Did you know that movie producers and directors hate it when the star of the film insists on doing his own stunts? That’s been true for over a hundred years and it’s still true today. The reason is simple enough: if the star does his or her own stunts and gets hurt — then the production has to shut down until the actor has healed up and is ready to come back to the set for more shooting.
Jean Charles understands the importance of having a stunt man stand in for actors; he would rather take the risk of injury than let an untrained person try and do a stunt. He’s been doing stunts since he was 15 years old and mow he’s is an established stunt man actor who can do anything physical that is required to get a shot completed. He and a friend started jumping off balconies when they were teenagers. From there he decided to get a camera and make short films of himself doing stunts, that way he could get visual feedback to see where the stunt could be improved.
The camera let him see that he needed to plan every step of the stunt and choreograph each move. He also discovered that practice does indeed make perfect, or in Jean’s modest phrasing, practice helps one get better fast. He watched a lot of movies and always paid attention to the action scenes where a stunt man would be involved. He would then re-create those scenes on paper, drawing out the action and then he would rehearse in slow motion and then at normal speed. Doing all of this did in fact make Jean Charles much better as a stunt man and also as a stunt coordinator and director.
Some of the movies he watched that influenced his work are, The Terminator series, James Bond, of course, and among many others, the Die Hard movies. He had grown up in sports but he started to branch out and learn as much as he could about other sports and fighting techniques. He studied Judo and French boxing where he learned full contact and how to really punch and kick people. Jean also took up Wing Chun, which improved his fighting speed, and American Kenpo, which he feels is the best for him to put into stunt fighting. He also snowboards, rides BMX bikes, roller skates and wakeboards. Jean Charles is a talented professional who never stops learning and practicing, because he wants to be the best stunt man in the business, and he is considered as such, as evidenced by the success of his career in film.
What an achievement for a French stunt actor to be featured in so many Hollywood’s blockbusters! Specifically, he starred in the following Hollywood blockbusters: 007 Spectre, Jason Bourne, and Fast and Furious 6. He has been credited as a stunt double for Paul Walker in Fast & the Furious 6 and for Scott Eastwood in Overdrive. And he will next appear in Mission Impossible 6, directed by Christopher McQuarrie.