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After having interviewed a number of DJ’s and producers, I thought that it would be a good idea to interview someone from another profession. So after hearing about a stuntman from someone I know, I thought that it would be great to interview him.

Through typing his name into Google, I was surprised by the amount of films that he had been in. were not small films, they were Hollywood blockbusters and included many of the films that I have enjoyed watching. Which include: Captai  n America, Thor, Skyfall and The Clash Of The Titans.


Ben retired from top level gymnastics at 21 and moved into the Entertainment industry, embarking on training as a stuntman and building on his unique acrobatic talents. For over 12 years he has taken various roles, from Top Hollywood Movies to a world renowned Male Revue show.

Ben has always been fascinated by the ancient ways of martial arts and he has furthered his education in the modern science of human anatomy and sports rehabilitation. With reference to new and old, his knowledge of the dynamics of the body’s needs to function at optimal performance is second to none. He has used his background as a professional athlete and the discipline and dedication it instilled in him to coach and inspire others.


Q: How Did Your Life Begin?

A: Well, how far back do you want me to go? My mum and my dad started the local gym club, so, I guess that was the first step into what I do now.

Q: What Motivated You To Become A Stuntman?

A: A few things really, I liked school but not sitting in a classroom. I couldn’t imagine doing a job where you have to sit down. Early in my years at school I wanted to do something different I wanted to be able to enjoy everyday I went to work, I see too many people live unhappy work lives.

At the age of 7 Jeff Davies a very accomplished British gymnastic champion taught me how to back flip he always talked about becoming a Stuntman which he did and an awesome one at that. Later in my life about 13 I started Kung Fu and one of the occasional members was the Stuntman David Foreman who played one of the teenage mutant ninja turtles. I think between the two of these guys was my motivation for being a Stuntman.

Q: Tell Us About How You Feel The Moment Before You Perform A Stunt?

A: That depends on the stunt. There is normally a little bit of fear in there, but controlled fear. You go over everything that was rehearsed. So sometimes, some of the biggest stunts have been weeks or even months in rehearsals. So we have drilled it, inside and out. On the day there will be variables; conditions, weather, where they put the cameras, what else they put into the shot. In the rehearsal room, it is the stunt in its rawest form and then when they take everything to the movie set, we have to put everything else into place.

It’s a good feeling, it’s a really good feeling. When the cameras start to roll for me there becomes a euphoric calmness, like the calm before a storm. You want to do a really good job and you want all the hard work that everyone has put into the rehearsals to make the stunt happen to come together. It is now that you have to pull it all together to draw on the time spent training and rehearsing but most importantly from experience.

Then add a little bit of fear to keep you on your toes, because you know that it’s dangerous, you know that it could go wrong, but you also know that if you do everything right that you have rehearsed, you going to be fine.

Q: How Do You Do Deal With The Fear?

A: Gymnastics taught me that, you really break it down. There is fear there but it’s definitely controlled. In the fact that, on one hand I know what I’m doing and what could go wrong but on the other, I know that I have the belief in my capabilities and the work that we’ve done to overcome that outcome.

Q: How Do You Prepare For An Upcoming Stunt?

A: The immediate preparation for a stunt is me taking myself off just before and going through the rehearsals we have done, checking the system we are using and talking to the others involved. The slightly longer term preparation for an upcoming Stunt is training and rehearsals. If the action has changed on the day because the director wants something different then its drawing from my experience running through the action in my head and getting on with it. All good Stuntmen train hard, practice and rehearse, it is from that pool of hard work that we can achieve what is asked of us.

Q: Your breakthrough Came in 2002 When You Were The Stunt Performer In The Film ‘Dog Soldiers’, How Did It Feel To Land Your First Role As Stuntman?

A: That is definitely the greatest memory. Funny enough, it was just after the New Year that I had the audition and I was really hung over, wasn’t feeling my best. Went into the audition, didn’t feel great and then just gave it my all. I left the room thinking there is no way I have the job, there was much better (I Thought) creature performers there.

And I obviously did something right, because about two days later, I got the call saying that I got it. It was an amazing feeling because it was something I had wanted to do for such a long time. I had no idea about the journey I was about to embark on. I couldn’t even comprehend, what to expect. So I was going in really blind, but it was a good, an amazing experience. There was a great Stunt team out there that took me under their wing. I worked a lot with them in Luxemburg, I owe a lot to those guys

Q: At The Beginning Of Your Career, Who Were The Most Supportive People Around You At The Time?

A: I guess because of the age I was, my mum and dad. They were always great supporters, because I wanted to do something that wasn’t the run of the mill. The school career advisers were like ‘what are you doing? Get yourself a proper job’. And that’s one thing that would be a good change, for schools to support people that want to go into slightly different careers, whether it’s: acting, stuntman, writing, artist. Those sort of creative positions are not pushed.

Through out my life I have had lots of help from very talented people, my gymnastics coach, my numerous martial arts instructors but above all now it has to be my wife. She supports me in everything I do the long days at work and the long hours I spend training out of work she really is the rock in my life, she is also the one that kicks me up the butt and tells me to man up!!

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