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Movie review: Thumbs up for The Fall Guy

Returning to the big screen after his starring role in The Barbie Movie, Ryan Gosling stars in The Fall Guy — an action-packed tribute to stunt performers in the movies.

The Fall Guy opens in theaters on May 3, 2024

Gosling plays the role of Colt Seavers — a stuntman who “gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy and try to win back the love of his life (Emily Blunt starring as Jody Moreno, director of the movie) while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right?”

Ryan Gosling is Colt Seavers in THE FALL GUY, directed by David Leitch
L to R: Ryan Gosling is Colt Seavers and Emily Blunt is Judy Moreno in THE FALL GUY, directed by David Leitch

The Fall Guy includes the movie industry’s first ever film credit of Stunt Designer, received by Chris O’Hara, president of Stunts Unlimited, and who is renowned as a stunt coordinator and second unit director. The Stunt Designer moniker goes beyond the traditional title of Stunt Coordinator (an official Screen Actors Guild credit that is also recognized by the Directors Guild of America). This credit represents a new benchmark that accurately reflects “the high-level artistic contribution of world-class Stunt Coordinators like O’Hara. These are artists who do more than coordinate the logistics of stunts; they design and create them.” “Stunt Designers are the creative architects behind fight scenes, high falls, and more, and deserve to be recognized for the creative leadership of their contributions,” said David Leitch, director, blockbuster filmmaker and a former stunt coordinator.

THE FALL GUY, directed by David Leitch

The Fall Guy was originally a TV series from the ‘80s. It “was a reflection of that era, celebrating the cowboy spirit of stunt work,” director David Leitch says. “Back then, stunts were about sheer toughness, fearlessness, and guts. While there were tricks of the trade, these stunts still came with a lot of pain. My journey in the stunt world began during the transition from this old-school era to the modern era where stunt work began embracing new technologies and practices. As I entered the industry, visual effects and special effects were starting to revolutionize the stunt world. Wire rigs, the removal of those wires via VFX and other innovations were transforming the way stunts were performed. While shooting The Matrix, I had the opportunity to witness the cutting edge of technology and the collaborative efforts that were shaping the future of stunts. For me, it was natural to embrace both sides of stunt performing—the old-school toughness and the evolving world of visual effects. So, now, with The Fall Guy, I’m paying tribute to my early career journey as a stunt performer. While we incorporate some nods to the role of visual effects, the film maintains a raw and practical element in every stunt. With this film, we aimed to deliver action that was true to the spirit of the stunt community by incorporating techniques that have become somewhat of a lost art.”

Ryan Gosling is Colt Seavers in THE FALL GUY, directed by David Leitch

The cannon roll was a particularly spectacular stunt featured in The Fall Guy. “Stunt double Logan Holladay broke the Guinness World Record for cannon rolls in a car with eight and a half rolls.”

L to R: Ryan Gosling, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ben Jenkin, Logan Holladay, Justin Eaton, and David Leitch on the set of THE FALL GUY, directed by David Leitch.

These days, sequences like the Alma/Colt chase sequence, in which a garbage truck dragged Ryan Gosling on a spinning bin through the streets of Sydney, Australia, included a thrilling scene on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge that “would normally be done with blue screen,” but “the team decided to film the scene entirely practically” — old school.

Emily Blunt is Judy Moreno in THE FALL GUY, directed by David Leitch

Another exciting stunt was a jaw-dropping 225-foot car jump, “performed by seasoned driver Logan Holladay in a specially designed vehicle, crafted for practical, in-camera authenticity that could handle such an extreme leap. At the apex of the jump, the truck was close to 80 feet in the air.

Ryan Gosling is Colt Seavers in THE FALL GUY, directed by David Leitch

Other wild stunts included a boat jump, a high fall from a helicopter, numerous fights, fiery explosions and much, much more. Multiple costume variations were required “to address the complexity of action scenes.” Oh, and be sure to stick around for the credits to see a cameo that you will not want to miss. Thumbs up!

Ryan Gosling is Colt Seavers in THE FALL GUY, directed by David Leitch

To see a trailer for The Fall Guy and to purchase tickets, visit the official site at: https://www.thefallguymovie.com.

Jan in the lobby of the AMC Mission Valley (San Diego), after seeing a screening of The Fall Guy. Thumbs up!

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  1. David Sperry on May 9, 2024 at 9:53 pm

    Jan, this is an action movie with a twist…real stunts! I’ll try to see it.

    • Jan Wagner on May 10, 2024 at 2:51 pm

      David, it is a stunt-filled tour de force.

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