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'Transformers' Stuntman JT Holmes Describes Death-Defying Base Jumps (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2011 1:25PM
JT Holmes and crew do stunts for 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' on 'The Early Show'The latest 'Transformers' film, 'Dark of the Moon,' is, like its predecessors filled with the wonders of CGI, skillfully molded into live action shots for a realistic feel. Some of the stunts, however, were not shot with CGI, and Tuesday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), one of the men responsible for some of the more breathtaking stunts spoke about the shoot.

JT Holmes and his crew, the "Birdmen," make a living jumping from high places in specially designed suits that let them fly through the air at speeds reaching 140 miles per hour. Most often, they jump from cliffs. For 'Transformers,' they had to jump from buildings, which provided its own logistical nightmares.

"We had this one spot, we actually nicknamed it 'Suicide Corner,'" said Holmes, "and it was really perfect for the shot and it was incredibly intimidating. But when we were scouting, we were up there and it was sunny and it just felt right. We knew we could do it."

Holmes and his team had to learn to "fly" in tandem for the shoot. What other challenges might Holmes be looking forward to? He said he'd like to jump "something massive" in the Himalayas. There should be no shortage of choices.

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