Robert Nagle

Biscuit Rig

Robert Nagle was still racing cars professionally when he saw Ronin for the first time. The Euro-set chases in the 1998 Robert De Niro thriller were a massive undertaking that involved over 300 stunt professionals and would go on to become lionized as the best of all time. Like most, Bullitt was a favorite from his childhood, but Nagle was awed by what the Ronin team accomplished with a few Peugeots and the tunnels of Paris. “It’s the most realistic. They really sold the speed, had some really great drivers doing those pieces, and just the way they shot it, it came out spectacular. I walked away going, ‘How did they do that?’. I needed to figure out how they did some of those pieces because they were done so well.” Many of us had the same connection — a sense of wonder at the raw ability of the sequences to pummel adrenal glands marked by that natural, amateur illusionist curiosity of how the filmmakers pulled it off. Soon after Ronin‘s release, Nagle would transition into the industry himself with Michael Mann’s The Insider, officially becoming a part of the machine that made him simultaneously pump his fist and scratch his head. In a little over a decade, Nagle has amassed an impressive amount of movies under his seat belt, and throughout his stunt driving career, he’s worked with a large magician’s wand called The Biscuit Rig. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ll recognize its work, because for many action movies made this century, […]

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