Yep that s me, Hal Needham, on the cover doing a fire stunt When you re on fire you don t dare breathe because if you do, you ll suck those flames right down your throat I was Hollywood s highest paid stuntman so I should know.I wrecked hundreds of cars, fell from tall buildings, got blown up, was dragged by horses, and along the way broke 56 bones, my back twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teethI hung upside down by my ankles under a bi plane in The Spirit of St Louis, jumped between galloping horses in Little Big Man, set a world record for a boat stunt on Gator, jumped a rocket powered pick up truck across a canal for a GM commercial, was the first human to test the car airbag and taught John Wayne how to really throw a movie punch.Life also got exciting outside of the movie business I had my Ferrari stolen right from under my nose, flew in a twin engine Cessna with a passed out pilot, rescued the cast and crew from a Russian invasion in Czechoslovakia, and once took six flight attendants on a date I owned the Skoal Bandit NASCAR race team, the sound barrier breaking Budweiser Rocket Car and drove a souped up, fake ambulance in a little cross country race called The Cannonball Run, which became the movie I directed by the same name Oh yeah, I also directed Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper and several other action comedy movies that I liked a bunch I was a sharecropper s son from the hills of Arkansas who became a Hollywood stuntman That journey was a tough row to hoe I continually risked my life but that was the career I chose I was never late to the set and did whatever I had to do to get the job done.Hollywood s not all sunglasses and autographs Let me tell you a few stories...
|Title||:||Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life|
|Publisher||:||Little, Brown and Company 1 edition February 9, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||867 KB|
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Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life Reviews
How the son of a sharecropper in Arkansas became a paratrooper, an ace tree-trimmer, and the most famed Hollywood stuntman of all time. Dude's definitely braggart, but then again, if I had accomplished half of what he has, I'd be one too. If you ever wondered how those stunts are done, from cowboy bar fights to falls off buildings to "Smokey and the Bandit," this book is worth the read. More often than not, I found myself saying "Damn!" out loud, and trying to read passages to whomever was nearby. Now I have to rent "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run" just to see the stunts, not to mention "The French Connection", "Villian", and a few Steve McQueen flicks. Fun, fun read.
Very entertaining and interesting. I did get a little worn out near the end, but for the most part I really enjoyed this book. I was listening to a re-broadcast of an interview on NPR with Hal Needham shortly after he died and he sounded really interesting. In the interview he plugs his book, so I bought it.
I have to admit that prior to reading this book I had never heard of Hal Needham but I realized that I was very familiar with his work on the big screen. There was a lot to like about this book -it's written like you were sitting next to him and talking in his living room. I love the pictures and the stories of the folks he worked with. I would recommend this book to anyone but particularly to anyone who grew up during the 70's and 80's and liked the types of movies that Hal played in.
This is the biography of the "Father" of the modern stuntman, Hal Needham. Hal leads you from his impoverished childhood as the step-son of a hardworking Arkansas sharecropper, and son of a depression era hardworking, non-complaining Mother... through his almost mythical rise to the top of the Hollywood stuntman empire. Along the way, more Hollywood big star names are dropped than you would hear by watching "Entertainment Tonight" for a week. Additionally you will learn the inside "tricks" and dare devil approaches to movie's magic stunts. **BUT-FIRST**... in a surprisingly unique beginning to this never dull, even for a minute story... when the introduction is presented exactly like the "coming-attractions" or "previews" when you watch a movie. The first nine pages are just enough name dropping and action teases to make you "run" at full speed into the rest of the book.
fun read. I'm too young to know Hal's earlier work but the Smokey and the Bandit era tales were great.
I thought this book was going to be lame, but I wanted to read it anyway because One of my favorite movies is the cannonball run. I was very much surprised. It's a great little success story of a dirt poor son of a share cropper to a very successful movie stuntman and movie director. It is more than a rags to riches story. Hal Needham is a very funny writer. His life is very interesting, and I had no idea he was so tough. He never let anything get him down on his way to the top. I laughed out loud a few times reading this. I suggest it highly.
Easy reading with some funny touches as you read his life's story of the years when the Movie Studios had men doing all the stunts. Many times he was recovering from his injuries. Great read.