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Podcast Episode 67: Stand Up For Stunts

Stuntman Jeff Wolfe talks about rally and petition to get an Oscar category for stunts

Credit: Warner Brothers

Above: "Mad Max: Fury Road" had insane stunts that were integral to the film yet the Academy has no awards category to recognize the people who risk their lives to bring movies to life.

Episode 67: Stand Up for Stunts

Celebrating stunt people with Jeff Wolfe, president of the Stuntmen's Association, talking about the rally and petition to get an Oscar for stunt coordinators and with stunt driver Steve Lepper who pays tribute to the car stunts in "Mad Max: Fury Road."

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Transcript

"Mad Max: Fury Road" was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar this year and took home more awards than any other film, but none of the stunt people received any recognition from the Academy. Stuntman Jeff Wolfe talks about a rally and petition to get an Oscar category for stunts.

My podcast today is all about stunts. Jeff Wolfe talks about the need for the Oscars to recognize what stunt people do, and then stunt driver Steve Lepper talks about the insane stunts in "Mad Max: Fury Road."

At noon Wednesday, Jeff Wolfe, president of The Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures, is calling for a rally of stunt people at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Headquarters to demand a category be established for a Stunt Coordinator Oscar.

Here is the statement from the news release for the rally:

"Stunt professionals have been fighting for 25 years for inclusion in the Oscars. They held an initial rally on February 24, which drew about 100 stunt performers, coordinators, and supporters, and delivered over 50,000 petition signatures for Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs to the Academy's head of security."

But the Academy did not respond in any way to the rally or petition, so the stunt community has now gathered nearly 80,000 signatures and is rallying a second time as the Academy meets to deal with issues regarding diversity (or the lack thereof in their nominations and membership).

As a fan of Asian action films, I always appreciated that the Hong Kong film awards had a category to honor best fight and action choreography, and wondered why the Oscars didn't do the same.

Stand Up For Stunts is on Twitter and on Facebook. You can sign the petition here. Here is the Facebook event for the Wednesday rally.

And if you want to see Wolfe get the crap beat out of him in the scene he describes in the interview, here it is!

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