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Bandidas

 

In 2004, I was hired by a production company to be a technical advisor and to train actress Salma Hayek for a role in a new movie "Bandidas" to be released in January, 2006.

I was flown to L.A. to train Miss Hayek for the role of a bank robber who happens to be an expert with knives.

After the training in L.A., I was flown to the movie set in Mexico City to further train Ms. Hayek and to act as a technical advisor during filming.

A couple of weeks later after leaving Mexico City, I was then flown to Durango, Mexico where I performed the actual throwing on location for the more difficult throwing scenes.

I also designed and crafted some very special throwing knives for Miss Hayek and actor Sam Shepard to use in the film.

These are some pics that I took while working with Salma Hayek and Dwight Yoakam while filming the motion picture.

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A picture that was given to my wife and I by Salma while we were training her in Los Angeles.   This is a shot of the leather sheath that was made for one of my knives that she wore in the movie.
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Another shot of the leather sheath that was made for one of my knives that she wore in the movie.   A leather knife rig that was built to hold three of my knives.
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Dwight hanging out of his trailer for a quick pic.   Salma and I in her trailer on the movie lot.
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Stunt double for Salma getting ready to film a throwing scene with my Bowie.   On location in Durango, Mexico while filming all of the outside stunt scenes with the second unit folks.
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More second unit work with the stunt dog.   The second unit folks on location in Durango, Mexico while filming all of the outside stunt scenes.
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Stunt double for Salma Hayek warming up for a scene. I coached her on knife handling while on the set.   Stunt double for Salma Hayek handling a Bowie knife while on the set.
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Stunt double for Salma Hayek handling a Bowie knife while on the set.   Stunt double for Salma Hayek handling a Bowie knife while on the set.
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A tree that they made for the scene that Penelope Cruz shoots at in the movie. I came in next and threw a knife into the bullseye. My throw did not make it into the film   A little stunt that I set up to simulate a knife being thrown and stuck into a chili can. I threw the knife toward the can and then the movie magic took over.
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This a pic of Salma posing for a throw with my Bowie. This was the bowie that was given to her by Bill Buck who was played by actor, Sam Shepard that she used and was shown a lot in the movie.   One of the pre production movie posters.
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Two of the 8 knives that were made for the movie.   With another knife that was also made for the movie.
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Durango landscape.   Durango landscape.
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Sheath made for the Bowie knife I made for the movie.   Another shot.
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Movie poster   Spanish movie poster
 
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