Injured 'Spider-Man' Actor Chris Tierney Says He Knew He Wanted to Come Back to the Show Despite Horrific Fall

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Chris Tierney, the "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" performer who spent months recovering from a horrific fall during a preview show, said he knew he wanted to get back to the Broadway musical since that day.

"I didn't pay the ultimate price," Tierney told "Nightline's" Cynthia McFadden. "I didn't pay paralyzation. I didn't pay death, and if I can come out doing this four months later then really, I'd rather just be back doing the show that I left."

Tierney, who is a stunt double for the Spider-Man character in the show's flying scenes, almost died when his safety harness wasn't properly secured and he fell 30 feet from a ledge in front of a shocked audience on Dec. 20, 2010.

"I broke three vertebrae, my lower vertebrae," he said. "I broke four ribs. I fractured my elbow -- my scapula, my elbow and my skull -- got the scars to prove it."

U2's Bono and The Edge posed with "Nightline's" Cynthia McFadden in the machine that turns "Spider-Man" actor Norman Osborn into the Green Goblin. Photo credit: Donna Svennevik/ABC News

In his first one-on-one interview since the accident, Tierney told McFadden about the moment when he jumped and then realized he wasn't attached to anything.

"I went out for the jump. I'm contained by my tether and that's why I'm always, you know, it will stop me, and so...I always go for it," he said. "I didn't factor in somebody's mistake, you know, back there, and so yes, I took a dive, but it was worth it."

After four months of intense rehabilitation and rest -- months ahead of schedule -- Tierney is back with the show and fearlessly going airborne once more.

"I can go 40 miles per hour, 45 miles per hour," he said. "I can also change the speed of how I fly and the impetus and how I go."

Watch the full story and see some of the incredible flying stunts featured in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" on "Nightline" tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was slated as most incredible musical Broadway had ever seen, and it has yet to make it to opening night.

It has a musical score written by U2's Bono and The Edge, stupendous set design and fantastic flying sequences that would rival Cirque du Soleil. But even though it's Broadway's most expensive production ever -- it reportedly cost $70 million -- it has also been riddled with problems.

"Spider-Man" has had six delayed openings, five injured cast members and some of the worst reviews in Broadway history.

In their first television interview since the show opened for previews last November and director Julie Taymor left, Bono and The Edge said they agreed with much of the criticism of the show. The New York Post called "Spider-Man" an "epic flop" and the New York Times review said, "It may rank among the worst musicals ever made."

"It might have been a little hard for some other people around here to take that, but we don't disagree with the New York Times," Bono told "Nightline" anchor Cynthia McFadden. "That's the sort of stuff we were saying backstage."

That shocking insight is part of the reason for the recent departure of Taymor, the legendary director of "The Lion King" musical, who wrote and directed the original version of "Spider-Man." Taymor declined to comment for this story.

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