A noted Hollywood stuntman has astonished film makers on the set of a blockbuster movie by demanding a stand-in to undertake an extremely dangerous stunt.
Norbert 'Jellyroll' Jackson, of No Fixed Address, was involved in the filming of Mel Gibson's new directorial project, Lethal Weapon 12, when he approached Gibson and told him that, after some thought, he would be unable to comply with the director's wishes to fall off an elk, and suggested the name of 'a friend of his'.
Gibson, who, bizarrely, used to do many of his own stunts, but never his own lines, told Overrated Director magazine:
"He came over to me and said that the stunt was too risky, and that it was possible somebody might get hurt. It was most unusual, Cobber."
Jellyroll, 53, is a veteran of more than 400 movies, and has, in the past, performed many awesome stunts, such as falling of a bicycle in Casablanca, and hilariously slipping into a vat of custard in the silent version of The Great Gatsby in 1926.
Stuntmen are notoriously silly people, having scant respect for their own safety or that of anyone else. They fall off things, slip and slide, walk into doors and generally do things which you wouldn't want your kids trying at home.
Mr Jackson caused a stir on his last film, Harry Potter and the Bored Children, when he refused point-blank to fall into an enormous cauldron of bubbling water in an uproariously funny scene where Harry boiled a fellow wizard alive.
That day Jackson told director James Cameron :
"You're not getting me in there, mate!"