MOST Magazine Fitness APR-MAY'15 ISSUE NO.1 - Page 88

FMM: It took you four years to become a stunt double-that takes a great amount of dedication, did you ever waiver from it or did you know it was a worthwhile effort and something you truly wanted to do? BHH: It can take longer in some cases, but it is roughly four years across the board with hard work. Once I decided that’s what I wanted to do, then yes I went for it. I worked in live shows to get enough money to then go and train with it to get my stunt qualifications. Once I was focused that’s all I wanted to do. FMM: You started out as a gymnast-do you ever miss it? What was the most challenging aspect of being a gymnast and competing? BHH: In some ways I miss gymnastics yes. It was my life from the age of 4 until I was 17 and it was 5-6 days a week, 4-5 hours per session, so I don’t miss that side of it! I didn’t have any time to do anything else. The most challenging thing for me especially in my later years in gymnastics and competing was the fact I was 6ft tall at the age of 16 and for a gymnast that’s the last thing you want is to be tall; so much harder to control your center of gravity! So I suffered competing because of it as my levers were much longer than most. was similar to the SAS swimming test I think. It was a lot of breath holding after a lot of laps-an assault course under water, swimming with clothes on, etc. It was full on for an hour for the test, but I got through it and was very happy with my achievement as I took 6 months out of work to swim every day to pass it! FMM: Who was the coolest or most fun celebrity you have worked alongside thus far? BHH: I have been lucky enough to work with some great actors so far in my career! But I’d say the stand out is Chris Hemsworth; he is amazing, and as I am now in his contract I do everything with him and he’s a great friend and a great professional. He’s brilliant to work with and he really looks after me, so it’s great to work with someone closely who is also such a nice humble and down to earth guy. Channing Tatum is brilliant, and I loved working with him and we got along great. Also, Christian Bale on Batman was a true professional and an honor to work with. FMM: When did you ever feel afraid or nervous during a shoot or stunt? BHH: To be honest a lot of stunts I do I have nerves at the beginning as it’s the unknown but that soon turns into an adrenaline rush and a buzz that’s hard to explain. I think that’s why I love what I do and keep coming back for more. FMM: What was the most difficult skill to qualify for during your training? BHH: The most difficult I’d say was swimming for me!! They had just recently at the time changed the test and made it much more difficult, and it 88 || FMM: You were a semi-pro footballer, did you ever have aspirations to be a full-time pro player? What team do you support and cheer for? BHH: Yeah my football career started very late as gymnastics was my life until I retired at 17 so by the time I focused on football and gave it my all it was just a bit too late. As the standard of football as most will know is so high these days, you have to be committed from a very young age! But I did love my football and miss it a lot. I follow Arsenal and Roma. FMM: Describe for MOST what was the most fun movie or project you have worked on so far? BHH: The stand out for me was my first ever movie Bond Quantum of Solace stunt doubling Daniel Craig. It was such a huge opportunity; I was only >>> FITNESS M A G A Z I N E || APRIL / MAY 2015