Jason Statham’s recent interview with Vanity Fair brought up a very good point about stuntmen in the entertainment industry and the genre of action films in general. When we think of Oscar contenders, a movie like “Die Hard” probably doesn’t come to mind. They usually comprise of very emotional and are usually at some level meant to be thought provoking. But where does that leave the action movie genre?
The action movie is usually considered for simply entertaining purposes and not really considered for it’s cinematic merit. And what about the stunt men in this sprawling industry? They should really be considered the unsung heroes of the industry. These are the people that make the major actors like Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie look good on-screen, yet you would have no idea who they are or what they do unless you who someone personally.
There have been some stunt crews that have had small vignettes about them, the ones that come to mind would be from the fighting coordinators for “Spartacus” and for “Game of Thrones” and that’s because they feature unusual weapons. But does that mean that they should be held at the level as costume and set designers who are nominated for Oscars and other major awards? An argument could be argued for it. The job is by no means an easy one. These people put their bodies and well being on the line in order to execute very difficult and intricate moves, it may be time for them to have more recognition for what they do.
To read the rest of the interview, click here: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2013/11/jason-statham-stunt-oscars