Five Favorite Films with Stuntman Vic Armstrong
Plus, the prolific stuntman and action director on filming The Amazing Spider-Man and his career working with James Bond, Indiana Jones, Superman and more.
His name may not be instantly familiar, but his work most certainly is: over a prolific career, Vic Armstrong has been a stunt man, stunt coordinator and second unit director on some of the biggest and best-loved action movies of the past four decades -- a list of credits far too long to even consider including here. He's stunt-doubled for successive James Bonds, from Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan, worn the cape and tights on Richard Donner's Superman, and famously done stunt work for Harrison Ford on, among many of the actor's other roles, the original three Indiana Jones films.
Then there's his work with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone and Angelina Jolie, to name a handful, or -- our personal favorite -- his listed credit as "Unicorn Master" on Ridley Scott's Legend. How does one get to be a Unicorn Master, anyway?
Armstrong's robust career as a second unit action director has also seen him shoot sequences for the likes of James Cameron, Paul Verhoeven, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, while he recently completed work on Marvel's Thor and forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man.
This week, he releases his autobiography entitled -- and with a fair claim to the crown -- The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman, which chronicles his career from riding horses for Gregory Peck through his role today as one of the industry's most sought-after action coordinators.
Armstrong called in for a chat with RT, having just wrapped shooting on Spider-Man, to talk stunts on the new Marvel web-slinger, some career highlights and, as ever, five of his favorite movies. (And hey, if he wants to pick movies he's worked on -- who are we to say no?)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, 94% Tomatometer)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962, 98% Tomatometer)
True Lies (1994, 69% Tomatometer)
The Terminator (1984, 100% Tomatometer)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997, 55% Tomatometer)
Next, Armstrong talks about filming action on The Amazing Spider-Man and Thor, and takes us through some of the highlights of his impressive career -- including his stunt work on the original Indiana Jones films.