“It’s about being able to be aware of the moment and its possibilities than it is about ruminating on what could have happened—I did live and I do live.”
Today’s guest isn’t famous. He hasn’t written a book. He’s not an in demand speaker.
But I can almost promise that you have seen Trampas Thompson — you just didn’t know it.
Working behind the scenes, Trampas is a Hollywood stuntmen extraordinaire, collecting blockbuster credits performing a dizzying array of delicious, death-defying acts in some of the world’s most popular movies and television shows.
Trampas has run the streets on fire, sword battled with Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and most recently doubled Michael Keaton in Birdman. Yes, that was Trampas, not Michael, who lept off a New York Theatre District rooftop in the most memorable scene from last year’s Oscar winning best picture.
His credits are impressive: The Dark Knight Rises, National Treasure, 21 Jump Street, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, The Wolf of Wall Street, and on and on.
But what drew me to Trampas as a great fit for the podcast actually has very little to do with his work. Far more fascinating? Who he is.
What kind of person becomes a stuntman?
God broke the mold with this guy. Larger than life, Trampas is one-of-a-kind. A renaissance man living life full throttle 24/7. The kind of guy who survived a skydiving accident when his parachute didn’t open, then jumped again. A person unapologetically himself, incapable of doing anything half-assed and utterly fearless.
This is another epic, thoroughly entertaining 3-hour conversation with a truly singular human about living life on one’s own terms. It’s about dragonfly tattoos, synchronicity, Burning Man and the never ending spiritual quest to grow and expand consciousness.
It’s about what it means to hand-wring the adventure out of life.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this conversation with one of my favorite people.
Peace + Plants,
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Background, Context & Reference:
- Trampas Thompson on IMDB
- DiscerningBrute: Stunts & Sake:Trampas Thompson
- Texas Tech: Dueling With Depp
- Lubbock Online: Hollywood Stuntman Returning To Lubbock
- Book: The Artist’s Way* by Julia Cameron
- NYTimes: Ayahuasca:A Strong Cup of Tea by Bob Morris
- Cowspiracy by Keegan Kuhn & Kip Andersen
- Film: Earthlings* narrated by Joaquin Phoenix
- Book: The China Study* by T. Colin Campbell
Notable People Discussed in today’s podcast:
- Jay Freestyle: tattoo artist & painter
- Keanu Reeves: Canadian actor
- Travis Pastrana: American motorsports competitor and stunt performer
- Michael Keaton: American actor, producer & director
- Johnny Depp: American actor, producer & musician
- Keira Knightley: English actress
- Orlando Bloom: British actor
- Jack Davenport: English actor
- Jayson Dumenigo: stunt coordinator
- George Ruge: American filmmaker & stunt coordinator
- Gore Verbinski: American film director
- Alejandro González Iñárritu: Film Director
- Lyle Lovett: American country singer-songwriter & actor
- Terence McKenna: American ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut & author
- John Cho: South Korean born American actor
- Chris Weitz: American film producer, screenwriter & author
- Seth Meyers: American comedian, writer, producer & actor
- John Pierre: vegan trainer
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