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Robert Nagle Is at the Top of the Stunt Driving Game

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Robert Nagle Is at the Top of the Stunt Driving Game

Robert Nagle is one of the industry’s most sought-after stunt drivers, having contributed to such films as “Drive” and “Fast & Furious 6.” His work can be seen next in “The Lone Ranger” and “Prisoners.”

What’s the most difficult stunt you’ve had to pull off?
In “Public Enemies” we did a running gun battle. At the end, the car slides off the road and flips over. Darrin Prescott, the stunt coordinator, and I had to come up with a way to do that without any special effects—meaning there’s often a cannon to send the car flipping over, and we couldn’t use that. I had to utilize the car and the terrain to get it to turn over and make it look real. There’s a lot of precision involved in that.

The SAG Awards recently added a category recognizing stunt people. How did you feel about that?
I think it’s great. We’re a big part of the Screen Actors Guild, and we help put the action in the films, and it complements what the actors do. We work alongside them very often. So I’m happy to see it come along.

Is there anything you wouldn’t do for a stunt?
Not as of yet, no. I’m always up for a challenge. And I’ve been very fortunate in that the only injury I’ve had so far is a broken thumb. When people call our stunts “crazy,” I say I wouldn’t call it crazy, I call it precarious. We don’t do crazy; we just make it look crazy.

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