OFFROAD with Hollywood Stuntman JEFF JENSEN! – FMV380

Fireball hooks up with #Hollywood #Stuntman and Director JEFF JENSEN for some insane offroad fun in a Polaris Razor! SHARE Today’s Vlog!

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‘5MINUTE DRIVE’ featuring Hollywood Stuntman, Jeff Jensen!

Malibu is full of cool Hollywood Peeps, and it’s my job to find ’em, stick ’em in a cool car and go for a spin. This week, Hollywood Stuntman Jeff Jensen in a 2013 Malibu ECO. “Fall down, pick up Check.”

Hollywood Stuntman Jeff Jensen is SERIOUS…

My buddy, Jeff Jensen (Hollywood Stuntman) is a very serious guy. Not only has he done stunts for major Hollywood films and doubled just about every major action actor, but he doesn’t leave it up to Hollywood to create a serious stunt.

After 17 surgeries to his knee, Jeff still heads to Pikes Peak every year to go at it with the young gun riders. But regardless of how good you are,  you don’t know what it’s like to ride serious until you’ve fallen… seriously. So, that’s where Jeff comes in. He shows those young whipper snappers just what it means to take a fall and get back up.

Mr. Jensen was heading up Pikes Peak at full tilt during the race. And special thanks to those that laid down Magnesium Sulphate on the road to ease the dust, this sent Jeff into a body bounce, being flipped from his BMW machine and coming straight down with a crash. Now, most people after they take a fall and break something like their collar bone… in 3 places, call for the ambulance. But Jeff? Not even… he got back on that bike and rode the 6 miles down the mountain, all the while hearing his collar “bones” clicking.

So now, JJ has a titanium pin set in his collar bone, and, he’s only 3 weeks away from riding again. Doh! (Last year, he rode Pike Peak with a broken leg!) As I said, this dood is serious. Even his buddy, Harrison Ford,  is telling him to lay off and just do a movie…

Jeff Jensen. Stuntman. Half man, half robot. All guts…

More on Jeff HERE…

Today’s 5MD Episode gets me PUNCHED IN THE FACE! #ChevyMalibu @Chevrolet #Malibu #HollywoodStuntman #Stunt #JeffJensen

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Ride of the Week: Cruising along PCH with Hollywood’s Kirk Taylor

It seems that nowadays, people want to tell their stories more often. Or maybe it’s just that, thanks to the web, they now can in a variety of ways. 

Long before Jerry Seinfeld’s car show, I did a thing called 5Minute Drive where I took celebs for drives in cool cars and got their stories. It was fun, unique and in-depth. And now, there are a multitude of shows online that are doing it.

So, it’s time to evolve.

When actor Kirk Taylor’s people reached out to me to do a Vlog episode about Taylor and an article here, I jumped as I always do. It’s fun to meet new creative people who are making a difference. So, we got together and this is how it went.

Taylor has been an actor for a long time and he’s been fortunate to have worked with some amazing people over the years. His first story involved Charles Bronson, where he played a heavy opposite to the massive gun toting vigilante in “Death Wish 3.” Bronson pushed him to get intense, resulting in a rifle-powered pistol blowing a Hollywood hole on Taylor. He was fine, but the leather jacket he was wearing was blown to smithereens.

“It nearly made me sick when I looked at what had become of the jacket,” mentioned Taylor. 

As we drove his 2017 Kia Niro up PCH, the last thing on our mind was stopping for gas, as it got 51 miles per gallon. So, we kept moving. 

Next up was an audition for Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket.” He told a hysterical story about getting shot in the rump that, although very funny, is not appropriate for this article so you’ll have to watch my Vlog, Episode 893. Yes, he got the job. 

Taylor’s stints as an actor also included the cult hit, “The Last Dragon” in which he was pulled from an extra to a fighting roll as one of Sho’nuff’s henchmen. Yes, that was the bad guy’s name: Sho’nuff. 

But nowadays, Taylor is doing a combination of acting, teaching acting and music — all of which landed him a roll opposite Chaka Khan in the upcoming musical film “Revival,” out this Easter. 

I got the sense that Taylor was a kind, gentle soul in the mix of Hollywood’s violent realm from the past. The same goes for most of my friends who are stuntmen to Hollywood’s elite, including Jeff Jensen, Stuart Wilson, Simon Rhee and many others. 

The tough, bad guys in film are always the kindest people I’ve ever met. And maybe it’s because they love cars, eh? 

Regardless, pretty sure that Taylor is still driving that 2017 Kia and hasn’t visited a gas station in the last two weeks or more. Times are a changin’ and gas stations may become a thing of the past. Will millennials not know what it’s like to fill ’er up? 

Big thanks to Taylor for hanging out with me and cruising Malibu’s scenic PCH. We hit Latigo for some beach time and had a blast. If you’re an agent or in PR, send me your celeb peeps and we’ll do the same.

And be on the lookout for Taylor in his upcoming film, where he sings a solid tune. Sho’nuff.

Want to be featured in Ride of the Week? Send Fireball an email at askfireball@fireballtim.com.

Next week on the VLOG… Bad Guy, Villain, Acclaimed Actor PATRICK KILPATRICK

With a name like Patrick Kilpatrick, it seems just by adding one letter more… KILLPATRICK, it would explain in detail what this guy does.

Patrick dies… for a living. As an actor in so many films that I stopped counting, and a face that you’d recognize from just about every action film I can remember, it’s with great pleasure and gratitude that I welcome him to the Vlog World next week. We’ll be driving his Jag up PCH here in the Bu as we have so many times with others like Tony Dow and Jonathan Banks.

And as it seems to be a running trend with me nowadays that I’ve become friends with some of Hollywood’s elite Fall Guys (Jeff Jensen, Stuart Wilson, Simon Rhee, Diane Petersen and more…) it makes sense to drive with Patrick and talk dying. As they say in the world of stunts… “Fall down, pick up check.”

Plus, Pat’s got a new book out. Pick up a copy and you’ll see what I’m talkin’ about.

Stay tuned to the Vlog and don’t forget to pick up a copy of our new Hollywood-Inspired SHARKS Coloring Book!

 

CHEVY MALIBU ECO lands at the Fireball Pad!

Who! 37mpg! This is not what I expected from the Malibu when it landed here. I didn’t expect it to be comfortable like a Caddy or Sporty like the Camaro… or with a trunk that fit all my 8 bags of Trader Joe’s gobbly gook. Oh, did I mention I had beach chairs, bag of dog food back there, too? And still, with room left over?

Today! Filming an all new 5MINUTE DRIVE with legendary Stuntman, Jeff Jensen! Check out his insane list of credits. We’re gonna jump that Malibu over the Malibu Lagoon!

Ok, maybe not. But Jeff’s busted his knee 18 times, so that’ll be fun to talk about…

Malibu Weekend of CARS… and Bikes.

As always, up in town on Sundays is a veritable feast of show and shine at the Cross Creek Center. Just doods and doodettes having Joe and bringin’ cool stuff. And since it was my Birthday, we headed up before the Birthday Bash to see some great rides. Even hung for a bit with Stuntman and buddy Jeff Jensen. Got to see his Custom built BMW Bike, plus a few ol’ skool Alfas… Check it…

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A day for the BOOKS…

dvd-high-speedWoke up about 5am to the sounds of sirens coming up my street. Plopped themselves right next door at friend, Jeff Jensen’s house. You know Jeff? We interviewed him on THCS months ago. Remember his story about being a Stuntman/Director  for the last 30 years? “Fall down, pick up check.” Well, after 17 surgerys on his know, he broke his own record. Now it’s 18. Poor guy, he was in severe pain.

After helping the paramedics with getting him down 3 fleights of stairs, we loaded him into the ambulance. This guy is tough, but breaking a femur is serious, and he did a great job. They took good care of him. For support, send you wishes to THCS blog posts and we’ll forward them on to him.

In the afternoon, I had lunch with my Pop and his buddy, Harold Gould. Who’s Harold Gould? Old time actor with a credit list a mile long. Funny guy. Then, I was off to give a Seminar at Ventura College.

Big thanks to Barbara Harvey for setting up the Seminar with the students. They were awesome.

Startin’ off with a BANG…

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Movie Premieres are always a dicey thing. Especially when you head out for an hour’s drive through the worst traffic possible, only to be disappointed. But, in this case, I had a chance to see a new film that really was spectacular. Jeff Jensen’s “THE FIRST, LAST RACE” was an extremely well made documentary about one man’s challenge to overcome the false thoughts of age, physical pain and a grueling challenge to prove an inner strength, inspiring all those that watched.

Jeff was on our show a few months back, talking about the making of THE FIRST, LAST RACE and we had a great time with the interview. But the sheer challenge of what he went through wasn’t clear until I saw the film last night. Jeff rode a new Ducati over 1400 miles from California to Colorado to enter The Pike’s Peak Race. The second oldest race in the country. Did the race, coming in 9th, then rode the bike all the way home. All this, with a broken leg, at 50 years old and a host of Stuntman pain related issues.(Knee surgery 17 times!) Not to mention he wrote, directed and co-edited the dang thing…

His career is extensive along with his friend’s, Paul Lane. (Pictured here with his wife, Julie) Kathie and I had a fantastic time at the screening, once again proving that true film making is about people overcoming incredible challenges.

The film will enter festivals and hopefully get distribution. Nice job, Jeff. …You inspired us all.

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