Mad Max and Furiosa in mourning: the science fiction saga lost a stunt legend in an accident – Cinema news

Australian stuntman Grant Page, who worked on the Mad Max saga and more than 100 other films and series, has died. He was 85 years old.

Grant Page died in a car accident at the age of 85. If his name doesn't tell you anything, know that he was an Australian icon of the stunt world.

His son Leroy Page told Daily Mail Australia he hit a tree while driving near his home in Kendall, New South Wales. “He died in a very good mood and was very motivatedLeroy Page told the newspaper. “He was very happy.

A legend of Australian cinema, Grant Page he worked with fellow Oscar winner George Miller on the 1979 action classic Mad Max, which introduced Mel Gibson to the world. A stuntman himself, he also worked as a stunt coordinator on the high-energy post-apocalyptic thriller as well as its 1985 sequel, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which also starred Tina Turner.

For an anecdote, although he went to the set Mad Max, Grant Page had a car accident and broke his leg. He still manages to pull off some of the most impressive stunts in the film, including one where he crashes an Interceptor car through a trailer.

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He found it George Miller about his 2022 film, Three Thousand Years of Waiting for You, as well as his upcoming film Furiosa: The Mad Max Saga, which is set to premiere in Cannes in May.

Master of danger

Born in 1939 in Adelaide, Grant Page years spent training with commandos where he perfected his skills in “Safety first”. He was a master of abseiling and skydiving before he found himself on film sets where his daredevil skills were a huge asset and he never failed to amaze audiences.

His film career began in the mid-1970s when he became a confidant of director Brian Trenchard-Smith. Together they would come up with brilliant tricks for classics such as The Hong Kong Man (1975) – a film said to have influenced Quentin Tarantino – starring Jimmy Wang Yu and former James Bond actor George Lazenby.

The stuntman went on to work on dozens of other projects, including the 1978 mockumentary Stunt Rock, in which he played himself, and the cult horror film Death Ship (1980) – all after jumping backwards off a 25-metre cliff while burning in Mad Doug Morgan (1976) for Dennis Hopper's nightmare sequence.

He was also the focus of the 2008 documentary Not Quite Hollywood, written and directed by Mark Hartley, about the Australian New Wave of the 1970s and low-budget films of the 1980s. Tarantino, Miller, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dennis Hopper were also part of the project. In the movie, Brian Trenchard Smith this is how Fr Grant Page As “guys you hire to dodge cars, drive down a burning cliff, jump into water and fight a shark.

He was also famous for his failed stunt attempt on The Don Lane Show in 1977, during which he attempted to jump over a moving car – which he eventually performed on the same show in 1983.

Documentary Dangerfreaks (1987) by Trenchard-Smith was also about him and his legendary stunt career.

“Heroic in every sense of the word”

For Grant Pagethe point of stunts is to make them as dangerous as possible and make sure they don't”: this is what he stated on The Movie Show (SBS) in 2002.

In 2016, the year of the release of the films Gods Of Egypt, with Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Mechanic: Resurrection, with Jason Statham, Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones, two projects on which he notably worked, Grant Page he won a Screen NSW award with his first Screen NSW award, which he received from his friend George Miller who then stated:

Working under fierce and extraordinary circumstances on the first Mad Max, I discovered the caliber of Grant Page. A masterful and innovative stuntman, he has a deep and elegant intelligence. He taught me a lot about film, but even more about life. Inspirations that have supported me ever since. Grant is a hero in every sense of the word.

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