What it takes to be a stunt person
Monique Ganderton has been fighting and falling in films and TV for the past 15 years. As a stunt performer, she has been a stunt double for Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Cara Delvigne, Mandy Moore, and Sigourney Weaver. She was most recently named as Marvel’s first female stunt coordinator. Ganderton tells us how the action comes to life in movies. Following is a transcript of the video.
Monique Ganderton: I’ve been working for, you know, 15 years as a stunt performer on a variety of sets all over the world. Majority of the day is you’re fighting and falling.
“Atomic Blonde”…I am so proud of that movie. So, we had this stairwell scene, this fight, that in the script was she shoots two guys. But, you know, we were talking to Dave and we were like, “Hey, you know, what if we do this epic fight scene?” We actually went to the stairwell and we shot it how we would shoot it on set. So, we call this a previs, a stunt previs, and then we have Charlize go in and shoot the first section until it was good, sometimes 15 to 20 takes for each section, because it had to be perfect. They put me in when it was the — you know, throwing — getting thrown down the stairs, and getting thrown into the wall, and then back to Charlize’s section. I’m so proud of that sequence. I think we really accomplished something incredible.
She’s beautiful, but she is tough. She wants to be good. She wants to do everything. And she was there, all the time, in the gym with us, and you know, the Tom Cruises and the Angelina Jolies and Charlize and Keanu, like, they’re all very athletic and very talented. The problem is they can’t …read more
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