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Peter Kent for Terminator 2

 

Stuntman Peter Kent’s resemblance to Arnold Schwarzenegger was the basis of a 14-year association with the ex-action hero. As Schwarzenegger’s stunt double he performed the T-101’s famous motorbike jump into a massive storm drain. To get the effect, his motorbike was rigged up to a web of one-inch cables, to cut the impact when the bike and rider hit the ground. The cables were later digitally erased.T2
Peter Kent performed the stunt again in the Canadian TV Series, StuntDawgs. It’s a great peek at how the stunt performers and the stunt team on a movie production plan and execute their stunts. I recommend this series for anyone who wants to see how stunt people make their magic, right in front of your eyes. A rare glimpse into this fascinating part of film making.

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Peter Kent on StuntDawgs

Terminator 2: Judgement Day was directed by James Cameron for Carolco Pictures.

Things to look up (go to IMDB page):

  • Peter Kent
  • Terminator 2
  • James Cameron
  • CarolCo Pictures

History of film companies as defined by Wikipedia: Carolco Pictures, Inc. was an American independent film production company that, within a decade, went from producing such blockbuster successes as Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, and the first three movies of the Rambo series (First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Rambo III) to being bankrupted by box office bombs such as Cutthroat Island and Showgirls.

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Simon Crane and Cliffhanger

 

Cliffhanger (1993) is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the costliest aerial stunt ever performed. Sly Stallone paid $1m out of his own pocket for stunt man Simon Crane to slide between two planes at 15,000 feet – making it the most expensive aerial stunt ever. Funnily enough, though he managed it perfectly, he couldn’t get inside the second plane so the end result is down to clever editing.Cliffhanger-Airplane

In an interview in 2001, Crane said, “I was gonna be a lawyer, actually,” he recalls. “[I spent] Two years at law school, hated every second, so I joined the circus. I was in the circus for three years doing acrobatics. In England, you need to be an instructor in six sports to get into stunts, so I did that. Then I got into stunts with all that. And I’ve been very lucky, you know I went from stuntman to stunt coordinator to now, Second Unit Director.” In terms of the many sports he mastered before entering the world of stunts and stunt coordinating, Crane covered the bulk of the extreme ones and a few of the more graceful ones, to boot. “I did gymnastics, parachuting, scuba diving, high diving, karate, fencing, I did nine in all ’cause it took me a long time to get my union card. So I did hang-gliding and others.”Cliffhanger8 Simon Crane has been a staple in the stunt world for decades working on several of the biggest action films and franchises in movie history, including several Bond films, Aliens, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, Superman 4, Terminator 3, X-Men 3 and Men in Black 3.  Cliffhanger was directed by Renny Harlin for CarolCo.CLIFFHANGER STALLONE

Things to look up (go to IMDB):

  • Simon Crane
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Renny Harlin
  • Cliffhanger
  • CarolCo Pictures

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