Recent Scores: A vet of all eight “Harry Potter” films, Powell believes there’s no substitute for the magic of real stuntwork. “I think the audience wants to see real people doing stunts,” he says. “CG is wonderful but you need to see an actual person doing certain things.” Powell, whose father and uncle were also stuntmen, worked on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” “United 93,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.”
Coming Up: Powell has “Safe House” and “All Quiet on the Western Front” coming up for 2012.
2nd unit director/stunts
Recent Scores: The former stuntman, whose resume includes “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Romancing the Stone,” may no longer be able to run or jump like he did in his youth, but put Leonard in charge behind the camera and he’ll show you how it’s done. “I get a kick out of working with these younger stunt guys. I keep their ability in mind, and we’re able to push the envelope a little bit,” says Leonard, who directed 2nd unit on “Cowboys & Aliens” as well as the “Fast and the Furious” movies. “I put them in spots that I’d like to be in or have been in the past,” he says. “I know it can be done, because I’ve done it.”
Coming Up: Leonard is getting ready to shoot “The Gangster Squad,” from which one can expect contemporary action in period vehicles. “I’m always tempted to drive the cars. Always. Because I’m a stuntman at heart,” he says. “But I always say, if I can’t be a stuntman any more, the next best thing is directing them.”
GEORGE MARSHALL RUGE
2nd unit director
Recent Scores: While others might fear the challenge of a larger-than-life action sequence, the man responsible for 2nd unit and stunt coordinating on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy embraces chaos. “I think in terms of a mosaic in the design of shots,” says Ruge. “I’m painting a picture and layering these images, action, emotion and nuances so it connects with the human experience.”
Coming Up: Ruge is currently in pre-production on “G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes” and hopes to return to “Pirates” at least once more. “It has taken up several years of my life, so it is important to me on a professional and personal level,” he says.