A few years ago I had the honor of meeting stuntman Uki Certic. It didn’t take long for me to realize he was the real deal and I wanted to learn more. When I asked him for an interview he graciously accepted! I asked Uki how he got started with stunts and motorcycles, he replied,
“I started working as a background performer while auditioning for tv commercials and acting roles and at about the same time I met a group of guys who were freestyle sport bike stunt riders and started training with them every weekend. I got very good, fast and soon I was doing stunt shows for all major events in B.C like monster trucks at BC place, the annual motorcycle show at Trade X in Abbotsford , all show and shines and bike rallies and a lot of charity events like Cops for Cancer, Firefighters for burns, The Virtue foundation annual stunt show and many more.” (Gosh I’m getting winded just thinking about it!)
He went on to say, “A couple of guys I rode with were film stunt guys and they informed me of where to train, what other skills I needed to perfect, in order to have a shot at being a stunt performer in film” I, “took all that in and started training in; gymnastics, horse back riding, long sword and daggers seminar, car stunt driving courses, kick boxing and weapons training at the famous, “Action Room” in New West etc.” He said he, “also started volunteering on set for coordinators, pulling mats, doing safety and learning 1st hand on set which was really priceless and after a while I got my chance and my 1st stunt credit on Smallville season 8 and the rest is history.” That really is exciting stuff!
I asked Uki, what accomplishments he is most proud of and what was the most favorite film that he had worked on? He replied,
“I am very proud of becoming a full union member as well as working on HUGE feature films like, “Mission Impossible 4 and the A-team, its not a small thing getting a call from a coordinator to work on blockbusters like that. They really have to trust you 110% that you will do what is asked of you 10 out of 10 times without one little mistake so that was confirmation in my mind that I am good at this and that hard work, really hard work does pay off.” “getting flown out to Egypt for a KFC commercial to jump a motocross from a ramp to ramp over a jeep was not a bad deal, and is one of my favorite gigs and experiences as well.”
I asked Uki, what challenges he has faced to get to where he is now? Injuries, rejections, anything of that nature? And he replied, “Discipline to train so much and eat right all year round not knowing when the next call will come and always being on hold so to speak.” I can relate to this statement, keeping in shape is a struggle. He says,
“I have not turned down a job yet and had to change plans and re-schedule my life many times but I truly love my job and I am very lucky to do it. I have had some injuries of course but nothing too major, broken scaphoid on my left wrist and a lot of cuts, scrapes and bruises, A LOT! My last two questions to Uki were, what are your future goals in the industry? And, who would you most like to work with/favorite celebrity you have already worked with? He answered,
“my goal is to keep doing what I love for as much as I can and start stunt coordinating, when hitting the concrete and riding wheelies becomes too painful 🙂 “I would love to work with Daniel Craig and the stunt team on the, “James Bond” films and would love to work with Steven Seagal, Danny Trejo, Tom Cruise, Ben Stiller and of course STONE COLD again, they are great to work with and true veterans.”
I must say I agree with Uki all the way, that is an amazing list of talented people and I am an undying fan of The James Bond series! I think Uki Certic would be a great fit in those films. I would like to express my gratitude to Uki for allowing me this opportunity to interview him and will be keeping an eye out for his upcoming projects! Thanks Uki!!