Stunt Performer Spotlight: Alessandro Folchitto

Featured Interview With Stunt Performer: Alessandro Folchitto

Tell about yourself and your background! *

I join the Italian army at 24 years old and served 16 years , a retired as Special forces Capitan from the famous 9th Regiment “Col Moschin “During my service I was deployed in several parts of the world and I was honored to receive several medals during my missions

What inspired you to become a stunt performer?

It was a childhood dream to be part of movies and Tv … one of my legend was Sylvester Stallone

What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a stunt behind it?

Probably the capability to understand what the director/stunt coordinator is looking to deliver their vision

What is the best part about being a stunt performer?

The sense of brotherhood that reminds the special forces

Tell your all-time favorite stunt story!

Years ago…In Florida , working for Tony SneagoffI am Doubling the main actor for a show that is recreating all the “Houdini” magic trick .The stunt is been inside the car while that car is flooding with high pressure water ..and magically disappear. ME , Tony and a former USA special forces member , set up all the necessary precautions… two air tanks , emergency signal if I can't breath or something happen. Now the stunt is not easy since the turbulence of the high pressure water create a lot of drift inside the car , my first tank is on the passenger seat and the emergency one is one the back floor , and I am Handcuffed to the steering wheel and a chained on my neck to the rooftop I  need to hold my breath for 15/20 second while i am showing the struggle to camera to free myself for the chains, at this point the car is covered with a blanket then I need to reach the small thank start to Breath and go hide in the back seat , waiting for the audience to realize that i am disappearing So after one of the takes it took me 25 seconds to free my self … then I reached the tank , start to breath but while I am moving on the back seat a lost the breather… and with all the turbulence of the water there is now way I can Find it back….and I forgot to mention that I cant See :)So I force myself to stay calm … i know where is the emergency tank … and I know that Tony can see with the camera what is going on. And he is ready to break all the glass and take me out ..So after what it looked to me a incredible long time I reached the bottom of the  back tank , I am following with my hand the tank to reach the breather , grab it and slowly start to breath ..Then I am Waiting for the car to be revealed with non inside :)The stunt is over , I am Able to slip out from the door … right away I see Tony and the first words he told me are the words that a performer always wants to ear …. Alessandro I knew That I hired the right guy :):)Happy dance .. and let’s go and grab a beer!!Love you Tony

What advice would you give other stunt performers?

Listen and learn with your eyes and be humble

Anything else you'd like to tell the community about?

Don’t quit … like one my first mentor told me … if you    are persistent , you are going to make it :)

Please share your social media handles and how we can follow you!

Instagram @alessandro_folchitto

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