Ever since “Raiders of the Misplaced Ark,” the place Harrison Ford raced an actual 300 pound boulder and practically had his knee shattered by a flying wing, the veteran star has been performing his personal stunts. Even with 2023’s “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future,” Ford cursed out the stunt crew for daring to help him with the bodily facets of the function. So, when Shia LaBeouf arrived to begin capturing “Crystal Cranium,” he had rather a lot to stay as much as.
Fortunately, it appears the then 20-year-old was totally dedicated to doing his elder proud, coaching for six weeks simply to have the ability to drive a bike for the chase scene. As stunt coordinator Gary Powell defined in a making-of featurette (through Insider), the coaching started with a smaller bike earlier than LaBeouf graduated to the full-size 600-pound Harley. Powell mentioned, “It is a very heavy bike, so even in case you get off-balance, typically you are going to the ground as a result of it is simply so heavy.” Nonetheless, weight wasn’t the one problem LaBeouf must take care of when capturing.
With Ford being the type of dedicated stunt performer he’s, the precise scene proved to be even more durable than anticipated for LaBeouf, as he needed to shoot the entire thing together with his co-star flailing round on the again of the bike. The “Transformers” star recalled his struggles, saying:
“The bike was powerful, solely as a result of when you’ve got any individual transferring on the again of a motorbike, it’s extremely completely different than simply having somebody maintain you on the bike. However we’re capturing a film and Harrison has to animate his character. And we’re on a motorbike by quite a lot of it, so quite a lot of it’s the motion. All that stuff was fairly powerful.”