This blog is part of a series:
See part 2 here: The Makings of a Stuntman Part 2
Some people who watch this movie might ask, “What do you do to become a stuntman?”
Well that’s a good question, and while I can’t speak for all stuntmen. I CAN give you a glimpse of what it’s like to be a stuntman on the set of “Rise And Fail”.
The Diet of Awesome
First is the diet. Just like the saying, “You are what you eat”, and on this set, our stuntmen are made of Costco meatballs, beef jerky, granola bars, coffee, and the occasional piece of fruit or vegetable until they become soft and squishy and turn into a rotten mess (just kidding, we don’t buy fruits and vegetables). (Editor Note: We actually did buy fruits and vegetables.)
Before the mad rush. We even consumed the microwave.
These meatballs are the ambrosia fed to the Gods during their massive feasts. All you need is half a loaf of sandwich bread, three of these heated meatballs, and a slice of your favorite cheese and you have a sandwich which can keep your stunting abilities up for the rest of the day.
Ability to Take Hits
Second is the ability to take hits, because just like Rocky says, “It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward” and then just like Rocky, develop a slur that sounds like you have far too many air holes in your mouth. But a good example of such a talent is the ability of Jackie Chan to nearly kill himself several times and decide that it’s a good idea to continue as if nothing had happened. Luckily, we have several members on our stunt crew who exhibit such
brain damage bravery.
Here’s a glimpse of the falls and hits that we take (more in a later post).
As a stuntman, you often have to wear clothes that you aren’t used to wearing. Often you are either a henchman getting knocked out, or you are the stand-in for the main character. Either way, the clothes you wear aren’t going to be up to you, so you need some versatility and endurance to bear with what you’re given.
For our movie, we have to perform stunts in wardrobe such as awkwardly loose polyester robes that cook you from the inside, ski-masks that constrict your face until your eyeballs pop-out, formal suits drenched in sticky sweet fake blood, and even a dress & heels (for the women of course).
These robes heat up more than a Jawa under the sun of Tattooine (aka it’s real warm).
While their robes may be warm and stuffy, the real stuntman can barrel through that.
Lucas demonstrates his ability to make the robe his own.
The robes are not tailored for any of the stuntmen in general and are made of polyester which can heat up quickly with a little movement. If we also note that the warehouse is shut off to keep light from coming in, we end up with an environment that can often be stagnant and uncomfortably warm when wearing the robe. However, as a stuntman, you should be able to handle it.
…to be continued.
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