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[Table] IAmA: We're Travis Pastrana & Jolene Van Vugt from MTV's Nitro Circus – we race things and do insane stunts for a living. AMAA!

2012.08.09 07:13 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: We're Travis Pastrana & Jolene Van Vugt from MTV's Nitro Circus – we race things and do insane stunts for a living. AMAA!

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Jolene, which stunts were you involved in in The Dark Knight Rises? J - I rode the Bat pod for Catwoman :)
What is the worst bone to break? Pain wise, and healing wise. J - I just collapsed a lung 2 weeks ago, never done that before...it was a pretty intense pain. When they cut your ribs open and stick a tube in your chest and you say thank-you cause it makes the pain in your chest subside, that's pretty bad. lol.
T. healing wise there is nothing that takes longer then the scaphoid (also known as the navicular) bone in your wrist. It's small and not very painful in comparison to other things you can break.. but the lack of blood flow to the area makes it a 4 month process.
How the hell are you two still alive? T. just lucky i guess.. well, in retrospect we do work really hard to be good at being in really messed up situations.
How much does your doctor hate you? J - He doesn't, he rides bikes too. It's all about finding people like yourself in this world.
T. are you kidding, my doctor loves me! my friends and i have helped funded his mansion on the water! haha.
Hey! Who has broken more bones and how many?? T. we both lost track a long time ago but probably me because i've been riding and racing for longer.
J - Travis beats us all!!
What are your favorite stunts that you did for Nitro Circus? T. My favorite stunt of all time in nitro was launching into the grand canyon on motorcycles with jolene and jim and roner. My favorite stunt in the movie was one we self titled "chopper flopper". In that stunt, we hooked a thousand foot ski rope to a motorcycle and got pulled down a slip and slide at 75mph into a 25 foot tall take off ramp. We would launch 250 feet out and 70 foot high and gut hucked out of control into the air.. some of us landed well but tommy and crum got worked!
Fires off you guys are awesome, second off whats the biggest scare you've ever had? T. thanks friend! biggest scare of my life is probably every time i BASE jump. I really enjoy it but i enjoy pushing myself and that's not a place where you can make any mistakes.
J - First off, Thank-you! Second, my biggest scare actually wasn't doing a stunt myself, it was watching Jim and Tommy's stunt go wrong in the 3D film and not knowing if Jim was going to be ok.
How often do you guys revise your will? T. why would we need to revise it? i'm still surrounded by the same people / family / friends as always with the exception of my recent marriage. I don't think i have any higher odds of dying now than i did a year or even ten years ago. If anything, we take more safety precautions and learn more about how to do things right as time goes on.
What's the closest to death you've ever been? J - Grand Canyon.
T. one time i fell asleep and woke myself up with a very loud fart which echoed through the church.. I honestly thought my mom was going to kill me.
How scary was it letting Ken Block drive under you in the new Gymkhana video? and what happened to Street Bike Tommy? T. Ken Block is absolutely amazing at drifting cars and i was more worried about hitting my marks.. he only had the roads closed down for a few minutes so we didn't get many tries. on the second take i actually ended up on his roof when he tried to do a donut around me. pretty comical.
Favorite place you've ever traveled to? J - I love going to Australia! We have been doing our Nitro Live tour over there for a few years now and I love spending time on the Northern Beaches :)
T. i love my house. Built myself a playland in my back yard and it's nice to be in a place where the food and language is familiar.. a close second is costa rica and panama is my third.
When Is your new show going to air on MTV2? That show was one of my favorites while it was on. T. thanks! Our show is very difficult to film because all of the crew has other jobs. Tommy works construction. Jim works at a bicycle shop. Jolene is a stunt woman. I drive cars. Roner ski's for a living. Plus there are inevitable injuries in what we do so a lot of the story lines are years in the making. The movie comes out today but the next project will be filmed at the european Nitro circus live show's from november - december this year.. probably hitting tv's on mtv2 early next year.
Hey Travis: What did it feel like to wheelie through the whole whoop section at Washougal? T. Seriously pumped to get this question. It was one of the coolest things i've ever done in a race but it just about gave roger decoster a heart attack!
Travis: Has iRacing helped you much in prepping for NASCAR racing? T. so much. I never would have believed you could benefit so much from a video game but it's been a really great tool.. and a lot of fun.
What is the craziest/funniest stunt that never made the final cut for Nitro Circus the show or the movie? Favorite stunt of all time? T. see above for favorite stunt of all time. We filmed 3 times the amount of stunts for the movie then actually went into the final version. In my opinion, some of the funniest / scariest / best stunts will only be seen on the bonus dvd. for the movie, if it didn't follow the story line, we had to cut it..
3 Things... 1: HOLY FUCKIN' TITS IT'S TRAVIS AND JOLENE. 2: Do you ever wake up and think "Hot damn, life's good!"? And finally 3: Where can I see the Nitro Circus Movie in Canada? I don't want to pirate it.. Oh and Jolene, had a bit of a crush on you when I was 15... J - Hahaha, thanks!! CANADA!!! :) Just keep having fun! And YES, I love my life and my job and my friends :) We get to travel with our best friends and have fun scaring the crap out of ourselves!
Has there ever been a stunt that you refused to do, or simply wouldnt do? J - We all have different things we are good at and so we don't step up when it's not something we think we are capable of doing.
When going into a stunt. Is there often a lot of build up? or do you typically find it better to just say fuck it and go. Like say...jumping out of a plane with no chute. T. stunts are three parts. 1 - the idea phase.. this takes time and usually an idea morphs a lot from the initial concept. This is when you do your research and decide what's possible. You have to green or red light a project at this time and once you give the green light there is no turning back in nitro circus. 2 - the build.. I really like to build my own stunts / ramps. A lot of times very slight differences in placement or angles can completely change how manageable the stunt will be. 3 - this is what you see on tv or in the movies.. once everything is built and camera's are in place. I like to get geared up and go for it without any more delays or thinking. this is the "fuck it" phase! so, be careful what you ask for..
What are your favorite cars? J - I have a Chevy Colorado pick-up, I love it!
Have you ever watched somebody do a stunt and say "No way I'd try that"? T. Yep.. all the time.
What was your least favorite stunt? J - Thank-you. I'd say my mega-slip n' slide launch to a 55 foot backslap into the water in Jamaica...
T. any stunt i'm unprepared for is my least favorite at the time. I hate not having a plan b and possibly even a plan c if things go wrong.
Travis, what made you want to try NASCAR? T. NASCAR is the most competitive motorsport that i believe i have a chance with being successful. It will take a while, but I love the challenge.
How did you guys meet? J - We meet at a race back when we were teenagers.
How much does breaking bones set you back filming wise for nitro circus? T. it's really tough to plan for what "might" happen and the story line is constantly changing. I think that's why people are going to really enjoy this movie though. It's not a standard 3 act film.. you never know what's going to happen and it brings people on this emotional roller coaster as they watch.
I love that my hero is also from maryland! You guys are awesome. T. Crab cakes and football! haha, thanks for being a fan.
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