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  • - An action scene can take,

  • anywhere from a week, two weeks, to a few months.

  • Not only because it's action,

  • but because it also helps the director

  • tell the story of the film.

  • Hi, my name's Alyma Dorsey and I'm a stuntwoman.

  • I've been in "Jumanji 2", [ping ringing] "Baywatch",

  • and "Ghostbusters", [ping ringing] and we're here today

  • to look at how stunts are done in comedy, and action film.

  • [rhythmic beat]

  • This is "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation". [intense music]

  • Oh, this is such an epic scene for Tom Cruise

  • because you know, that is him doing this stunt.

  • What I love about that

  • is that was probably some kind of wire gag.

  • [ping ringing] At least that's how I would've done it.

  • I could've put my stunt person on the wire.

  • Kudos for him!

  • There's a lot of precautions

  • for actors doing their own stunts,

  • just because of the liability that goes along with it.

  • If an actor gets hurt,

  • it could actually shut down production.

  • A lot of times the actors want to do their own stunts,

  • and if they're athletic and they are familiar

  • with the kind of gag that we're doing,

  • we want to keep them as safe as possible.

  • So, yeah it's great that they might wanna do the action

  • but we also have to make sure that we get through the film,

  • without the actor getting hurt which is why we have

  • the stunt men and and women come in there

  • and put their lives on the line,

  • so that the actor doesn't have to do that.

  • This is "Casino Royale".

  • [suspenseful music]

  • That right there is so hard.

  • I mean, can you imagine running at that angle?

  • People really don't even understand how hard it is,

  • to try to jump from one thing to the next

  • and pretend to fall.

  • Regardless of the safety lines that you might have attached,

  • just hitting your chest up against the bar,

  • your arms up against the bars repeatedly,

  • those things are super-brutal.

  • How crazy is that?

  • Hard core guys really can do that.

  • The way that they land and roll out of those,

  • is actually what makes those stunts very doable.

  • [intense music and banging]

  • That was a nice fall.

  • That was a really nice fall.

  • I wouldn't be as afraid to do that stunt

  • because there's so many different things

  • that they could've done to that material

  • to make it look like it's harder

  • than what it really is. [ping ringing]

  • So it kind of softened his fall a little bit.

  • [gun shots firing] [explosives going off]

  • On days like that, that's when they have us

  • bring our fire gear underneath our outfit or uniform,

  • so that if we do catch on fire

  • we do have a extra layer of protection there.

  • They would have someone, a safety team come out there

  • and actually extinguish all the guys

  • with the fire extinguisher.

  • And this is "Ghostbusters". [exciting music]

  • Oh, I love this!

  • Okay, so first let me say I love this film,

  • I love this film, I love this film,

  • and it is because [ping ringing] I'm in it,

  • let's put it that way!

  • The stunt that just happened was a ratchet.

  • So what a ratchet is, is you have a harness on

  • and you're connected to a wire,

  • and then there's a pressure system

  • where you have someone pushing a button,

  • or sometimes you can have a hand pull

  • where you have guys back there pulling on ropes

  • that are connected to the wire.

  • So he was literally yanked back about 20 feet.

  • [excited screaming] [audience wooing]

  • Did you see that bounce right there?

  • That bounce was real people, let me tell ya.

  • I actually jumped off of this stage,

  • it was about six feet up.

  • Whenever you do a high fall

  • you never want any points to hit.

  • So I wouldn't want my tailbone to hit first,

  • or my hip to hit first.

  • Pretty much wanna land on your back,

  • because that is the safest place to land.

  • I had a back protector,

  • a tailbone protector, with a proton pack.

  • So that bounce that you saw, was actually real.

  • So it was really fun, but it hurt, it was real.

  • - Okay, and I'm gonna open it, on three.

  • - That little push of this apparatus

  • across the stage, took us so long to do.

  • That little push was actually our stunt girl,

  • Meredith Richardson who's amazing.

  • You had to make sure to push that thing

  • in the right spot each time.

  • Sometimes it's just about hitting a mark,

  • and hitting a mark over and over consistently,

  • is a really difficult thing to do.

  • So kudos to Meredith on that one.

  • This is "Death Proof".

  • [engine revving drowns out actor's dialogue]

  • I actually love this film, for a couple of reasons.

  • Quentin Tarantino started my career,

  • as well as he started Zoe Bell's career.

  • - Take [ping ringing] that back. [engine revving]

  • - This is such a epic scene that we're about to go into

  • because, she's really doing this.

  • They are going super-fast.

  • Normally when you watch stunts,

  • they might go like 20 miles an hour or something,

  • but they are really going, really fast,

  • and the reason that I know this is actually,

  • Quentin Tarantino, we talk about this film

  • all the time, or we have in the past.

  • He really had to find a stunt woman,

  • who could give him what he wanted from this film.

  • He likes realness, he doesn't like to fake the fall.

  • You know, it's really amazing with stunts.

  • We're always putting our lives in someone else's hands.

  • For them to be going at super-excessive speeds,

  • Zoe being able to trust the stunt woman

  • that nothing's gonna happen to her

  • and that she can actually perform,

  • 'cause she's acting in this film as well as doing stunts

  • which is another amazing thing.

  • The safety measures are very important.

  • There's different varieties of safety

  • when it comes to making sure

  • that a stunt person comes home at the end of the day.

  • One of the things that made this stunt

  • more safe than another, are the actual performers.

  • - Do you want it [bleep] faster?

  • - I saw a stunt woman pushing another stunt woman's limit,

  • but at the same time I saw the trust between them,

  • knowing that they were friends,

  • that they weren't gonna hurt each other,

  • but still testing each other and pushing each other.

  • And so they had that comradery.

  • So the reason why the stunts actually come out so well,

  • at the end of the day,

  • we always have each other's back, no matter what.

  • We might be the one that pushes you to the edge,

  • but we're also the one that will never let you fall over.

  • This is "The Legend of Drunken Master".

  • [animated shouting] [intense music]

  • Okay, Jackie Chan is my favorite of all times.

  • This is real stunt work right here.

  • This is like the real deal.

  • It doesn't get more real than this.

  • [karate fighting]

  • I mean just the timing of these fights.

  • For them to be able to go this fast, and hit every mark,

  • every expression, is one of the things that

  • the younger generation stunt people strive to be like.

  • [screaming and banging]

  • That hit, that side hit to the ground, you know,

  • was him actually hitting the ground.

  • It isn't like they had anything there,

  • there was nothing there to soften his fall.

  • That's one thing about Jackie Chan he's known for,

  • I mean he got hurt a lot.

  • [scorching flames] There's different ways

  • to protect your skin and body from fire.

  • Normally they have a gel

  • face covering [ping ringing] over their skin.

  • It takes some time for that fire, to get through that gel.

  • Now sometime means a few seconds,

  • but most importantly you have an experienced fire team.

  • A safety team that's ready to make sure

  • that that stunt performer's okay,

  • and they can put that fire out in a timely manner,

  • because that gel only lasts but for so long.

  • This is "Steamboat Bill, Jr."

  • [jazz piano music]

  • Ahh, what I love about this...

  • This is Buster Keaton.

  • Back in the day they didn't have pads.

  • This is like, I always joke with the old stunt guys,

  • I'll call 'em like, BP, before pads.

  • You know, like, instead of BC, Before Christ,

  • it's like, BP, before pads.

  • I take my hat off to all of the stunt men and women

  • that came before me because,

  • they don't have any kind of protection whatsoever.

  • They just have to know how to fall.

  • Back then, you were supposed to be tough.

  • There's really no protection there.

  • He really jumped, on a mattress,

  • which is somethin' we would never do that today.

  • We always have some kind of protection.

  • [jazz piano music]

  • So cool, it's all about your marks, but just to trust,

  • that's really what that whole scene right there

  • to me was all about, was trust in safety,

  • to trust that house is gonna fall,

  • or that part of the house is gonna fall

  • in the same spot each time, and you can't flinch,

  • and you can't anything is pretty amazing.

  • This is "Bad Boys for Life".

  • [bullets firing] [suspenseful music]

  • The lay downs that all the stunt guys

  • are doin' is pretty phenomenal.

  • [ping ringing] They really picked a very talented group

  • of motorcycle stunt men in the shot. [explosion]

  • - Hit it! - Wow, that was super-cool.

  • Did they have someone?

  • Was the writer still on there?

  • I don't know, I don't think the writer was still on there.

  • I think the way they had the camera set up,

  • that didn't really have to be a real person

  • on that bike when it landed.

  • It could've been a dummy, possibly?

  • The way it was shot,

  • you really don't have to see the person in particular,

  • like details of that person, and it's super-dangerous

  • to where you don't necessarily need

  • to put that stunt man's life in danger,

  • then I think that that's the best time to use a dummy.

  • [shrieking and wailing] [intense music]

  • Oh, those are two fun stunts back-to-back.

  • So, the first one was really cool

  • because that was all about timing as well.

  • That stunt performer had to really be dependent

  • on the stunt driver making sure to maintain that speed

  • so that stunt person can actually know

  • when the perfect timing was for him

  • to actually push off of his pegs,

  • and then do a shoulder roll onto the bed of the truck.

  • Him going into the barrels.

  • The barrels are not something that's too hard to go into,

  • it's just a matter of protecting yourself

  • as you're goin' through there.

  • They probably did a [beeping] Cowboy Switch

  • at the end where the stunt performer went through,

  • and then on the next shot where you see the actor

  • you'll actually see Martin.

  • Oh my God, that was so awesome, I had such an amazing time

  • just getting a chance to go through all the stunts.