Look! I got you a photo!
You want a picture of Brandon in costume? Ask and ye shall receive!!! Well, I realize it’s not quite Brandon and it’s not quite costume, but that is coming soon, I promise. It’s not quite a professional photo, either. This was actually taken on an iPhone at about 3am, at Canal and Rampart (a pretty rough area of New Orleans, especially at 3am). The furniture pad on the hood is to protect the car, as there was a stuntman riding on it a few minutes earlier. The guy in the photo is Mike Massa, a very talented and accomplished stuntman who doubled Brandon back on Superman Returns. He’s not in his full costume here (he happened to have the jacket off here), but he’s doing his best “Dylan Stance” anyway. And, yes, that’s Dylan’s bug right next to him. See? I told you it was there. I hope you enjoy the photo.
Two quick anecdotes about the night this photo was taken:
1) Drunk drivers don’t pay attention to cones. During one of the takes, a drunk driver barrelled through the cones we had set up, causing myself and another stunt guy to scramble out of the way. It wasn’t exactly a close call, but still kind of scary to look up while you’re watching a dangerous car stunt and realize that you’re actually IN a dangerous car stunt.
2) Apparently, tattoo parlours do a lot of business at 3am. At least that is what the owner tried to tell us when he stumbled back drunk at 3am to find us blocking the front of his store. He insisted on yelling through the next few shots about how much money he was losing by us being there. He then vomited in the street and yelled some more. Remind me, if I ever get a tattoo, to make sure it’s done by a drunk man at 3am in one of the worst areas of New Orleans because if there’s anyone I trust sticking a needle in my body about at thousand times, it was that guy. The irony? Customers, regulars apparently, showed up at 4am bearing coffee for him.
It’s a strange, strange world.
Development Exec/Stuntguy/BO (Behavioural Observer)