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The Stunt Community is the Star of Universal's 'The Fall Guy'

To honor stunt performers and their stories, Universal's "The Fall Guy" lands the first-ever "Stunt Designer" credit from SAG and DGA.

Ryan Gosling in 'The Fall Guy'

May 02, 2024

"The Fall Guy", an upcoming Universal Pictures film starring Oscar nominee, Ryan Gosling and Golden Globes award winner, Emily Blunt, is inspired by 1980’s hit TV series of the same name and storyline honors the world of stunts.  

From real life stunt man and blockbuster director, David Leitch, of Universal’s "Jurassic World" and "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”, "The Fall Guy" is his most personal film yet. 

Universal Pictures 'The Fall Guy' Film Premiere

Stunt performers and their stories have been at the forefront of promoting the film leading up to its release on May 3. At the film’s premiere on April 30, the stunt team wowed fans by bringing all the action to the red carpet. 

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Ryan Gosling and David Leitch Make Surprise Appearance at The Fall Guy Stuntacular

And in a full circle moment for the film, on April 27, Gosling and Leitch delighted fans by surprising them at opening day of "The Fall Guy Stuntacular Pre-Show" at Universal Hollywood Studios.

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Highlighting the hard work of the stunt community, the pre-show includes stunts that guarantee to impress fans such as back flips on jetskis, riding dirt bikes through the audience, and diving off towering platforms into water. Fans can head to Universal Hollywood Studios to see the limited stunt show live until May 19. 

'The Fall Guy Stuntacular' at Universal Hollywood Studios


Universal Pictures 'The Fall Guy' Gets First Stunt Designer Credit 

The film is also making history in the industry. Leitch hired the best in the business Chris O’Hara, industry veteran stunt coordinator, second unit director and president of Stunts Unlimited, to bring the movie to life and accurately represent the stunt men and women who work on films and the stunt community. 

O’Hara’s work was critical to the film, so much so that Leitch, producing partner Kelly McCormick, and the 87North stunt team in collaboration with Universal Pictures contacted the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America to propose a "Stunt Designer" credit for Chris O’Hara instead of the traditional "stunt coordinator," to better highlight the multifaceted nature and artistic contribution of the role.

"The Fall Guy" landed the first-ever “Stunt Designer” credit from the Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild of America. 


David Leicht, Emily Blunt, and Ryan Gosling at SXSW 2024

Gosling, who has the leading role in the film and plays a stunt man, shared his appreciation for the crew as well at SXSW in March.  

“We hope that it’s reflective of how much the crew gives to every film,” Gosling said. “There are so many cynical movies about moviemaking. The crews care so much. They give so much, it’s amazing. It’s things no one will ever notice. They put so much love and attention into every detail. And they get no credit — well, they get a credit at the end but it goes so fast. It was fun, on some small level, to reflect how much they care.” 

Catch all the action in "The Fall Guy" in theaters on May 3, 2024.  Get your tickets now on Fandango.