Wollongong’s Jake Bennett Swapped Mines For Movies As A Stuntman | Review of northern beaches
When Jake Bennett graduated from high school in Wollongong, he didn’t know what he wanted to do. Russel crowe.
In recent years, the 32-year-old realized he could truly make a career out of his extreme hobbies like motorcycle racing, martial arts and freestyle BMX, so he gave up mining to movies.
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âMy brother and I raced competitive motorcycles, my mom was a gymnastics trainer, my sister was a gymnast and an aerial skier,â he said. âWe kind of grew up doing motocross, go-carting, mountain biking, all that stuff. I already had a great foundation for stunts not knowing that stunts were a career path.â
It wasn’t until a motorcyclist friend Cody Mackey scored a job on Mad Max: Fury Road, that Bennett decided to give it a shot.
âThe public doesn’t know much about the stunt industry as we are rarely in the spotlight and do not receive major accolades,â Bennett said. “It’s not a job that a lot of people gravitate towards, but it’s so much fun.”
Feats like motocross tricks, driving rally cars, being thrown off cliff tops, punched across a table, or set on fire are all a day’s work for Bennett although there are plenty of safety practices in the areas. backstage.
âA lot of it is very controlled,â he said. “When you do big stunts [like jump off a cliff] you normally have an editing and security crew with you and that’s when the magic of the movie kicks in with wires and edit pointsâ¦ that stuff is painted in post-production. “
However, the reason most actors don’t like to do stunts themselves is because they are more prone to accidents, as being subjected to extreme activities is not a daily occurrence.
âIf we don’t work, we train and that’s a daily thing,â Bennett said. “My partner [who is also a stunt double] and I do Muay Thai, we also do boxing regularly and we also do stunt based work that we do every day. “
They also both own motocross bikes and practice vehicle maneuvers on a farm in Picton.
To be a stunt performer in Australia, you must be “rated” by the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance and be proficient in body control, heights, vehicle use, working with animals and fire – as well as following a training with a stunt coordinator. , Bennett said.
When he first spoke to his parents about his career change, they were initially a little worried that he was quitting a stable job, but returned after seeing how happy he was.
âI had to sit mum and dad and tell myself ‘we’re not cowboys setting us on fire, everything is very controlled,'” he said.
Australia’s film industry may currently be on hold after booming in 2020 with overseas productions, but Bennett said work would resume when restrictions are lifted.
And if his body ends up getting too tired, he said there are plenty of other roles in the stunt world to keep him employed for a very long time.
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