Stunt star turned Extraction director Sam Hargrave: ‘Charlize Theron is the bravest actor I know’

The movie stuntman has directed bone-crunching thriller Extraction – and says that CGI will never replace the thrill of seeing a real person risking life and limb on screenThe stunt performers who have made it as directors can be counted on the broken fingers of one bandaged hand.

In the 70s and 80s there was Hal Needham (director of Smokey and the Bandit and reportedly the inspiration for Brad Pitt’s character in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and Buddy Van Horn (Any Which Way You Can).

But the past decade has brought a clutch of new examples: Chad Stahelski (the John Wick trilogy), David Leitch and now Sam Hargrave, the prodigiously bearded, 37-year-old stunt coordinator who doubled regularly for Chris Evans as Captain America.Related: Extraction review – hokey, high-octane action thriller

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