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Tony Hawk Acquired Canned as David Spade’s Stunt Double

Tony Hawk Acquired Canned as David Spade’s Stunt Double


What’s the one factor extra humiliating than Tony Hawk getting employed as David Spade’s stunt double? That might be getting fired as David Spade’s stunt double. And the one factor extra humiliating than that? How about getting fired as David Spade’s stunt double on Police Academy 4? (For the document, Spade claims Police Academy 4 is “the nice one.”) 

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Touchdown a job as a punk-ass skater child within the fourth Police Academy film (there have been eight, someway) was a coup for 21-year-old Spade, he confessed on the Fly on the Wall podcast. Spade was new on the town, simply beginning units at The Improv when he was requested to learn for the function. (Rumor had it that he knew his method round a skateboard.) Fortunate for Spade, the script wasn’t prepared so that they requested “the smart-ass child” to improvise a couple of strains. “I simply began making up stuff and it was so fortunate,” says Spade. “I wasn’t actor.”

Spade was forged as one of many leaders of a misfit skater gang alongside Quick Instances at Ridgemont Excessive’s Brian Backer. One of many “actors” Spade beat out for the half? Unknown Tony Hawk and different members of the legendary skate staff Bones Brigade. “All of us learn for that half,” Hawk says on the podcast however the Police Academy producers weren’t impressed. “They’re like, ‘you guys are usually not actors however we’ll think about you within the gang.’” 

Hawk was tabbed as Spade’s stunt double, partially as a result of they each skated goofy (skater-speak for skating with the fitting foot ahead on the board). However whereas the toes matched, the remainder of the physique didn’t — the still-young Hawk went by means of a progress spurt after casting, making the 6’3” skater an unlikely doppelganger for the 5’7” Spade. Crew members instructed Hawk to crouch down and keep low, however the distinction ultimately grew to become too apparent to miss. “I used to be making an attempt,” mentioned Hawk, “after which they quietly despatched me house. Mainly, I obtained fired.”

Chris Miller, the substitute stunt double, appeared extra like Spade however didn’t skate goofy, making the skate sequences a completely completely different type of goofy. “He’s common footed,” says Hawk, “so within the skate sequences, (Spade’s) stance retains altering.”

Regardless of professional skaters filling in for Spade through the tougher sequences, Hawk compliments the comedian on his prowess. “I may skate,” brags Spade earlier than sharing a narrative that implies in any other case. 

Spade and his fellow actors had been filming a scene the place the renegade gang trick-rides their method by means of metropolis streets and parking ramps miraculously devoid of vehicles. The director requested the semi-proficient Spade if he may leap down a set of steps. “What’s it, 5 steps?” requested Spade. “I can do 5 steps.”

Effectively, Spade guesstimated, possibly he may handle it seven instances out of ten. However with the forged and crew watching and the cameras rolling? The strain turned out to be an excessive amount of. As chief of the group, Spade was on the head of the road dashing towards the steps “and I fucking wipe out and everybody has to wipe out on high of me” for the reason that different skaters had been solely two toes behind. Fortunately, Hawk had but to be fired at this level within the filming, giving the director an alternative choice to Spade’s board bumbling: “Simply have Tony do it.”



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