Legendary Stunt Coordinator Vic Armstrong is no stranger to practical effects. Having done stunts on a few James Bond films, the original Superman movies, and the first three Indiana Jones movies – let’s just say he knows a thing or two.
Armstrong has recently worked as the Second Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator on The Amazing Spider-Man and he spoke with Flixist.com about his work with the new Spidey flick and how it differs from the Raimi trilogy.
“They came to me and my brother [Andy], who’s working on it as well as another stunt coordinator, and said, ‘Look, we want to try and make it more about physical flying than computerized flying,’ and Andy and I had been talking about that anyway, and we said absolutely, that’s how we’re going to do it.”
Then he creates one of the best comparisons we can think of, “We sort of equated it with Tarzan, if you like: Tarzan would grab one vine, fly diagonally away from it, sweeping down which gives him the momentum, and then at the height he would change to another vine when he’s weightless and sweep down in another direction. That propels him along.”
A quote from his memoir The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman offers a glimpse into what he seems to have really taken to heart with Spider-man, “a good analogy for CGI would be morphine — morphine is an incredible drug if you use it for what it was intended for, used sparingly, in the right amounts. But when it’s used too much, you get addicted and it’s a killer. And that’s exactly what CGI is. More movies have been killed by CG than have been helped by it.”
If we weren’t already excited about the action sequences from the trailer, these quotes would offer us solace.
The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3rd.