Stuntman Spotlight: Tom McComas
Taking Motorcycle Stunts to a New Level
Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Stunt Stories, we have made it our mission to highlight the amazing men and women that bring Hollywood stunts to life and risk their lives with every performance in order to bring entertainment to the masses. Inherently, stunt work is dangerous. Leaping through the air in a vehicle, no matter how well planned, carries an innate risk with it; doing the same thing on a motorcycle is even riskier. With no other external factors at play, driving a motorcycle is dangerous. Where cars, trucks, and SUVs provide a little bit of protection to stunt performers, motorcycles leave these brave men and women completely exposed. In today’s post, we are going to go over one of our favorite motorcycle stuntmen, Tom McComas, his achievements, and why we think he is a worthy addition to the stunt stories family. Keep reading below to learn more.
What if Your Job Involved Crashing on Purpose?
When most people think of riding a motorcycle, the last thing they want to do is to crash it. Everyone knows of a horror story where a motorcyclist has been gravely injured and, for the most part, people go to great lengths to make sure they are as protected as possible when riding. While Tom McComas is no different when it comes to motorcycle safety, his job requires that he takes risks on a bike that most people would consider insane. While CGI has come a long way in Hollywood, nothing beats the reality that comes with a stunt performer actually completing a real-life stunt. After road racing for six years, Tom McComas found that he was better at crashing his motorcycle than actually winning races. Working on many production sets including Sons of Anarchy, The Dark Knight, Fast Five, Gangster Squad and Top Gear USA, Tom McComas has, for the past 15 years, made a name for himself as one of the most talented motorcycle stuntmen that there is.
What Makes Tom McComas Unique?
If you ask most people involved in the world of stunt driving, becoming a motorcycle stuntman is one of the most dangerous paths to take. The level of skill and precision necessary to become a successful motorcycle stuntman leave no room for error. Even a small mistake that seems like no big deal at the time is enough to cause serious injury or, in a worst case scenario, death. Also, as McComas is quick to point out, few people in show business really know bikes. This leads to them writing in motorcycle stunts into movies with only a basic knowledge of how the stunt will be pulled off. What’s more, the surfaces of roads in movies are typically given a quick rinse down from a water truck in order to make the surfaces more appealing on camera. As any motorcyclist can tell you, wet roads and motorcycles are not something that should go together, leading to a scenario where a stunt that is difficult to perform anyway truly becomes a life or death situation. Only through an amazing amount of skill and technical ability are motorcycle stuntmen able to perform their stunts in a safe way. While we don’t want to say that Tom McComas has perfected the art of motorcycle stunt work, he has come about as close as is humanly possible.
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