A MAGICIAN who starred on last night’s Britain’s Got Talent is a secret Hollywood stuntman.
Musclebound Matt Stirling 46, has featured in two Bond films and Star Wars’ Rogue One in a daredevil 20-year career.
BGT magician Matt Stirling is a secret Hollywood stuntman starring in Harry Potter and Star Wars[/caption]
His BGT act saw him combine thrilling stunts with a card trick.
Each judge was asked to pick a card featuring a film title from a deck. They were told not to show the name to Matt or anyone else.
Amanda Holden chose 2004 flick Man on Fire. She closed her eyes and as Matt channelled his thoughts, a blazing stunt actor walked across the stage, illustrating the film and leaving the judge gobsmacked.
Matt repeated the trick for Simon Cowell with a man leaping from theatre’s upper circle to demonstrate the BGT boss’s pick, Skyfall. Alesha Dixon (The Matrix) and David Walliams (Magic
Mike, which saw Matt and a colleague rip off their shirts) were equally impressed — earning the act four yeses.
Amanda told Matt: “That was fantastic. You surprised me, and I loved the boys at the end!”
Matt, from Ruislip, West London, did not mention his stunt career on last night’s show.
He told The Sun on Sunday he must keep plots secret, and says security was tightest on 2016 Star Wars spin-off Rogue One. Matt has also grappled with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Fast & Furious 6.
And he was devastated when pal David Holmes — Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double — was seriously injured in the Harry Potter franchise.
Matt, who stood in as Hagrid and a Death Eater, said: “David was doing a ‘jerk back’ on a harness.
“He got pulled into a wall and was paralysed. I did my first big magic show in his honour.”
Matt also revealed Bond star Daniel Craig is a joker on set.
He added: “Spectre was my second Bond movie. Dave Bautista plays Mr Hinx and I was his double in a driving sequence in Austria.
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“Then I played a bodyguard in a scene where Daniel is tortured then blows up the room.
“Daniel tries to do as much as he can, or as much as the production will allow him, to make his actions look aggressive.
“He’s got a lovely sense of humour — he does mess around.”
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