Have you found that your age has affected your career path?
I don’t think so. It has raised eyebrows on regular occasions, but it’s never worried me, as I don’t see myself as a sixty-year-old man, but it has caused surprise. From my point of view, I haven’t asked for any special treatment. I’ve had to do exactly the same as a 28-year-old. Everything should be equal though, shouldn’t it?
Being honest, people have been a bit stunned. The people on the register have all been like “Go on, go for it!” Some of the younger people I’ve met, who have been trying to get on to the register have asked things like, “Do you honestly think you’ll get any work at your age?”
The thing is, stunt work isn’t always James Bond. If they need a grey-haired guy falling over on Eastenders, I’m a grey haired guy, and if they wanted me on Eastenders, I’d fall over there.
No one's been really negative. It’s just that some of the younger ones think stunt work is just for young people. Look at Andreas though, he isn’t a boy, but when I’ve worked with him, he’s worked as a stuntman.
What advice would you give someone who was looking to get onto a British Action Academy Course?
Well, there’s a lot of people out there now who have been on these courses, so I would suggest that you talk to a lot of people who have been on the courses. It’s a substantial outlay of money, but something is only expensive if it’s overpriced, and this isn’t overpriced. It’s good value.
The alternatives, if you try to cheapskate around the edges, you just don’t get the quality of training. So I would suggest that you talk to people, and you’ll probably find that a lot of people you talk to are people you know and respect. So if they're telling you it’s good, it must be good.
And lastly, any advice for someone about to attend Warrior Masterclass Phase I?
Yeah. Get fit. A lot of the guys going into the stunt world are very muscular, and spend a lot of time in the gym. Which makes you look a certain way, and gives you a certain strength, but when you have to do more of an athletes job, you aren’t as fit. Look at Mo Farrah, he doesn’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but he’d probably last longer on a Phase II course.