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Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be stuntmen

Under the Dome‘s Peter King performs Hollywood-size stunts in Wilmington, North Carolina


It’s not every day you get to hang out with a stunt performer (and by “hang out,” I mean blow up buildings, flip cars, the usual), unless you work in the industry. It’s definitely one of the coolest jobs in film. Everyone wants to talk to that guy or girl. You want to hear the stories and live vicariously through his or her adventures. Growing up, I admit I was a stunt junkie, always doing something dangerous. I’m surprised my mother is still alive to tell the tales of raising me. Yup, mothers of stuntmen and stuntwomen should definitely get an award for raising “our kind.”

One such son is Wilmywood’s (aka Wilmington, North Carolina, for any newbies) own stunt coordinator, Peter King. With more than 100 films under his belt, his mama had it worse. King grew up on a farm and, with his brothers, created a makeshift zip-line out of an old barn sheave, a rope and a lawn chair.

“We had one incident where the barn sheave fell down on my brother’s head and split him right down the top,” King said. “He came home with a reverse mohawk and several stitches. After that, they let me tie all the knots; I was much better at it than they were. I had a little more control after that incident, regardless of being the little brother. Thankfully, we are all still alive.”

Kids, don’t try this at home — rather, visit Wilmington and watch King in action! He’s been a regular around town ever since he moved here three years ago and worked on local projects including We’re the MillersTammy and Under the Dome. Before 2011, he had never been to Wilmington. He moved here for three reasons: EUE/Screen Gems (a local film studio), the family environment and the beaches.

His first gig in Wilmywood was the Colin Firth/Emily Blunt flick Arthur Newman, but his L.A. street cred didn’t earn him any favors in this film town. “I had to interview for every job just like everyone else,” King admitted. Being new to North Carolina, this movie gave King the lay of the land, as they shot not just in Wilmington, but also traveled to other parts of the state.

Jennifer AnistonNot long after, We’re the Millers arrived. King was elated to work with that cast, including Jennifer Aniston (with King and her stunt double, Michele Waitman, at right) and Jason Sudeikis. Waiting in the wings was the Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy. It wasn’t luck that got King that position.

“Peter had just come off We’re the Millers, which was a Warner/NewLine show, as was Tammy,” said unit production manager Chris Bromley. “He had a solid cast recommendation, so the studio execs and I met with Peter, and they liked his instincts and ideas. Like myself, Peter has strong safety mandates … He did a great job.”

Speaking of safety, is that McCarthy or a stunt double careening across the water on that Jet Ski in Tammy? King said it’s really McCarthy: “I was trying to teach [Melissa] since she had never been on one … She did fall off, but she was a trooper about it. Got right back on the horse, so to speak, like it was nothing. She was a lot of fun to be with. Very strong-willed, in a good way.”

Watch her in action here: 

Currently, King is busy working on season 2 of Under the Dome. He’s so busy that he did something very unconventional: King held stunt auditions. “I think the reason why stunt auditions aren’t held as often is because it’s difficult to do,” he said. “You have to have proper insurance and a venue to hold it in. You have to have the time and the equipment. It’s not something you can just throw together.”


Under the Dome stuntmen Jimmie Lee Sessoms, Peter King and Ben Jensen

As unconventional as it was, it paid off. King found quite a few local talents to draw from. Jack Bender, Stephen King and the rest of the producers “want a lot more action,” according to King. “We have been really busy getting stunt doubles for the cast. Just about everyone has a stunt double. If they haven’t had one, there soon will be.”

One guy who works well with the stunt team is Under the Dome‘s Mike Vogel, who plays Dale “Barbie” Barbara: “Mike Vogel is very athletic and always has great ideas to spice up the action,” King said.

What do these stunt doubles get to do? King’s favorite scene in season 2, for one. “We just blew up a building on Fourth Street. We got to be in really close proximity to all the pyrotechnics, and you know, flying through the air and getting toasty. It was a good shot,” he said, grinning.

Mothers everywhere are cringing.


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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