Eddie Braun embodies a life of adventure. For over thirty years (and still going strong) he's built his career as one of the most legendary stuntmen in Hollywood. Most recently he added to his credentials when he launched himself across Idaho's Snake River Canyon in a 10,000 horsepower rocket, a stunt Evel Knievel unsuccessfully attempted in 1974. We teamed up with the filmmakers of Stuntman, the upcoming feature length film that documents Eddie's latest feat, to not only show Eddie, but a cast of some of the most courageous and adventurous stuntmen and women in Hollywood putting their Best Made to the test.
When we heard rumors of the upcoming film Stuntman, a riveting document of Eddie Braun's leap across the Snake River Canyon, we were on the next plane to LA. Working closely with the filmmakers we planted the seeds of our joint-adventure and are proud to present their behind the scenes footage.
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Eddie built his reputation over three decades of spectacular stunts in hundreds of film and TV roles, including the fabled TV series The Fall Guy. Famous for more recently soaring across Idaho's Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket—a newsworthy triumph that eluded his childhood idol Evel Knievel—he is also recognized as one of the industry's leading stunt coordinators. Beyond his daredevil driving and well-honed comedy chops, he is known as a mastermind behind the scenes, choreographing teams of skilled stunt artists to deliver cinematic sleight of hand. On set and off, Eddie is never without his sense of humor, steely resilience and his lucky Stan Smiths.
Featured In: The Fall Guy, Dukes of Hazzard, Magnum PI, Unlawful Entry, Navy Seals, Sons of Anarchy, Sneakers, Bad Moms, Lost, Rush Hour, Fatal Instinct, Transformers.
Melissa Stubbs decided to be a stunt woman at the tender age of 6. While still in high school, she began working professionally, having rigorously trained in kick-boxing, trail running, horseback riding, motocross and jet-skiing. At the top of her league and dubbed "the queen of ass-kicking" she is renowned for doing the impossible—from great heights, at top speed, in every kind of vehicle.
Featured In: Suicide Squad, The Dark Knight Rises, Game of Thrones.
The Marvel-Disney blockbuster Black Panther is well on its way to becoming one of the most successful superhero movies in the genre's history, and it also sits at the top of Aaron Toney's resume. Skilled in complex techniques from acrobatics to sword play, Toney has transformed dangerous work into an elegant dance, most recently as stunt-double for Chadwick Boseman's starring character in Black Panther. This jack of all trades is a master of the wire, at home perched precariously in mid-air. He's also the co-founder of JAM (Joining All Movement), a Los Angeles gym that teaches disciplines from martial arts tricking to parkour.
Featured In: Black Panther, Pirates of the Caribbean, Avatar, Captain America: Civil War.
Master Simon Rhee has a quiet demeanor that belies his molten core. Born in California, he was sent to Korea as a kid to connect with his heritage. He retuned a black belt in Hap Ki Do and Tae Kwan Do, which paved his way into movies and a breakout gig as a stunt double for the legendary Jackie Chan. A martial arts Grand Champion and acclaimed fight coordinator, Simon relies on pure, powerful simplicity to reveal the true beauty of movement.
Featured In: Inception, Rush Hour, WestWorld.
For the Hooker brothers, stunt work is a family business spanning three generations. When other kids were mastering the tricycle, the twins were jumping dirt bikes, dropping in on skate ramps and racing BMX. They now specialize in death-defying moves that require technical agility and extreme speed, from water stunts to car chases. The Hooker legacy has instilled in them a deep discipline and dedication. The family mantra? "If you fail to prepare, be prepared to fail."
Featured In: Spy Kids, The Hunted, Weeds.