Stuntman plans death-defying stunts for Amazing Spider-Man filmBy Hugh Fort
April 17, 2012
A veteran stuntman was joined by seven members of his family as they jetted of to New York and Los Angeles to plot the spectacular stunts for the new Amazing Spider-Man film.
Vic Armstrong, 65, was in charge of coming up with the web-slinging, high-flying action for the new film starring Andrew Garfield.
He was joined by seven family members, including his brother and his son, to put together some amazing sequences in the Hollywood blockbuster.
He said: “Filming is all wrapped up now – it’s going to be pretty good I think.
“It was great to have the family there.
“The first three Spider-Man films have been done a lot on computers. Some of the stunts are amazing, but they’re quite cartoony looking.
“For this one, we’ve tried to make it more real – we’ve had people really hurtling around.
“It’s quite extreme, we’ve come up with some great scenes.”
Vic, who also worked on stunts for recent filmed Thor and The Green Hornet is now back at home in Binfield.
He is busy negotiating new offers to work on films, but cannot reveal names yet.
He admits stunts are “a young man’s game”, but says he still gets a buzz from planning big scenes.
He said: “The last time I actually did a stunt was in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which was a good while ago in 1989.
“It’s definitely a young man’s game, but the great thing is technology is moving on.
“When we did Spider-Man we were filming in 3D, which was a first for me.
“They say you don’t retire, you just fade away, and I intend to keep doing this.”
Vic wrote his life story last year – The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman – recounting his adventures around Hollywood working with producers like Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas.
The book has sold incredibly well, both in America and the UK.
He counts the actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger as “a good mate” and the pair have worked on seven films together, including sci-fi hit Total Recall, which is being remade with Colin Farrell.
For more information on Vic and his work, visit www.vicarmstrong.com/the-true-adventures-of-the-worlds-greatest-stuntman