This is a picture of me lining up a jump over that chain link fence and over the DP, running full speed. The drop was about 8 feet onto concrete and the shoes I was wearing had no cushion in them whatsoever. I did the stunt 9 times so they could get it from different angles and at some point I landed hard on the ball of my left foot, bruising it badly. At the time, I didn't realize the extent of the injury and kept doing the jump. By the last jump, I could barely walk.
That was 2 months ago and the injury is still a problem. Because it's the ball of my foot, I re-injure it a few times a week (like on Wednesday nights when I play basketball). It's like getting a paper cut on your thumb - it takes forever to heal because you use it constantly. I walk around my house in thick flip flops to ease the pain of walking on it.
I don't regret it one bit though. Stunts are really fun to do. Part of what makes them fun is the danger and sometimes you get hurt. But doing stunts isn't about never getting hurt, it's about minimizing the potential injuries. Even the best stunt guys in the industry get injured. They just get injured in ways that they can fully heal from and come back for more.
It was fun to do despite the pain. I've seen some of the footage and the shot looks great. I've since done several fight scenes on other projects and played a lot of basketball. I'm not exactly speeding up my recovery, but there's no rest for the weary...or injured.
What's the most fun stunt you've done? Have you hurt yourself doing something for a shoot?
(photo courtesy of Will Wallace)
-- Gabriel Voss