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'Spider-Man' cast defends show's safety

The stars of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" hit morning TV Tuesday to tell the world how safe they feel in the injury-plagued $65-million mega-musical.

Even Christopher Tierney, the Spidey stunt double who fell 30 feet off a platform on Dec. 20, temporarily left rehab at NYU's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine to join Reeve Carney (Spider-Man), Jennifer Damiano (Mary Jane), Patrick Page (Green Goblin) and T.V. Carpio (Arachne) on ABC's "Good Morning America."

It was just hours after Carpio was officially named to replace Natalie Mendoza, the actress who left the show last week after suffering a concussion in what George Stephanopoulos called the "star-crossed" Broadway show.

Conspicuous in her absence was director Julie Taymor, who, as Stephanopoulos put it, had suffered some "blowback" from outside actors upset about the danger.

"We all appreciate everyone's concern for us," said Carney, who has nine stunt doubles doing his flying and other technical tricks.

Enthusing about the care taken with their newly enhanced safety procedures, Carney said, "The only people more concerned than the other actors is the crew."

"The moment I feel like I'm good, I am back in that show," said Tierney, who suffered multiple injuries and still has screws in his back after spine surgery and expects to return home to Portsmouth, N.H., Wednesday to continue physical therapy.

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