Interview: stuntman Nick Dimitri.

Picture 37Here’s a piece of an interview with stuntman Nick Dimitri, from an article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, about his work on Sorcerer.

During filming, he tore a knee ligament while being thrown from a car crash at 35 mph in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Not knowing the extent of his injury, he hobbled along with a simple wrap. And this came after he had gotten blown up in Israel while playing a soldier idling outside a bank.

Dimitri controlled the timing of the explosion with a hand-held detonator, and discovered immediately that he had been positioned too close to the mini-bomb.

“My god, it was unbelievable what that felt like,” he recalls from his home in Sarasota. “It was like a monster grabbed me. I was burning up. My face and my hands, they were all swelling up.”

An hour later, director William Friedkin ordered a second take and Dimitri got blown up again — only this time, at a safer distance.

“And the thing is, when you watch the movie and everything gets obliterated, you can’t even tell if it’s the first or second take.”


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