Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Reasons Not to Be a Stuntman -or- How to Have Fun at a beach

From directing "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," to breaking 56 bones in his career as as a stuntman, Hal Needham has lived a life only Hollywood could create. In his new autobiography "Stuntman!," Needham spills his secrets.
Before getting into directing with the Coors-smuggling idea for "Smokey," Needham was one of Hollywood's premier stuntmen in the '60s and '70s, with 4,500 TV episodes and 310 movies. His book details how he rose from a hardscrabble life on an Arkansas farm to eventually owning the Skoal-Bandit Nascar team in the 1980s and building the Budweiser Rocket Car, the first to break the speed of sound. Here, Needham explains the problem he faced when John Wayne asked for help on "McQ," a 1974 cop film that owed much to "Dirty Harry," Steve McQueen and "Bullitt." 
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