By Matt Wiley
Cue the lights and grab some popcorn as a barrage of superheroes, aliens, rock stars, foul-mouthed teddy bears, animated zoo animals and cub scouts bring something for everyone to theaters this summer, especially action! Wesley Chapel resident Tommy Quinn can be seen taking part in some of that action alongside the world’s greatest superheroes in one of this summer’s most action-packed movies that has already raked in more than $1 billion worldwide, “The Avengers.”
(PG-13, in theaters)
They’ve finally assembled. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and the Black Widow come together to battle Thor’s angry brother and, from the reviews so far, “The Avengers” is smart, funny and full of non-stop action sequences that don’t disappoint.
Quinn, a resident of the Meadow Pointe community, is a part of some of those action sequences. Stunt Predators USA, a stunt-production company of which he is a part, was chosen to work on the film for some of the stunt coordination.
“(Richard Fike, director of Stunt Predators) called me and said, ‘You don’t want to miss this one,’” explains Quinn. “This was huge. We were running around dressed up like cops while things were blowing up everywhere.”
Quinn, 49, says he has been doing stunt work for about 12 years and can be seen in the film portraying a New York City cop. He has previously worked on three other action films, including 2001’s “American Outlaws,” which starred Colin Farrell. He says that he is basically an “all-purpose guy” and can drive pretty much any type of vehicle needed for stunts, in addition to martial arts work.
Quinn recently saw the final version of the film and says that a lot of the stunt work didn’t make the final cut.
“It’s crazy because you spend so much time on (the stunts), but then in the movie, it just flies by so fast,” he says.
After appearing in the first of the Avengers movies, Quinn hopes to get a larger role in the sequel. He offers advice to those who dream of getting involved in the movie industry.
“If you have a dream, just go out and do it,” he says. “It’s really not that hard to get involved. I feel like I’m just getting started.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” (PG-13, July 20)
Director Christopher Nolan’s Batman finale finally makes its way into theaters, and from the last trailer for it, looks like it has the potential to steal the show this summer. However, after the late Heath Ledger’s posthumous Oscar-winning performance as the Joker, it will be interesting to see if the Bat’s latest nemesis, Bane (played by Tom Hardy) will live up to audience expectations. Bane was comically portrayed in 1997’s “Batman & Robin.” The film also features Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway.