THE FALL GUYS
They’re the invisible men and women who put their lives on the line so Tom Cruise and Kristen Stewart don’t have to... but sometimes things can go terribly wrong
ollywood has upped sticks and crossed the pond, with $1bn worth of big- budget films being shot in and around London alone this year. So, on the eve of the summer blockbuster season, spoke to some leading performers to find out what it takes to become a stunt double. crane, 20ft below. The calculations had to be precise. He had worked out he had one square foot to land on. There was no margin for error... if he was to survive. Ben Cooke k and d Daniel l Craig d during the filming of
Enough pressure? To up the ante, a helicopter hovered overhead laden with cameras, watching as Cooke, Daniel Craig’s stunt double stepped into space. He hit his target, then hurled himself onto a roof another 20ft below.
Cooke breathed a huge sigh of relief when his terrifying stunt in James Bond film f went to plan. Then he had h to do it all over again.
‘I finished the jumps and we went down and a looked at the playback. At which point they t decided they wanted another take – they always a do. So I climbed back up the 170ft crane. c By then I was really exhausted.
‘They brought out the helicopter and were just j about to count down (it needed to be all visual v cues because I couldn’t hear anything) and a then the camera jammed…
‘ The helicopter had to land while they fixed f the cameras. It was the longest 15 minutes u of my life.
It was an absolutely amazing view – you could c see the curvature of the horizon – but it was a very long time to think about the risks of what I was about to do.’
Clearly Cooke survived and since then has progressed to stunt coordinator. His latest film, sci-fi blockbuster by the Wachowski siblings (the duo behind the
films) is out this summer. He’s just one of the hundreds of British and Irish stunt men and women currently enjoying a boomtime as more Hollywood blockbusters are produced over here.