Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lisa Loving Dalton Tattles about her Top Ten Favorite Stunts

Welcome to Lisa Loving Dalton, author of Falling for the Stars: A Stunt Gal's Tattle Tales!

Lisa Loving Dalton Tattles about her Top Ten Favorite Stunts!

When asking what are my top ten favorites stunts, it brings up many questions.

To begin with, in order to identify my top favorites, I have to ask myself “what makes a stunt a favorite?”
·            Is it the level of danger and challenge that I met face to face?
·            Or is it the one that was so easy it was like cheating and getting paid for it?
·            Does the stunt become a favorite over the years or did I love it right then and there? And if so, why?
·           Is it fair to choose one because of the folks I met on it? 
·            Or the amount of money that I eventually earned from it? 
·            Or because of how famous the movie became?
·            Oh, how about this one: Because of the positive impact the film had and that I was a small part of that?

Yep, I think all of the above may qualify. So here’s the countdown:

10.  House On Carroll Street. I was working with Mandy Patinkin, Jeff Daniels and Kelly McGillis as her double. Director Peter Yates had me act Kelly’s lines for Mandy’s close-ups while Kelly rested. Then he invited me to work on his next film with Cher. The gags (stunt jobs) I did on Carroll Street were fun and different. I dodged a train making it so close the Peter made me promise never to scare him like that again. I loved running on the 26th story ledge over the Grand Central Station lobby, tripping and making it look like I was nearly falling off. I scared a lot of folks doing that.

9. One Life To Live was just pure fun as I was getting to crash a motorcycle on cue. The ride was so cool and the ivory leather and mohair big-shouldered costume was cute and great protection as well. Wish I could have kept those leather pants!

8. Crocodile Dundee earns its spot on the list as the one that was so harmless that it felt like “cheating”. It was one of those freebie events that was so easy, even boring, and so low budget that we thought would never even be released in the US.  Who knew it would be a blockbuster that still delivers residual check$. 

7. Legwork was a television series about a female private detective who drove a Porsche around New York. Actress Margaret Colin didn’t drive a double clutch stick shift so I got the honor. I love racecar driving and I did an excellent job. But I was publicly humiliated and fired by a drugged-out stunt man. That hurt a lot. I love that I was hired back by production immediately and never worked with that guy again.

6. World According to Garp-If laughing a lot helps a stunt qualify then this is the one. It was hysterically funny hanging with John Lithgow and Robin Williams in drag, Tony winner Swoozie Kurtz and Amanda Plumber. We were having just too much fun for a group that was supposed to be in grievous mourning.  George Roy Hill, a top-notch director, was on his knees begging for the wigged Robin and John plus three hundred giggling women to PLEASE STOP LAUGHING.

5. Still of the Night with Streep and Roy Scheider was a terrific experience not just because I literally walked in Meryl’s Shoes but because I got to meet Meryl Streep. The tough part that I am proud of is that I took a stand for myself with the producer who wanted me to do a stunt without paying me properly.  I found out later, that Meryl took a stand for me too. This is a big favorite stunt job because Ms. Streep proves over and over again to be one classy and talented lady who cares..

4. F/X is on the list because it was a funny, bloody mortifying event that I got to actually act in. The costume faux pas is still a Laugh-out-Loud moment when I think about it. I rarely wear dresses that low cut any more.

3. Suspect-Yes, working with Peter Yates again was great. But the bonus is that I got to hang with Cher who also stood up for me when another injustice was being perpetrated on me. Plus, Cher’s the only star who ever sent me an autographed picture of us together. She is beautiful and generous and very funny

2. Last Rites was a Tom Berenger, Daphne Zuniga film where I had to leap from one six-story rooftop across an alley to another rooftop. Yikes! It was the single scariest job I ever did and I felt like Superman afterwards.

1. The Last Dragon is my favorite of over two hundred films, TV shows and commercials. My role as Sho’s Woman #3 allowed me to act like a crazy nasty gang member, employ my stunt and martial art skills and best of all, be in a cult classic. This movie, now in its 31st year was rereleased on Sony Blue Ray last year because of the uplifting and inspiring message that it carries to all ethnicities. Fans from across the US and Canada attended the Thirtieth Anniversary Screening in New York where a standing room only crowd watched the film, singing and speaking every line in the movie with cos-play actors performing along. Many people came to me to thank me for my role and shared how this film gave them belief in themselves. This film helps us believe we can find the inner glow that can power our lives for the better. This is my mission in writing and in the coaching that I do. When our entertainment can uplift, educate and heal, then we know we have done something very important for our world. So, go find your glow! 

Falling for the Stars:
A Stunt Gal's Tattle Tales

Lisa Loving Dalton


This Behind-the-Scenes Tell-All About Doubling for Celebrity Superstars Also Reveals the Compelling Life Story of an Insecure Hollywood Arrival Who Rises to the Top of Her Field, But Pays a Hefty Price.
·         Addiction
·         Chauvinism  
·         Big Egos collide with the surprising kindness of superstars.

Discover the magic and the tragic stories of many great films & TV shows through the eyes of a stuntwoman. Dalton reveals what it took to hang over cliffs, get hit by a moving car, drop from five stories up, dodge an avenue full of speeding cars--and to ignore the Universe's more gentle prompts that it was time to quit and follow her passion into acting full-time or teaching acting.
The resulting career-ending spinal injury has a story of its own, how she researched medical and alternative paths that form the heart of what she shares with the world today. "What stands out in this book is the indomitable spirit the author has, despite the extraordinary price she paid for her stellar career--including misogyny, a miscarriage, and a life-long back injury. And each juicy story she relays in her fascinating chronicle, brings home an important life lesson for the reader--one that she learned the hard way.

·         Stunt Gal Lisa Dalton tattles about humorous and harrowing tales culled from over 200 films, television shows and commercials including
·         Ghostbusters
·         Money Pit
·         Crocodile Dundee
·         Married to the Mob
·         FX
·         Legal Eagles
·         The Last Dragon
·         Saturday Night Live  
·         Splash
·         The Highlander
·         World According To Garp

Working with or doubling such superstars as Meryl Streep, Cher, Madonna, Grace Jones, Robert Redford, Katherine Hepburn, Sean Connery, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, Ed O'Neill, Michelle Pfeiffer and more.

Author's Bio:

From a bullied, dyslexic, messy, freckle-faced, klutzy pixie, Lisa Loving Dalton grew into a statuesque and skillful stuntwoman, actor, director, teacher, author, filmmaker, leadership and life coach, and ceremonial minister. Always seeking and finding the silver lining, she has made the most of whatever life threw at her. She says, “I spill stuff, trip and drip all of the time so I made a career out of it. My advice: Embrace what is as perfect.”
Dalton appeared in more than 200 films, television shows and commercials in New York, Hollywood and Texas, including work in Ghostbusters, Money Pit, Crocodile Dundee, Married to the Mob, FX, Legal Eagles, and Splash on the big screen and ER, HBO’s Carnivale, Dr. Quinn and Melrose Place among her many TV credits.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

Grand Prize Package: one winner will receive:
1) a paperback copy of Falling For the Stars by Lisa Loving Dalton with autographed Last Dragon Pic
2) a paperback copy of A Balancing Act by Emmanuelle Chaulet
3) an e-copy of Murder of Talent
4) a 30-min video chat with author

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1) a Kindle copy of Falling for the Stars by Lisa Loving Dalton with an autographed Last Dragon pic
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3) an e-copy of Murder of Talent

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