Stunt Performer Spotlight: Marcus Adair
Marcus Adair grew up in both NYC and Memphis, TN, where he quickly excelled in all sports while he studied as an Electrical Engineer student. Marcus attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Arkansas where he received a B.S.B.A. in Finance. After college, Marcus had the great pleasure to play in the NFL from 1996 – 1998. After a career ending injury, he took his passion to compete at the ultimate level and started acting. His very first project was a commercial he did for a local gym throughout Florida. Later, more projects consisted of athletic print magazines and several independent films as an actor. Marcus’ first big break as a stunt performer came on the set of the block buster movie, “Black Panther." “During the time of shooting Black Panther, I was currently competing as a Bodybuilder and taking classes to become a stunt performer. After winning the Lee Haney Classic, I had several photo shoots in which some pictures were captured within several publications. Somehow, Director Ryan Coogler saw my picture and stated he had to have me in the film as I have been told,” stated Marcus Adair. After that, Marcus never looked back. He spent all of his remaining time on sharpening his craft as a stuntman and as an actor. From hand to hand combat to acting classes, his skills evolved to include wire work, firearms, falls, Knifes, sword work, stunt driving, rappelling, military, and stage combat. Other projects include Confetti, Pigskin, Atlanta, All Eyes on Me, STAR, Queen of the South, Haswick, along with several other Independent films. I became a stunt performer because I love the action that takes place in all movies and how the story is told by a stunt performer. My physical statue allowed me to really showcase my craft while being very physical on set. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer? My greatest skill would have to be my hand to hand combat. Whether that is boxing or using weapons, my physical statue and demeanor could be intimidating on film. These characters seem to be more in demand with most production companies. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? The best part is that we get to take on the physical demand of the character and bring it to life. Whether that is as a Super Hero or a bystander in a film or TV show, we are the action that moves the scene forward. What advice would you give other stunt people? Practice! Practice! Practice! Always work on your craft. Stay ready, so you don’t have to get ready!