The phrase, "Tough day at the office" isn't exactly in Bobby Holland Hanton's vocabulary, though he could be forgiven for wanting to put his feet up at the end of the day. The superstar stuntman has racked up some serious hours in Hollywood films, and has more than a few yarns up his sleeve to show for it.\r\n\r\nStarting out as a stunt double for Daniel Craig in 2008's\u00a0Quantum of Solace, the enigmatic gymnast-turned-professional-fall-guy has advanced his career exponentially, performing stunts for the likes of\u00a0 Daniel Craig, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Christian Bale, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Chris Pine.\r\n\r\nHis high-adrenaline stunt work appears in films including Inception, Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia, Robin Hood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (both of them), Pirates of the Caribbean, Green Lantern, Captain America ... *sips water* ... Sherlock Holmes, Snow White and the Huntsman, John Carter, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, Spectre, the Avengers series, Star Wars (a few of them), Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones\u00a0and, his most celebrated work, Marvel's\u00a0Thor\u00a0series, where he works very closely alongside friend and colleague Chris Hemsworth, as one of the most hard-working stuntmen in the industry.\r\n\r\nOut in Sydney with Band Aid Advanced Healing last week (a very clever brand alignment, actually!), we sat down with Bobby to talk about how he got started, what a typical day on the job is like, and what it takes to be at the top of the stunt game.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll also like...\r\n\u201cA Bloody Silly Idea\u201d \u2013 Richard Hammond on The Grand Tour\u2019s Second Season\r\nAn Exclusive Interview with Dominic West & The Directors of Jameson First Shot 2017\r\nMeet The Man Behind a Million Lights: An Exclusive Interview with Steve Lieberman\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat day did you wake up and decide: \u201cI\u2019m going to be a stuntman\u201d?\r\n\r\nI\u2019ve done gymnastics since the age of four\u2014I retired competing for Great Britain when I was 17. I was at a crossroads, I had a back injury and my Russian coach had left the country and I wasn\u2019t sure what I was going to do.\r\n\r\nI turned my attention to football for two years, then there was an article in the newspaper for a Legoland high-diving show. I thought I\u2019d try my hand at that, and it turned into another live show, and then just rolling onto live shows for three to four years.\r\n\r\nI was actually watching Casino Royale, the chase sequence where James Bond is chasing a friend [of mine], an ex-gymnast, Martin Campbell, and I found out that he was a stuntman. I thought, \u201cHang on, this guy used to be a gymnast as well. How do I get into this?\u201d\r\n\r\nI made some enquiries and checked out Equity and found out how you become a stuntman. There\u2019s a criteria, you have to be elite at six disciplines from a possible ten or eleven. So I started to train, and then my first job came up--to audition for Bond when I was 23, to double Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace.\r\n\r\nI auditioned, and I had four of my six skills at that point, but the stunt coordinator\u2014the boss, and one of the best in the business, said, \u201cLook we need someone who\u2019s acrobatic, who can do some stuff on ropeworks\u201d. I got the job. It was supposed to be five weeks and it ended up being six months. After that movie I went straight into Prince of Persia.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s moved on from there and been solid for the past ten years.\r\n\r\nJames Bond as your first gig though--was that daunting?\r\n\r\nOh, massively. It was my first job, I was 23, I wasn\u2019t qualified yet, I was learning on the job.\r\n\r\nI constantly had to be on my toes, listening, focussing on safety. It was a real learning curve and a real chance for me to see it at the highest level and take things from that\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAre there stunt men heroes? Or guys in the industry who are kind of legends?\r\n\r\nYeah there\u2019s a lot of guys that I look up to and have been lucky enough to work with as performers. Buster Reeves is Batman\u2019s double for the first two movies [in the recent Christopher Nolan trilogy] and I got to work with him on The Dark Knight Rises where he actually doubled Bane and I doubled Batman. I learnt a lot from him.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s also Ben Cook, who\u2019s also Bond\u2019s double on Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall\u2014I ended up doubling as well. Lee Morrison is also a really good friend of mine, Rowdy Owen Roddy.\r\n\r\nThese guys are all legends in the game, I\u2019ve learnt from them, I look up to them and now I\u2019m lucky enough to work with them.\r\n\r\nIs there a major difference between being a stunt double and a stunt performer?\r\n\r\nNo. I think being a stunt double is \u2026 you\u2019re busier. You\u2019re actually portraying the actor as their double. You have to look after the actor. Make sure their pads are where they need them, you rehearse everything with them. You shoot what they don\u2019t shoot.\r\n\r\nBut as a stunt performer it\u2019s much the same, you take hard hits, bullet hits, reactions, or you\u2019re in the background fighting with a sword\u2014it\u2019s just as difficult. And we all still do that now.\r\n\r\nIf I\u2019m not stunt-doubling for someone, or I\u2019m not busy, then I can go and work on a movie and be a stunt performer.\r\n\r\nEverybody chops and changes and helps each other out.\r\n\r\nYou\u2019re already in major films, have you ever considered taking up acting?\r\n\r\nI don\u2019t know. I really love being able to work on these big shoots with some of the most amazing people in the world, and travel the world, but also just go home to my family and just be me, and not have any stress about not being able to go to the shops. I see that with people I work with and that can\u2019t be easy, to constantly be in the spotlight.\r\n\r\nDoes stunt work have a generally accepted lifespan, as a career? I can imagine it\u2019s incredibly taxing on the body.\r\n\r\nIt is physically gruelling. It really depends on the performer. It depends how long you\u2019ve gone in your career, and if you\u2019ve been lucky enough to get away with not having any major injuries. I think it\u2019s inevitable in what we do, along the way, there are going to be injuries. But it\u2019s important for us to always be prepared also, and have the right things in place if we do get injuries.\r\n\r\nThere are serious injuries, but there are also smaller ones that are part and parcel to what we do every day\u2014cuts, bruises and wounds, and it\u2019s important to be prepared and have the right stuff.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSo this is a good point to mention your work with Band-Aid?\r\n\r\nBand-Aid Advanced Healing for me works great; the cushioning means that if I get a cut on set, I can cover it and we can reshoot, sometimes four, five, six or so times. The cushion adds a layer of pain protection. There\u2019s also always a risk--if I didn\u2019t have it on--a chance of infection. On set there\u2019s smoke, dust, reapplying of makeup, sweat, so that\u2019s also a great barrier.\r\n\r\nIt heals easily, and I can get back to jumping around like a crazed idiot much quicker.\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s the gnarliest injury you\u2019ve copped so far?\r\n\r\nI had a couple of bad back injuries. Ruptured and herniated disks. One exploded into my sciatic nerve which gave me drop-foot on both feet. I\u2019ve snapped my groin, clean off the bone, on [Thor] Ragnarok. Popped a rib out, done my shoulder. Knees have gone before, neck\u2014we take a lot of head reactions.\r\n\r\nI want to go back to Bond briefly. Daniel Craig famously said that he\u2019d rather slash his wrists than do another Bond film, specifically taking issue with the physical nature of the role. If he has trouble coping with it, does it only make it harder for you? As the stunt man?\r\n\r\nI think Daniel did a great job and he has done a great job in all of them. But he started in 2005. It\u2019s a long time to be that one character and it is physically gruelling and that is the character.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s inevitable that he\u2019s picked up injuries along the way, doing these movies. That takes its toll, and you can say, \u201cI\u2019ve had enough of beating myself up\u201d.\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ve never sidled up to Daniel on set and quietly reminded him that Pierce Brosnan did all of his own stunts?\r\n\r\nHaha! No. Definitely not. Everybody on set knows that Daniel is as good an actor as he is a physical stunt guy.\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s the most dangerous stunt you\u2019ve ever done?\r\n\r\nI\u2019ve done quite a few. Going back to my first film, Quantum [of Solace], I did a balcony jump in the slums of Panama. First ever stunt on camera, no wires, no safety, it was about a seven-metre distance. I was there on call which was at 4pm or 5pm in hair and make-up, and we didn\u2019t do the stunt until 2am.\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s one of those things that add to these stunts as well. You can rehearse in the nicest environment but when you come to shoot you\u2019ve got a different costume on, it could be two in the morning\u2014you\u2019ve got all these elements that add to the danger; that add to the problems that you may incur by doing this.\r\n\r\nBut obviously that stands out a lot for me being my first stunt, at 23.\r\n\r\nPrince of Persia was my second movie and it was full-on stunts and acrobatics fort five months. Literally every day there was something to do. Dark Knight Rises, I did a 100ft high fall, my first Batman film. And then ended up later on in the movie doing another 85 foot fall out of a window.\r\n\r\nSnow White and the Huntsman: Winter\u2019s War I did a 45 foot high jump onto a rooftop which was at a 40 degree angle. At 45 feet. That was all free, no wires or cables. I\u2019m very proud of it. Originally they wanted to do it with wires but I said, \u201cLook, I reckon we can figure this out\u201d and we did it safely.\r\n\r\nSafety is the most important thing for us, which is why we spend sometimes between 10-12 weeks to rehearse and to break down the script: it\u2019s to break it down safely to make sure that when we come to shoot it on the day, it\u2019s ready, we know exactly what we\u2019re doing, everyone knows what they\u2019re there to do and that\u2019s important to try to eliminate the danger and not have any injuries.\r\n\r\nBut unfortunately, it is a dangerous game and there are injuries and accidents\u2014no-one ever wants that.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIs it a tight knit global community? The stunt performer scene?\r\n\r\nYeah 100%, though it is a small community if you like, a lot of stunt performers know each other; it\u2019s a brotherhood, it really feels like everybody\u2019s out to look after each other, because it is such a dangerous thing and no one wants anyone to get hurt.\r\n\r\nEveryone looks out for each other\u2014looks after each other. And actually in that respect it\u2019s such a small community because when you work on big shows and you work with these people, you generally work with them again on the next big show or wherever you\u2019re taken as a team. I think in the UK we\u2019ve got 500 stunt performers. In the US there\u2019s 15,000. In Australia I think there\u2019s even fewer.\r\n\r\nEveryone is a stunt performer in Australia!\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s what they say in America as well!\r\n\r\nGetting out of bed is dangerous here.\r\n\r\nHaha! Yeah, but you can see the difference between the US and back home in the UK, and that\u2019s why it\u2019s so busy in London. So, performers get to work in London, and get to learn the craft first hand. It works well in London.\r\n\r\nI\u2019m just admiring your sleeve tattoo\u2026 When did you get that done?\r\n\r\nI started that about three years ago, it\u2019s had three different artists work on it. Only because I was having to pay cancellation fees because of work commitments. \u00a3250 each time! Because I\u2019d be working on the Friday night and they\u2019d say, \u201cWe need you to come in tomorrow\u201d. This happened four times, so I ended up getting a friend to fill it in, and it eventually got finished.\r\n\r\nSpeaking of losing 250 pounds, and this is the cheesiest segue I\u2019ve ever used, I\u2019d like to talk a little about your diet and training regime in between films. Obviously you need to be strong to do your job, but what about when you\u2019re doubling for somebody who\u2019s smaller, or significantly larger in real life? Does your weight fluctuate?\r\n\r\nYes. I\u2019m 6\u201d1\u2019 at best. Chris [Hemsworth] is 6\u201d3\u2019, in full costume he\u2019s 6\u201d4\u2019.\u00a0 So I have to wear 2-inch lifts to get to 6\u201d3\u2019, and it feels like I\u2019m doing stunts in high-heels. I\u2019ve had injuries because I\u2019ve been wearing them to the point where Chris has said, \u201cLook man you don\u2019t need to wear them, you\u2019re going to get injured. Just wear them when you need to, and take them out if you\u2019re doing a heavy stunt.\r\n\r\nAnd he\u2019s naturally a bigger guy than me anyway so it\u2019s difficult to double for Chris because there\u2019s a lot of work that goes into it to get anywhere near his size, and I still don\u2019t get there, but I get there close enough for it to work, and that\u2019s what he cares about.\r\n\r\nWith a film like Thor, which is so filled with action and stunts, many people might not realise how much is actually you on screen. Do you know what percentage of the film is actually you that the audience is seeing?\r\n\r\nIt really depends, I mean with Thor, Chris does a hell of a lot himself. Purely one, because he can do it, and he probably does it better than anyone else. Second to that, the way they shoot things is they want the actors to be seen as doing this stuff. Maybe if Chris wasn\u2019t as good at doing what he did then you wouldn\u2019t see him so much. Sometinmes I have to pull him up and say: \u201cLet me do something!\u201d. But on a serious note, the things that are dangerous and the things that are difficult for production companies is they don\u2019t want to risk injuring the actor and not being able to film.\r\n\r\nIt costs them a lot of money, but it also injures an actor that needs to come back to shoot again. So that\u2019s where our place is there, we come in and do the stuff that the majority of the time Chris could do, but it\u2019s not worth risking him getting injured.\r\n\r\nSo we know what our job is and I know what I\u2019m there to do. You know, to be honest, Chris does let me do a fair amount. He trusts me, he trusts the way I move\u2014we\u2019ve worked together for about six years solid, so we\u2019ve got a good trust, we\u2019re like a family now, so yeah. But the man is capable of doing it all himself. He\u2019s a great athlete.\r\n\r\nThe whole [Hemsworth] family. They\u2019re all so talented. And I find that they can do it easily. They\u2019re just really good at what they do.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHas there ever been a stunt you\u2019ve had to say no to? Or one which had to be completely reworked because it was too much of an ask?\r\n\r\nNot to date. There have been stunts where we\u2019ve all though it was a bit hairy, but we\u2019ll break it down. The most important thing for us is being able to talk to our bosses and our coordinators and our team and say, \u201cI\u2019m not comfortable, can we change that\u201d? Best thing about those guys is that of course we can [change it]\u2014let\u2019s change it; let\u2019s make it safer.\r\n\r\nNo-one wants anybody to get hurt and that\u2019s the most important thing\u2014to be able to speak up and if you\u2019ve got a concern you have to voice it. Otherwise, that\u2019s\u2019 how people get hurt.\r\n\r\nSo, there hasn\u2019t been one [I\u2019ve said no to], but there\u2019ve been stunts where I\u2019ve been like, \u201cOh shit, this is a big one\u201d, and the fear quickly turns into adrenaline. It\u2019s hard to explain where I get that buzz from. And I think that\u2019s what keeps me coming back: it\u2019s that buzz.\r\n\r\nFrom memory, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises\u2014that 100 foot high fall was my first on camera and I\u2019m not going to lie, I was shitting myself. But, once I\u2019d done it and got through that bit I was like, \u201cThat\u2019s what I love\u201d\r\n\r\nDo you do horses?\r\n\r\nHate horses. Can\u2019t do horses. I have enough trouble being in control of myself, let alone being controlled by a beast. So I stay away from that\u2014it\u2019s not my game.\r\n\r\nLastly, do you ever get to the pub with your mates afterward and say \u201cYou won\u2019t believe what happened at work today\u201d?\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s so funny, I had a friend come out to LA to see me while we were doing Dark Knight Rises and he knew what I was doing, he\u2019d seen me in Panama but he\u2019d never seen me in costume as Bond or whatever.\r\n\r\nBut he came out to LA and I was in my rehearsal gear, just a tracksuit, and I saw him then had to leave to get into costume. When I walked out I was Batman. I walked past him and said: \u201cSee you in a minute dude\u201d.\r\n\r\nHe was like, \u201cWhat the hell is going on?!\u201d\r\n\r\nBatman, Bond, Thor, Captain America. Those are iconic superheroes that I\u2019ve been\u2013I\u2019ve had the privilege to double, so it\u2019s pretty cool. I\u2019m looking forward to when our little one gets older and I have grandchildren and telling them.\r\n\r\nThe great thing about film stunts is it\u2019s on camera forever. The live shows that I did, I loved them and appreciated them, but after three or four you\u2019re bored of them and you forget it. But if you do a big stunt on film I can go back and be proud of them.\r\n\r\nBobby\u00a0Holland Hanton is a BAND-AID Advanced Healing ambassador. BAND-AID Advanced Healing helps heal faster, reduce pain & decrease chances of scarring.\r\nCheck out Bobby's Instagram\r\nBand-Aid Advanced Healing\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll also like...\r\n\u201cA Bloody Silly Idea\u201d \u2013 Richard Hammond on The Grand Tour\u2019s Second Season\r\nAn Exclusive Interview with Dominic West & The Directors of Jameson First Shot 2017\r\nMeet The Man Behind a Million Lights: An Exclusive Interview with Steve Lieberman\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to\u00a0Man of Many? 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