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The Amazing Double Life of Vic Armstrong
The great Bond stunt man relives his more daring deeds

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INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984)

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Some of Armstrong’s fondest memories are from his time impersonating his “good buddy” Harrison Ford. Of all his doppelgangers, Ford was the hardest to mimic accurately - a primary concern for a stunt actor. “When you’re a stunt man you 100 per cent look at the actor,” he relates. “You look at the way they walk, the way they throw their punches, and really mimic their moves and their mannerisms.” Ford was the hardest to copy, he explains, because he’d “had some injuries over the year and he runs strangely.” The second instalment of Spielberg’s Indy franchise saw Armstrong in fisticuffs with fellow stuntman Pat Roach who played the chief guard in the evil Maharajah’s palace. Did he mind hitting his best friend? “Oh no, we punched the lights out of each other! He was more worried about hurting me than I was about hurting him I think.” Armstrong and Roach acted together in the first three Indiana Jones films, but Temple Of Doom’s rock-crushing, conveyor-belt riding extravaganza was a particular highlight. Of smashing rocks over Roach’s head, Armstrong quips: “He’s a tough old bastard. He wouldn’t cry if you chopped his foot off.”

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1 Vic Armstrong
Oh there has to be a second part to this feature surely!!! Vic is a legend and a remarkably modest individual too. Thanks for all your hard work Mr Armstrong - I have been enjoying your stunts all my cinema going life! More

Posted by TheSomnambulist on Tuesday April 8, 2014, 11:47

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Brilliant stuff, thank you. More

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they don't make em like Vic anymore. More

Posted by leroythemasochist on Friday April 4, 2014, 07:06


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