When Spidey action gets gnarly, actor says ‘call in the stuntmen’
NEW YORK – Denis Leary has no patience for macho actors who claim they do all their own stunts.
(Bleep) that,” the often profane actor and stand-up comic said during a recent press day for “The Amazing Spider-Man,” in which Leary plays the tough police Captain Stacy. “First of all there’s a lot of stuff that producers and insurance companies won’t let you do.
“And there’s stuff where you go, ‘yeah, that looks pretty cool; I’ll try that,’ “ Leary continued. “And then there’s that stuff, at my age, where I say (bleep) this, I’m not doing it. Call in the stunt double, man.”
As Captain Stacy, nemesis of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) and protective father of Peter’s newfound high school squeeze Gwen (Emma Stone), Leary said he did make one big exception for his no-stunts rule – for a scene in which Captain Stacy wields a blazing shotgun in a rooftop faceoff with the rampaging Lizard.
“I told (director Marc Webb), like ‘I’m shootin’ that shotgun,’ every scene we did with that,” Leary said. “There were like four days of that and it was a blast, shootin’ the shotgun. So I like to do that, and a few of the falls. Stuff that makes you look cool, I’ll do. But once it gets a little dangerous, that’s when the stuntmen and that CGI crap come in handy.”
- Dennis King
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