Playing an X-men at Hollywood Stunts in New York
Last month, all the editors at the Features Central section of The Star were asked to choose a superhero name to accompany our byline in the glory box on page 2 of StarTwo. I chose Spice Boy.
A few weeks later, I actually got a feel of what it would be like to be a superhero (kinda!) at Hollywood Stunts in Brooklyn, New York!
If you’ve been following my blog, you would know by now that I was in New York a few weeks back courtesy of Hotmail to accompany other bloggers and the winners of the X-Men: First Class competition. Those of us who were given the opportunity to enjoy the trip were (from left to right in the picture above): Nicole, myself, Nicholas (on his knee), Mark, Georgina, Pinny, Esther and Golf.
The prize, besides a return flight to New York and an amazing three night stay at the Sofitel New York, was a visit to the Hollywood Stunts studios, the people behind the stunts in the X-Men movie.
We were too early, so we took the opportunity to pose for some shots. The area around the studio looked pretty deserted, and we know these places are great for shots. Shame we can’t say the same for the people in the pictures though! We took many such shots; I think the camwhoring habits of the three bloggers on the trip – Nicole, Pinny and myself – rubbed off on the rest because there were A LOT of pictures taken.
When we went into the studio, there was another group of people doing some stunts, so we just hung around.
Nicole, who is a popular DJ from Singapore (she was even spinning in a club in New York the night before out visit) rested on the director’s chair (she was probably tired from the late night!). It was the perfect seat for her – after all, that evening, she was going to shoot her music video in the hotel room itself. But she didn’t ask me to be in it (boo hoo hoo), she did ask Nicholas though but I guess he’s the full time actor. 😛
I was getting restless waiting too so I started going around taking pictures of myself. When I went behind this counter, they all teased me saying that I worked at the place and was selling merchandise. So I picked up a handful of pens and started trying to, umm, “sell” them. “One tolla! One tolla!” I think someone’s got a video somewhere!
But soon, it was our turn and Bob, who owns Hollywood Studios, welcomed us and briefed us on what we would be doing for the whole day.
I’m not going to give too much away about what he said – I made a video of our experience that you can watch at the end of this post. All I’ll say is that there were a lot of jumping! Oh, and a matter of 20-30 feet above the ground from the platform where Keith is standing on in the picture below.
By the end of the day, we were all knackered but still had a great time. We also took the opportunity to celebrate Mark’s birthday but we didn’t have access to a proper cake so we managed only to get a slice … without a candle. Good thing my iPhone has that lighter application so we could fake it. The birthday boy looks rather happy, no?
Before we left, we took the opportunity to, er, camwhore again and got the stunters in the shot with us. The kind folk at Hotmail were kind enough to frame up a certificate for us each declaring us as mutants (from having been able to do the stunts) so we were quite excited about it. After we took this photo, we took easily 20 more outside with the certificates!
Anyway, here is the video!
Thanks Hotmail! 😀
8.30am Malaysian time (+8 GMT)