On the red carpet at the Taurus World Stunt Awards

Bike_lIf you think your job is hazardous, try working the red carpet for the Taurus World Stunt Awards (pre-taped last Monday night on the Paramount Studios backlot and airing tonight at 10:30 p.m. EDT on AMC). Normally, the carpet is somewhat open air, but for this event we were corralled between two walls, which didn’t make much sense at first. But then, as host The Rock worked his way down the press line, the event coordinators cleared a huge swath of press from their spots on the carpet. And then, somewhere in the distance, we heard… the revving of a motorbike. And that’s when I realized, Oh God, someone is going to jump the carpet.

addCredit(“Taurus World Stunt Awards: Vince Bucci/Getty Images”)

Yep, that’s right, I placed myself adjacent to someone else placingthemselves in mortal danger for your benefit. And motor-biker RobbieMadison’s jump over us was pretty awesome. The guy grabbed some seriousair. And The Rock approved: "I’ve had the opportunity to be in somepretty bad-ass action sequences, but it’s always breathtaking when yousee something like that."

But then Robbie jumped again, this time completely flipping his bikebefore landing out of our view. And then he jumped again, stretchinghis legs behind his cycle. Then again, doing a handstand on thehandlebars. And again, and again, and again, each time landing with an off-stage BANG-thud-thud-thud that made me surprised I hadn’t yet swallowed my gum. By his eleventhjump — a full flip of the cycle with his legs splayed out behind him —a member of the press yelled "Okay, we’ve got it! Stop before you killyourself!" After his 15th jump, he finally stopped — but not beforepopping a wheelie while driving on the carpet itself, at which point Irealized he was wearing a bow-tie. We later spoke briefly on thecarpet. Robbie is 25, has been riding a bike since he was 4, and hashands that could crush my face. It turns out, he didn’t escape hisred-carpet stunt unscathed: After one of his midair handlebarhandstands, he landed weird and pinched off a nerve in his right arm,rendering it (temporarily) useless. And he still kept jumping. So, you see, I really did place myself in mortal danger!

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  • Flippy

    Wow, that’s awesome! I never thought I’d read about FMX on EW.com. I would totally love to see footage of that. I remember Robbie from the X Games and Dew Action Sports Tour. He was cool.

  • Les

    All I’ve gotta say is congrats to all Stunt people; it’s time they get recognized by the BIG awards (can we all say Oscars?). Whether you like action movies or not, the planning and time and expertise these people have in creating eye-popping events in a movie (that usually last for 30 seconds) is amazing, and should be seen as just as worthy as Sound Editing or the like. Kudos to stunt peeps!

  • Ep Sato

    Yeah, the motorcycle stunt guys make the skateboarders and BMX guys look like wimps. I mean, yeah a 720 is hard to do on a halfpipe (shucks, dropping in on a vert ramp is scary enough as it is), but DUDE, a complete flip 30 feet in the air with a 300 pound motorcycle? That’s more cojones than I’ll ever have…
    Mega props to the motorcycle stunt dudes. I love to watch it, but hope none of my relatives ever get into that wild azzed sport!

  • MX Champion

    No offense to those of you that love FMX, but if those dudes could actually race, they wouldn’t be doing stunts like some pseudo-Evel Kenivel.

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