Gary Kent may be the actual most interesting man the world. He worked more than 100 films during the independent film/drive-in movie surge of the '60s and '70s for directors Monte Hellman, Richard Rush, Al Adamson, Ray Dennis Steckler and Don Jones. He was in some good movies (Ride in the Whirlwind, The Shooting) and a lot of bad ones with titles like Satan's Sadists, Schoolgirls in Chains, and The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant.
Along the way Kent ran into a cast of infamous characters including Charles Manson. He was the last person to speak to Adamson before the director was murdered. Kent was Jack Nicholson's longtime stuntman and is believed to be an inspiration for Brad Pitt's stuntman character in Quentin Tarantino's film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Danger God tells both Gary's personal story and the story of that era in film. The "love" of the story is tied both to his troubled relationship with actress wife Tomi Barrett (The Forest) and the love for his stunt buddies Chuck Bail (The Stuntman), John "Bud" Cardos (Kingdom of the Spiders) and Bob Ivy (Bubba Hotep).
Danger God is availalble streaming on iTunes and Amazon Prime, and out on DVD Sept. 17 from Wild Eye Releasing. Look for a Blu-ray in November. More at dangergod.com.
Filmmaker Joe O'Connell claims that stuntman Gary Kent is the real “most interesting man in the world.” He should know — he’s made a documentary movie about the guy.
Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Scene
In the late 1960s, a stuntman wanders into Spahn Ranch and thoroughly convinces one of its long-haired residents to fix a vehicle for him. No, dear reader, I’m not describing a scene from Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. I’m describing a scene from the real life of Gary Kent, the subject of a new and wonderfully titled documentary, Danger God, directed by Joe O’ Connell. Now that’s something you have embroidered on the back of a leather jacket
Hunter Lanier, Film Threat
Gary Kent is a Badass. Yeah, that's with a capital "B," buster.
Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle
Gary Kent has heard sentences no person wants to hear.
Here’s an example: “All your ribs are broken.”
Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman
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