Stunt Performer Spotlight: Kwang Bin Im

Featured Interview With Stunt Performer: Kwang Bin Im

Tell about yourself and your background! *

I’ve wrestled in HS, I’ve boxed in golden gloves here on Oahu, and I’m a second degree black belt in taekwondo. I’ve recently trained in FMA stick fighting and I sing on my churches choir.

What inspired you to become a stunt performer?

When I was living in San Francisco my wife and I would watch Hawaii 50 to see my friends on screen. I would tell my wife “if I didn’t leave Hawaii I would be doing stunts too”, she would laugh at me. We moved back to Hawaii and I started teaching taekwondo. One day my instructor asked if I wanted to do stunts and it all started from there.

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

I feel my greatest skill is listening and learning quickly. When I doubled Ken Leung on Marvels InHumans I had to do a fight scene that everyone practiced for 3 day except me. I was called to set by Dickie Beer and was not told what I was doing. I got to set an hour after the phone call and was thrown in hair and makeup. I was then told I’m doing a fight scene and we filmed right after I was done getting ready. My first time doubling and doing a fight scene; but it was an amazing experience I will always remember.

What is the best part about being a stunt performer?

Doing stunts on film. I love performing

Tell your all-time favorite stunt story!

I was doing a scene in InHumans where I get shot and had to fall face first in a pool of water. Then I had to hold my breath for over a minute and not move. I had no breathing apparatus and the only way I knew I could breathe was a PA would tell me to breath when it was time. Lucky I practice the Whim Hoff method of breathing and was able to hold my breath for over a minute because I could not hear the PA at all. When I heard the director yell “cut” I lifted my head to breath. I saw the PA starring at me with wide eyes and his mouth open. He said to me “ I thought you were dead”, he kept whispering breath but when your under water it’s hard to hear a whisper.

What advice would you give other stunt performers?

Train hard and be humble. Always be ready and always help when you can.

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