Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell were not injured in the fire that damaged their film's set in Thailand. The actors were filming "The Coup" on Wednesday, November 20 when a fire broke out in the government building set where Wilson and Bell's characters take refuge to escape a helicopter attack.
The John Erick Dowdle film has been shooting in Lampang and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for two weeks. Chris Lowenstein, executive director of Thai-based production company Living Films, which is facilitating the production, told THR "The day's shooting proceeded uneventfully, with the final shot being the destruction of the office, as it's supposed to look like it is being hit by a tank shell."
He continued, "The scene involved air mortars with dust, cork and debris, but no explosion, fire or other pyrotechnics. As part of the scene, a false wall we built is partially destroyed and a dummy ceiling beam is supposed to become dislodged and fall. It was shot with multiple cameras. Shortly after 7pm the cameras rolled, the air mortars fired and the wall was destroyed as planned."
"The director called cut, the assistant director called wrap on the day, the actors exited the set, the director, DP and producers began to view playback and discuss what had been shot and the shooting for the next day, and the crew started to wrap the equipment. Shortly thereafter, a small fire broke out in the ceiling of the set."
Local fire department controlled the situation well and local police suspected that the special effects were the cause of fire. Although some filming equipment were damaged, no injury was reported. The production continued on the next day after a schedule arrangement. They have 24 days left of shooting in Northern Thailand and are keen to stick to the schedule.