Ben Stiller Can Shred (sort of)

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 08:00 AM

In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller plays a mild-mannered desk lackey who finds himself on a quest around the world. At one point, the adventure sends him careening down a mountain on a skateboard. Stiller (who also directed the film) says yes, he took on the stunt himself.

Stiller relied on a lone safety wire, in case the whole operation went south. “It happened a couple of times,” he tells Kurt Andersen. “I was pulled up off the skateboard and dangling like a marionette going 40 miles an hour.”

He’s no Tony Hawk, but this wasn't Stiller's first time on a skateboard. “I grew up in New York and skateboarded as a kid,” he says. “I can’t really do tricks or anything, but I’ve always been comfortable on a board and I still love them.”

Listen to a bit of their conversation above — we'll broadcast more in January.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens on Christmas Day.

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Ben Stiller

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jackhammerhead from tampa fl

Kickass! And adds to the movie, which has a ton of heart and so does stiller. One he should be proud of. The nay saying critics are way off base because they have no heart, and so wouldn't know one if it attacked them. (Heart pun)
Except the Rolling Stone critic. He got it, because he has it.

Dec. 02 2014 09:18 AM

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