Those Fall Guy stunts…..

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Fall Guy stunts - we go behind the scenes

A film about a stunt man has to have stunts and we take a look behind the scenes of those Fall Guy stunts…..

“The Fall Guy TV series from the ‘80s was a reflection of that era, celebrating the
cowboy spirit of stunt work,” director David Leitch says. “Back then, stunts were about
sheer toughness, fearlessness, and guts. While there were tricks of the trade, these stunts
still came with a lot of pain. My journey in the stunt world began during the transition from
this old-school era to the modern era where stunt work began embracing new technologies
and practices. As I entered the industry, visual effects and special effects were starting to
revolutionize the stunt world. Wire rigs, the removal of those wires via VFX and other
innovations were transforming the way stunts were performed. While shooting The Matrix, I
had the opportunity to witness the cutting edge of technology and the collaborative efforts
that were shaping the future of stunts. For me, it was natural to embrace both sides of stunt performing—the old-school toughness and the evolving world of visual effects. So, now, with The Fall Guy stunts, I’m paying tribute to my early career journey as a stunt performer. While we incorporate some nods to the role of visual effects, the film maintains a raw and
practical element in every stunt. With this film, we aimed to deliver action that was true to
the spirit of the stunt community by incorporating techniques that have become somewhat
of a lost art.”

The Cannon Roll

 Fall Guy Stunts double Logan Holladay broke the Guinness World Record for cannon rolls in a car
with eight and a half rolls, achieving the groundbreaking feat on the beach, which was
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notably on flat ground. This achievement surpassed the previous record held by
stuntman Adam Kirley, who achieved seven cannon rolls during the filming of Casino
Royale in 2006. Holladay’s years of expertise, combined with the meticulous planning by
the stunt team, ensured the safe execution of the roll.
 The choice of landscape was a significant factor, as a car roll of that magnitude
demanded a particular terrain. The beach setting presented unique challenges, requiring
meticulous planning and adjustments during the stunt because of changing tides.
 Operating at a speed of 80mph with the cannon packing 900 psi, the filmmakers opted
for a Jeep Grand Cherokee due to its equal width and height, providing a cylindrical
shape ideal for rolling.
 The roll cage was purposely built with additional space at the corners to facilitate the
cylindrical formation upon impact.
 In the movie, stunt driver Logan Holladay not only performed the stunt but can also be
seen belting Ryan Gosling into the car before the cannon roll and getting him out of the
car afterward.
 Crews worked tirelessly for hours compacting the sand to get it as firm as possible to
achieve the speeds required for the stunt.
 Tides played a major role in scheduling the shoot and the stunt. Mother Nature waits for
no one.

 

The Alma/Colt Chase Sequence

 The Alma/Colt chase sequence involved teamwork and innovation, featuring a thrilling
scene on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. While a scene like this would normally be
done with blue screen, the team decided to film the scene entirely practically. Ryan
Gosling’s direct involvement added authenticity to the action, and the team opted for incamera shots with a garbage truck dragging Gosling on a spinning bin through the
streets of Sydney.
 Early versions of the script toyed with different vehicle options, but after initial scouts of
Sydney, it became apparent that skip bin trucks were everywhere, which is how the skip
bin truck sequence was born.
 Keir Beck’s world-class rigging skills, coupled with his attention to detail and safety,
made the skip bin truck a stunt rigger’s dream.
 Collaborating closely with picture cars and special effects teams, the crew was wellprepared for any challenges that director Leitch presented. With a limited window on the
Harbour Bridge, exhaustive hours were dedicated to devising and refining various
scenarios.
 50 stunt drivers were used for this scene, so ensuring the safety of everyone involved
while maintaining precision in resetting to the starting point was crucial.
 The culmination of these efforts resulted in a truly spectacular sequence.

 

The 225-Foot Car Jump

 One of the most jaw-dropping moments in The Fall Guy involves a 225-plus-foot car
jump. The jump was performed by seasoned driver Logan Holladay in a specially
designed vehicle, crafted for practical, in-camera authenticity that could handle such an
extreme leap. This extraordinary stunt stands as a testament to the film’s commitment
to delivering genuine, practical stunts that defy the norms of modern CGI-dominated
filmmaking.
 At the apex of the jump, the truck was close to 80 feet in the air.
 To streamline the process, an exact replica was built for simultaneous testing and set
dressing.
 The test jump mirrored the actual jump, with the only distinction being the absence of a
40-foot-deep gap.
 Both the test jump and the real jump occurred at the same location, allowing for
considerations of weather and wind direction.
 The vehicle reached a speed of 72mph during the jump.
 A suspension expert closely monitored the jumps during testing, making immediate
adjustments to the truck as necessary.
The Boat Jump
 The boat jump sequence utilized a hidden driver for most shots.
 The boat achieved an impressive 80-foot jump.
 The ramp used for the jump measured approximately 4 feet high and 24 feet long.
 The boat used for the stunt was a 565 Formosa.
 Ryan Gosling obtained his boating license in NSW to ensure readiness for any
unforeseen needs during filming.
The High Fall From Helicopter
 The high-fall stunt in The Fall Guy was executed by stunt performer Troy Brown,
carrying on the legacy of his father, Bob Brown, a high-fall expert. Troy Brown broke his
own personal record for the longest high fall, achieving an astounding 150 feet during
the filming of this movie.
 Bob Brown, renowned for perfecting the craft of high falls, created his own bags and set
records with hundreds of feet under his belt. The film pays homage to this era and the
unique charm of the ‘old school’ stunt performers
 The bag used on set was one of Bob’s own, previously used in one of his final high falls
for the Taurus Stunt Awards before being sold to stunt professionals in South Africa.
 Acquiring airbags rated for such heights is rare, but essential for safety. The production
team procured this specific bag for the monumental high fall scene in The Fall Guy.
 The dimensions of the bag were 25 feet by 50 feet

……and that’s hoe those Fall Guy stunts were done!

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