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Nelson Bay stuntman Jimmy Davies fulfils Mad life-long dream on Furiosa set

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With Ryan Gosling’s latest Hollywood blockbuster, The Fall Guy, shining a spotlight on stunt performers, stuntmen like Jimmy Davies are having their 15 minutes of fame.

The Nelson Bay local has worked as a professional “daredevil” for 10 years in film and television as well as live shows in China and Japan.

He recently finished his third contract with Universal Studios Japan as The Mariner in the award-winning WaterWorld stunt show, in which Davies gets shot and plunges backwards and performs five fight scenes and two jet ski patterns.

Nelson Bay stuntman Jimmy Davies performing as The Mariner in Universal Studios Japan’s WaterWorld.

Having grown up competing in motocross, he ventured from the familiarity of motorbikes to the new and exciting world of jet skis after he finished his first contract in Japan in 2017 as the motorcycle stunt double in Detective Conan: The Escape.

“I’d always wanted to do the WaterWorld show but I didn’t have the stand-up jet ski skills at the time,” Davies told the Newcastle Weekly.

“So, I came back, learnt, got the audition and got the job.”

While Davies makes it sound easy, it has been a journey.

In 2012 he attended the Australian Stunt Academy, which he said “lit the fire” in him.

He took his first contract in China in 2015, where he performed in a slapstick comedy show not too dissimilar to Warner Brothers’ Police Academy Stunt Show.

“It was the best time ever, absolutely living the dream for eight months of the year,” Davies said.

“When I was in China, I discovered this whole other style of motorbike racing.

“Then the jet skis are different again.

“It’s definitely been a journey.

“But, I try and do it for the right reasons.

“Learning how to ride a stand-up jet ski, I was always going to have fun regardless of the show.”

Nelson Bay stuntman Jimmy Davies on set during the filming of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

Often performing death-defying stunts under the cloak of anonymity, Davies said The Fall Guy, which he worked on, accurately portrayed stunt performers’ work behind the scenes.

“Everyone who’s on set knows and sees all the work stunt guys do; it’s the audience which doesn’t,” he said.

“But, that’s kind of the point.”

Davies also spent four months working on the recently-released Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, which was filmed in Broken Hill and Sydney.

“That was a lifelong dream of mine,” he said.

“Ever since I got into stunts, I’ve always wanted to be in a Mad Max film because they’re iconic and renowned for their crazy stunts.

“To be part of that was a dream come true.”

Davies wouldn’t be drawn on the details of his latest project, but something tells us we’ll be seeing him – if only fleetingly – on the big screen again soon.

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