An 80-year-old man is suing the producers of the reality show “Hot Shots,” alleging synthetic material made to resemble vomit was mistakenly shot onto his face during his work as an extra.
Lawrence Loughlin filed the negligence lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against EFS Entertainment. He is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
An EFS representative could not be immediately reached.
According to the complaint, Loughlin’s role on Feb. 26, 2015, was to sit in a restaurant booth in Westwood pretending to have a meal with several other people. A man sitting in the next booth was supposed to turn toward the plaintiff’s booth and pretend to vomit on the table, the suit says.
During the final take, the company used a device that projected the fake vomit with the intent of making it appear it came from the other man’s mouth, according to the lawsuit.
“However, instead of going onto the unoccupied seat across from plaintiff, or even on the table in front of him, the vomit-like material shot directly onto plaintiff’s face,” the suit alleges.
Loughlin was “in shock” and was taken to a hospital emergency room, where he was diagnosed with an anxiety attack, according to his court papers. He says he was later driven home by the same production staff member who took him to the hospital.
Loughlin suffered “significant back discomfort” from the incident and still has not been paid for his work that day, according to his complaint.
—Staff and wire reports