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Stuntman pulls off the best death-defying tricks in wild 2-minute video

The scenery may be digital, but the fire is real.


Sarah Weber

Internet Culture

Published Nov 28, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 12:07 pm CDT

It took one of the best stuntmen in the biz to pull off an action-packed tribute to the greatest stunts in cinema history. 

In just two and a half minutes, Damien Walters and a team of professionals take us through a rapid-fire montage of nine stunts using a soundstage, a treadmill, and some CGI movie magic. 

The scenery may be digital, but the fire is very, very real. While the video is clearly part of an advertising campaign for Honda, Walters says it’s also a tribute. 

“It’s a nice way to pay homage to the older stunt guys—Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd—but we’re trying to do it all on a treadmill in one spot,” he said in a behind-the-scenes video posted to YouTube. 

Watch closely and you’ll be able to spot scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark, 300, The Matrix, North by Northwest, Safety Last, Terminator 2, and more.

“How many people can say they’ve done all of these stunts in one place at one time?” Walters asks in the making-of video. Well, dude, how many people can do a running front flip on a treadmill while on fire? 

We’re guessing not many. 

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*First Published: Nov 28, 2016, 7:30 pm CST