A ‘Fishy’ Story

Continuing the story of my adventure as a first-time stunt-man in New York:

The fish were not my idea. They were in the script already. The idea was that the ‘victim’ I’ve been body-doubling for would be hogtied and dumped in a skip which was in a pet-food plant; later, when the plant started up for the day, the skip would get filled with a load of fish heads and tails left over from some other food production place, lifted by an automatic hoist and dumped, complete with victim, into a hopper feeding a grinder system to effectively pretty much liquidize the contents and so dispose of the body… gruesome, eh! But, the hog-tied body turns out to be just too large to enter the chute leading to the grinder…whew!

And so, the body gets retrieved, and is eventually disposed of in the time-honored manner – shackled to a block of concrete and dumped in the East River. I’m pleased to say that, when they filmed the grinding, with a camera looking down into the hopper, it contained only the fish heads and a dummy, but when they tipped in the fish crap in the first place, it was, indeed, me. I also got filmed heaving around in the hopper, but with the grinding mechanism disabled. but this is why I ended up stinking of fish for days: fishy hair despite oceans of shampoo, under my finger nalis, and in other unmentionable places. The ‘real’ actor, who had so say lines (well, scream them actually) refused absolutely to endure the fish and they had to use make up to make it look like his back had been in the fish. On screen, I guess you never notice the substitution.

One other thing was the East River, into which I volunteered to be dumped providing there was a team of divers to quick-release the concrete, was deemed too polluted to be used for real, so the actual immersion was indeed in a studio tank with full safety systems. The things we do for money!!

So, what’s coming next in our new collective career? The following episode in the series will see Gary doubling a different actor as he gets run over by a speeding car. Gary’s intense martial arts training means that he can take that, over his chest or stomach, but not at the speed demanded by the script. So that will be filmed at a slower speed, then speeded up, and Gary has to learn somehow to ‘react’ slowly. He looks a lot like the actual actor, in fact, and may well get to do a few other things too. So he and Zach will go up to New York for that in about ten days. They’ll be checking Zach out for some stunt acrobatics for a future episode. Anyway, its pretty good money for doing stuff which, in the main, we can do and like to do, as I explained before. So we’ll see how this stuff, for which we got noticed partly through a gay scriptwriter reading my books, pans out. Maybe you’de enjoy the read, too: acrobatics, falling into (gay) love, a bit of sex, and two different (and somewhat scary) adventures…

What do we do when we’re not doing that stuff? Well, a bit of this:

…a bit of that…

…this, too…

And, to be honest, a fair bit of this, as well…

What do you expect, with eight horny and totally trusting gay guys around the place all the time, and two more ‘trusties’ coming over some weekends? Maybe, a

Bonus Boy

…or two…

Hopefully my next post can be on some new topic. But, for moment, let’s sign off with a phrase from Douglas Adams’ most excellent ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’

‘Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish’

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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  1. Pingback: (Un)Dressing for the Occasion « Tony Cavanagh

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