Royston stuntman talks about his life in the movies
SIMON Whyman has appeared in some of the past five year’s top films and TV Shows although you wouldn’t recognise him if you passed him on the street.
The 36-year-old stuntman, who is used to being punched or set on fire, has lent his talents to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Dark Knight and War Horse.
“I got a few good fight scenes in Batman Begins and have been in Casaulty and EastEnders. I was set on fire in Casualty and blown up,” said the Royston resident.
“I’m generally being thrown off things, being dragged through things and fighting.”
Simon got into movies after he returned from travelling and fell into the trade, first appearing in The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh in 2006 before going on to appear in 22 further productions.
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He has worked with some of cinema’s biggest names, even doubling for a well known British actor.
“I have rubbed shoulders with Liam Neeson on Wrath of The Titans and doubled for Simon Pegg in a release that’s out later this year,” he said.
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“Obviously you have some professionalism and talk to them as you can. If they’re in the zone you just sort of leave them to it.”
The Clark Road resident has made his name on the big falls and wire work but hopes to move into the more technical side of his profession. He says the difficult part of stunt work is not putting your body on the line but technical skills such as driving.
When The Crow asked him about injuries he touched wood and said: “I have a had a couple of knocks, bruises and cuts and a few burns from the fire.
“But it’s part of the job to take a few knocks here and there, you’re trained to do it the safest way and make it look dangerous. That’s the art of it.”
Despite his high risk job his fiancee, Patricia Sutherland, doesn’t mind the danger.
“Funnily enough she is a paediatric nurse and looks after kids so first of all she can look after me if I break my bones,” said Simon.
“She’s got the same mentality as me because she looks after kids and stunt guys are just big kids, that’s why we get paid to play.”