See, that's what you get for playing around with missiles. As is usually the case with any film that deals with explosives and missiles that are launched from helicopters, unfortunate accidents will sometimes occur. With that said, a special effects assistant was injured on the set of Charlie Wilson's War when a simulated stinger missile accidentally exploded. The man (whose name was not released) was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition.
The film, which is based on the book written by George Crile and scheduled to be released this Christmas, stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman and is directed by Mike Nichols. The story follows congressman Charlie Wilson's (Hanks) top secret efforts to assist rebels in Afghanistan during their war with the Soviets. None of the stars were on set during the explosion (which is under investigation), and there's no word on whether the accident will delay production on the film. The incident comes only a few months after assistant propmaster Nick Papac was killed in a motor vehicle accident on the set of The Kingdom.