Anne Heche’s film dedicated to the late actress with ‘In Memoriam’ shot added to movie… as director recounts working with the star
The director of one of Anne Heche’s final movies, Wildfire: The Legend of The Cherokee Ghost Horse, has been dedicated the movie to the late actress.
Speaking with TMZ, director Eric Parkinson revealed an ‘In Memoriam’ shot had been added as film’s final shot just before the end credits.
Anne tragically died at age 53 following a car crash earlier this month, and Eric says the whole cast and crew are devastated by her passing.
The director of one of Anne Heche’s final movies, Wildfire: The Legend of The Cherokee Ghost Horse, has been dedicated the movie to the late actress; Heche pictured 2019
Recounting his time working with Anne on Wildfire, Eric says the actress was superb in the film and even took on a horse riding scene intended for a stunt double.
In the film, Anne played Diana Jones, a rodeo trainer with barrel racing scenes.
As Anne’s agent cautioned filmmakers she was not an experienced rider, producers hired a stunt double to complete some of the barrel racing scenes.
The scene was set to see Anne slowly ride up on the horse before a stunt double took over.
Tragedy: Anne was declared dead on August 12 after suffering a horror car crash in Los Angeles on August 5; pictured 2018
However, Anne decided to do the riding scene herself once they started filming on location in Oklahoma.
TMZ reports the actress politely asked the stunt double to dismount before she jumped on herself and instructed Eric to begin filming.
She then took off in a full gallop, completing the barrel turn and ‘racing to the finish in record time,’ TMZ writes.
A shocked Eric then told Anne her agent informed them she was not an experienced rider.
‘I’m not… but my character is a champ!’ Anne replied.
Recounting his time working with Anne on Wildfire, Eric says the actress was superb in the film and even took on a horse riding scene intended for a stunt double; Heche pictured at the 27th Annual Race To Erase MS: Drive-In To Erase MS in September 2020
Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse has a September 16 release date, and TMZ reports the film will be released in theaters in November.
Anne was declared dead on August 12 after suffering a horror car crash in Los Angeles on August 5.
On Sunday afternoon, Heche was taken off life support after health officials found suitable organ recipients more than a week after the crash, in which she suffered severe anoxic brain injury and lung damage from smoke inhalation.
Authorities say Heche first crashed into a garage, then sped away from the scene and barreled 90 mph into the two-story home of Lynne Mishele, who sustained serious enough injuries that police opened a felony investigation.
It took 59 firefighters over an hour to extinguish the blazing house – and half an hour to extract Heche from the fiery car, which exploded in the crash.
A small bottle of vodka was pictured in Heche’s car, but preliminary blood tests performed after she was hospitalized did not find alcohol in her system.
By Thursday, Heche’s team announced she was ‘not expected to survive’ the injuries she sustained in the crash, and the very next day, her family released a statement saying she was now considered dead
‘Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.
‘Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy.
‘Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.’