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STANDISH: You played the stunt double for "Ghostface Killer" in "Scream 3", tell us how that felt and also how you landed that role?
JEFF: Well, I was one of two who actually played the Ghostface character in Scream 3. The Stunt Coordinator Rick Avery hired me as well as his son Brian to play the role. It’s funny, at the time we didn’t really understand the enormity of the character that Wes Craven had created. The most fun was to be able to create a character within a character. In a mask, there is so much more you can do than without one.
STANDISH: Tell us a little about your overall mission, Jeff -
JEFF: I’ve been an actor and stunt performer for over 35 years. Over the years I’ve been motivated to be a good person, give 100% and create great movies. I’ve always said, money will come, but if you love what you do, it’s almost never work.
STANDISH: How does it feel to be such an inspiration in the Horror community?
JEFF: I was just so happy to have had the opportunity to play such an iconic character in such a great movie. I’m so very happy people enjoyed not only the one I was in, but the series that the great Wes Craven created.
STANDISH: You played the stunt double for "Whistler" in "Blade", how'd you land that role and how long did it take to shoot?
JEFF: I was so fortunate to get the opportunity to stunt double for Kris Kristofferson as well as be featured in the blood bath dance scene where I get a shotgun blast to the chest by Wesley Snipes. Jeff Ward the stunt coordinator hired me. So many of my friends worked hard on that show and we all had such a great time over the few months we worked on it. I also got to meet Willy Nelson one day and he and Kris gave me a personal music medley. It was awesome!!
STANDISH: You helped with the legendary "Godzilla" movie, what was that like?
JEFF: Mr. R.A. Rondell hired me for many movies over the years and Godzilla was one of them. We actually did some wonderful stunts inside a submarine that was built on set where they dumped hundreds of gallons of water through the hull of the sub and we were thrown like rag dolls inside the small space with metal girders all around. Unfortunately it didn’t make the movie.
STANDISH: You have around 200 iMdB credits, what would you say your top 3 favorite to work on have been?
JEFF: That’s a tough question. I’ve so enjoyed so many shows I’ve had the opportunity to work on. If I had to say just a few standouts: The Loosers doubling Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Stranger Things
season 4 playing a character as well as getting the chance to Stunt Coordinate an episode, "Get Hard" with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, so much fun, Where the Crawdads Sing, and of course "Scream 3" and "Blade".
STANDISH: Where do you find your motivation to be great?
JEFF: First and foremost God. He has given me everything. Then my parents and family. Just keep working hard and strive to be better. Don’t settle in one spot. Diversifying in this business is the key. Try to learn something new and as much as you can.
STANDISH: What can we look forward to in the future from you?
JEFF: Feature films: Carry On, Five nights at Freddy’s, the new Road House movie are just a few.
STANDISH: Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
JEFF: Still going strong. I’m still hitting the ground at 55 years old and having fun.
STANDISH: Who are some of your mentors?
JEFF: My parents! Allowing me to do anything to better myself.
In the business, Buddy Joe Hooker, Doug Colman and the late Bobby Bass are just a few, but you can learn from anyone as long as you are willing to stay humble and listen.
STANDISH: During COVID, we all faced struggles, what was one of your main struggles?
JEFF: No work. When work came back, having to wear the mask especially on days that were 110 degrees 98% humidity and you are huffing and puffing doing fights and falls. We couldn’t breath.
STANDISH: What advice would you give an upcoming Entrepreneur?
JEFF: I’m a little jaded by our business. SAG/AFTRA is on strike right now along with The Writers Guild. Stunt Performers are all self employed. It’s a tough business to be in when you continually are fighting for money just to pay for your home and health insurance. Save your money the best you can and as I said above, diversify. You may need other avenues to make money.
STANDISH: Where can fans find your work?
JEFF: Most of my work is shown on the site IMDB (internet movie data base) It gives a rundown of current as well as older shows I have worked on. It’s not fully up to date, but it’s close.
STANDISH: Anything you'd like to include?
JEFF: I’d like to thank you for asking me to do this. I appreciate the fans of the shows. As an Actor and Stunt Performer I love what I do and you all loving what I do makes me want to continue making great shows.
STANDISH: What are your social links?
JEFF: IMDB, INSTAGRAM and Facebook. I’ll be creating more content on all those links soon. I’ve been old school so long that I’m a bit behind.
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