Think you’ve got what it takes to make it in Hollywood?
You gotta be tough these days — and I’m not just talking emotionally. The newest type of talent to rise from the ranks is a ‘crossover’ performer who can take a punch and deliver a line on cue.
Meet Actor and Stuntman Chris Gann.
You’ve been watching him for years as a stunt double for some of the biggest names in the business. Now, he’s getting more opportunities to show off his acting chops – his latest role opposite YouTuber Kian Lawley in the new horror film “The Chosen.” Later this fall, he’ll also make an appearance in the new Sharon Stone drama “Agent X.”
I recently interviewed Chris Gann to find out more about his dual career path.
Give us an overview of your role in the new film “The Chosen.”
CHRIS: I play Kian’s Uncle. Uncle Joey, an ex-Marine who finds himself a faltering father figure to his nephew (Lawley). My character is a deadbeat living off the system and sharing a house with his sisters family. Joey does not have a lot of redeeming qualities, but he has a peculiar sense of humor which makes him interesting to watch.
What was it like working on a horror film?
CHRIS: HA HA, Horror films (and TV shows) are tough to work on. There is a lot of fake blood, stunts, violence, special effects, and sometimes prosthetics. When you combine all these things into a shoot, the days are long and sticky! This is the 5th or 6th horror project I have been on, and they all have these things in common. When the project is done though, it usually looks great, and it’s rewarding when you hear the crowd scream!
Any scary stories from the set you can share?
CHRIS: Instead of scary, let’s substitute the word funny. I worked with Kian a lot. We had a ton of scenes together. It got to the point where my goal was to make him either laugh or trip up at least once in every scene. There was one in particular where he had to deliver a ton of dialog while lying on the ground next to a dead body, and then get up and run away. On one take I did the old tie his shoe laces together trick, and when he got up and tried to take off:you can imagine what happened. (Welcome to show biz Kian!)
You’ll also be appearing in Sharon Stone’s new TV series, “Agent X” – what can you tell us?
CHRIS: This is going to be a great show! A great cast lead by Sharon and Jeff Hephner. Bond fans will love James character. That’s all I can really say at this point., I have been sworn to secrecy.
What inspired you to be a stuntman and then an actor?
CHRIS: I used to be a professional Jet Skiier (yes, there is such a thing) back in High school and college. I was lucky enough to race around the word. I quit racing to become an analyst on ESPN and Prime Network covering the jet ski races. When that well ran dry, I was out of work and looking for something. A close friend of mine hooked me up with an audition for the Waterworld show at Universal studio’s in Hollywood. Working there for a while and being surrounded by great stunt men and actors. I realized this is the industry I wanted to be in. I love the physicality of stunts and the creativeness of acting. Fast forward to today, I have as much passion for this crazy biz as the day I started this journey!
We must know — what’s the craziest stunt you’ve ever done?
CHRIS: AHH, The most commonly asked question I get. Go back and the movie XXX with Vin Diesel and Samuel Jackson. I played the role of TJ (I rolled the bald head for that one) I along with Vin and another actor were thrown out of a taxiing military plane. When they tested the stunt with dummies, body parts flew everywhere and covered the runway! Then it was our turn. That one beat us up pretty good, but we made out a lot better than the dummies did!
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
CHRIS: If you are a Kian fan, I think you will love this film. He worked hard a did a great job. We kicked the sh** out each other, had a great time, and put out a great product.
Thanks, Chris — keep taking punches and we’ll keep watching!