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David R. Ellis

David R. Ellis

Birthday: 8 September 1952, Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth Name: David Richard Ellis
Height: 188 cm

Began as child actor in Kurt Russell-Disney Films in 1974. Made the switch to the Stunt world following a successful career as a junior pro surfer. Born, bred, and continues to reside in Malibu. Many, ...Show More

David R. Ellis
We're talking to New Line. They've got a couple projects they're interested in me doing and I'm havi Show more We're talking to New Line. They've got a couple projects they're interested in me doing and I'm having meetings at MGM. There's a lot of available projects. Hide
Its pretty rare for companies to have a snooping policy, although it is getting more common. Its pretty rare for companies to have a snooping policy, although it is getting more common.
Unless you go out and say what you stand for, other people will do it for you. Unless you go out and say what you stand for, other people will do it for you.
Chris Columbus was really interesting to watch how he works with children. Chris Columbus was really interesting to watch how he works with children.
You don't get a chance to take a breath but when you do, you have some really good comedy moments th Show more You don't get a chance to take a breath but when you do, you have some really good comedy moments that ease up on the tension that the movie is centered around which is Kim being kidnapped and her son and husband being kidnapped and the jeopardy that they're in. Hide
I felt that if there wasn't going to be a good opportunity, then I would just go back to second unit Show more I felt that if there wasn't going to be a good opportunity, then I would just go back to second units which I love, keep working with great directors, keep learning and knowing that the opportunity would come when the time was right. Hide
It's just about going out and getting the shot, so I have a great understanding of how to execute it Show more It's just about going out and getting the shot, so I have a great understanding of how to execute it, so that really helps me, and also having a good understanding of all the action that I'm shooting, it helps me in determining how I'm going to capture it. Hide
I mean, you have a general tone of it but it's pretty much you get to come in and you're going to fl Show more I mean, you have a general tone of it but it's pretty much you get to come in and you're going to flip this car and it's going to blow up and you're going to come out on fire and you go oh, that's cool, and then you get paid a lot of money. Hide
It was great. I mean, it's a blast directing underwater stuff. It was great. I mean, it's a blast directing underwater stuff.
I think my biggest break though came probably on Patriot Games because it was the biggest, longest s Show more I think my biggest break though came probably on Patriot Games because it was the biggest, longest second unit up to that point. It was like five months of shooting and a huge crew. Hide
Waterworld was the best time of my life. It was physically demanding, but it was fun. I mean, you're Show more Waterworld was the best time of my life. It was physically demanding, but it was fun. I mean, you're in Hawaii for nine months shooting on the water every day. Hide
No, we always had something to do because I did all the wave runners and jet skis and boats approach Show more No, we always had something to do because I did all the wave runners and jet skis and boats approaching the atolls and stuff like that, so you could do that without showing the actual atoll or the set that you're going towards, but detailing all those guys racing towards it. Hide
Yeah, getting the company that would help advertise and cross promote the movie on the release was a Show more Yeah, getting the company that would help advertise and cross promote the movie on the release was an important factor for New Line, so we went out to a lot of different companies. Hide
So there was always a stunt coordinator on those films that was from Stunts Unlimited and I was just Show more So there was always a stunt coordinator on those films that was from Stunts Unlimited and I was just one of the young warriors from Stunts Unlimited that got to be a part of it because it was a big show and they needed a lot of guys. Hide
So then I started doing a lot of episodic TV, just car chases or helicopter chases or whatever. So then I started doing a lot of episodic TV, just car chases or helicopter chases or whatever.
Fourth Law of Thermodynamics: If the probability of success is not almost one, then it is damn near Show more Fourth Law of Thermodynamics: If the probability of success is not almost one, then it is damn near zero. Hide
Comedy. I think that's something I'd really like to do. Comedy. I think that's something I'd really like to do.
No, in Lethal Weapon I was a taxi cab driver that Mel jumps in front of the taxi and pulls me out of Show more No, in Lethal Weapon I was a taxi cab driver that Mel jumps in front of the taxi and pulls me out of the car and steals the taxi. Then I did some other indie driving for some of the car sequences. Hide
You have to understand the tone of the movie, because if it's supposed to be funny, it can be funny Show more You have to understand the tone of the movie, because if it's supposed to be funny, it can be funny violent like the Home Alone stuff, but you have to really understand the tone of what you're doing and make the action work for that and for the character. Hide
They had some really cool rigged cars and things that were different that they would tow behind the Show more They had some really cool rigged cars and things that were different that they would tow behind the camera car that were actually on these trailers that manipulated side to side and stuff like they were getting hit, and actually put the actor right in the middle of the chase. Hide
I like Soderbergh, Spielberg, Lucas. There's a lot of talented guys out there obviously, and if you' Show more I like Soderbergh, Spielberg, Lucas. There's a lot of talented guys out there obviously, and if you're a fan of films, you have to look at that stuff and learn from them. Hide
They do think it is a big summer movie and that's why they want to give it a great chance, but they Show more They do think it is a big summer movie and that's why they want to give it a great chance, but they don't want to go up against Spider-Man 2 or some of the other big movies, the $100 million films that are coming up. Hide
I jumped 18 cars on a motorcycle, so I did almost everything. I jumped 18 cars on a motorcycle, so I did almost everything.
Well, I think on second units it's all about execution. Because you come in there, you don't have to Show more Well, I think on second units it's all about execution. Because you come in there, you don't have to worry so much about the studio and all the other actors and all that. Hide
David R. Ellis's FILMOGRAPHY
All as Actor (6) as Director (6)
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