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Twilight thrill maker: second generation stuntman

Photo sourced from 3-b-s.eu

"We ended up behind this bar where me and a couple of frat buddies were harassing Bella (Kristen Stewart)," said Doug O'Dell Jr., stuntman for Twilight and New Moon.


Doug O'Dell, Photo sourced from imdb.com

The daredevil from Medford, Oregon, appears in the 'Twilight' scene when the crowd of boys provoke the frazzled heroine. He was a stunt double for one of the bad guys.


"I do some stunt driving — a chase scene and a car-hit scene," he said. "It was through the streets of St. Helens at night. I was driving a stunt car chasing the hero car, which was a little Volvo coupe. The vampire was in the hero car," he told the Mail Tribune.

O'Dell comes from a family of stuntmen.

His father, Doug 'Digger' O'Dell Sr., who in 2008 was still working in commercials and movies as a stuntman coordinator, is an ex-Hollywood stuntman.

"You always worry about friends and family ... but when I started O'Dell in the business he was 18. I wanted him to work as a production assistant so he got to know all the studio language. He did that for a couple of years, tying knots and getting good at rigging. Then he got into stunt work," said his father.

Stunting.

"I had worked on a film called 'The Rundown,' which was a stunt coordinated by Andy Cheng," said O'Dell.

"They called me when they started shooting on location up in the Portland area," he added.

Apparently, Cheng coordinated stunts on 'Twilight,' as well, and was second unit director.


Andy Cheng, Photo sourced from imdb.com

When not on screen, O'Dell lives in Medford where he and his father "restore muscle cars as both a hobby and business," says Mail.

"Shooting the movie was a whole lot of fun," admitted O'Dell.

"Robert Pattinson is a nice guy — very professional."

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