Here on Then Is Now, we strive to discuss pop culture of the past (THEN) and how it relates to the present (NOW). Today’s episode is the perfect example of that! On September 8, 1974, daredevil Evel Knievel attempted to leap the mile-wide chasm of the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho, on his specially engineered rocket motorcycle. His parachute malfunctioned and opened on take-off, causing the rocket to float to the bottom of the canyon, landing on the riverbank directly below his launch ramp (If he’d gone into the river, his safety harness probably would have drowned him).
Over 40 years later, a highly talented and prolific stuntman, Eddie Braun, who idolized Kneivel ever since he was a kid, attempted to re-create the launch over the Canyon and finish what the legendary stunt rider had started. Eddie’s amazing story has been chronicled in a documentary that airs on Disney+ July 23rd of this year, 2021, and we had the good fortune to have him on the show!
We go deep behind the scenes into the life of a stuntman, and Eddie tells some great stories about his career in Hollywood and what exactly stuntmen do! In almost every movie and TV show we see a stuntman, yet at the same time, we don’t! This is one interview you won’t want to miss!
Eddie can be found at:
STUNTMAN on Disney+: https://whatsondisneyplus.com/tag/stuntman/
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