would like me to break my own head open? You're looking at a very confused John Wasserman here.
John Wasserman
March 28, 2016, 1:24 pm
Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
This is Willow Place, not Willow Street, which goes from Middagh Street and ends at Pierrepont Street. Willow Place is a one block street, from Joralemon on the north to State Street on the south.
March 28, 2016, 1:54 pm

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