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Armorers

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Chuck Rousseau, (shown at left), Michael Papac, David Fencl & Vincent Joseph Flaherty

RECENT SCORES: When you need armorers — the guys who handle modified real weapons — who you gonna call? If you’re Michael Bay, Gore Verbinski, Steven Soderbergh or Brett Ratner, it’s simple; you call Chuck Rousseau, Michael Papac, David Fencl and Vincent Joseph Flaherty. “We’re all friends and often work together,” says Rousseau, “dealing with all the safety, security and training requirements for having real guns on a set.” The team, which worked on Bay’s “Transformers” franchise, has together and individually amassed a string of credits that reads like a roundup of many recent big-action films and other projects, including “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Terminator Salvation,” “Che: Part One,” “Valkyrie,” “Iron Man,” “Shutter Island,” “The Hurt Locker” and “War of the Worlds.”

COMING UP: While Fencl is on “Fast Five,” Rousseau, Papac and Flaherty are back together on “Transformers 3.” “The action is even more intense than the first two films,” says Rousseau. “Michael Bay likes to work very fast and wants to really keep the action and energy going on the set; he also brings in a lot of ex-military, and the guns are a big part of it.”

Profiles written by Iain Blair, David Cohen, Peter Debruge, Jack Egan, Marjorie Galas, Karen Idelson, Chris Morris and Bruce Shutan.

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