"Back in the old days we saw an act they call the Coffin of Death, where a stuntman would blow up the coffin he was lying in. And we came up with the Russian Dynamite Death Chair after I picked up a magazine in a motel in Idaho that told how the White Russians would get rid of a political undesirable: they would invite him to dinner and actually blow him up while he was sitting there. I thought that was kind of neat, and wondered how we could recreate it so that someone could actually walk away from it. Then one guy, kind of a drifter, showed up in the early '50s and said, "I know how to do this stunt. I won't do it, but I'll tell you how." He told me what he knew and I thought about it over the years and finally tried it. I lost an eardrum on that one because I didn't have it quite right. So, you know, you learn and sometimes your learning is costly."
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