What Stuntmen Go Through Before Being Set On Fire

Being a stuntman is not just as simple as being brave. Professional stunt people must have very athletic backgrounds (usually with a history of gymnastics practice)-and that's even before taking all the steps to become one. It's an extremely demanding and dangerous gig that usually runs in the family, so it's already hard to break into. There are stunt schools you can attend, and you must also join the Screen Actor's Guild (which is notoriously tough). One of the most popular stunts is one of the most dangerous as well: getting set on fire. To do this, the stunt person must wear several layers of protective clothing (gloves included), a hood with an oxygen tank, and must be doused in two types of gel that contain the fire and prevent the flames from burning your skin.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. An estimated 20 stuntmen have died in the line of duty between 1959 and 2015. 01:02

  2. Most professional stuntmen were once gymnasts. 01:32

  3. Stuntmen fall under the same union as regular actors. 04:33

Written by Curiosity Staff January 27, 2016

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