So, you’re a Jedi who’s just looking to have a lazy Sunday (or whatever they call it), when all of a sudden you find yourself under attack from an enemy threat. Not a great day to have left your landspeeder at home, but fear not. All you have to do is focus on the part of the Force that turns you into an amazing Parkour-style free runner. That’s what stunt coordinator Ronnie Shalvis had his stunt team do for the above video, which is nearly as awe-inspiring as anything from Lucas’ latter trilogy.
Jeremy Carpenter and Sinjin Cooper are the high-flying, flip-flopping athletes seen in the video, which really has less to do with Star Wars and more to do with showing people the coolest thing you can possibly do in a belted robe. I’m certain that, from the second I was born, there is no possible alternate universe where I would have acquired either the upper or lower body strength required to vault off of the ground in such a manner that emergency medical technician droids wouldn’t have to be present at all times.
The camera work here is nearly as stunning as the stunts themselves, particularly when shown in “Epic Slo-Mo” from a distant vantage point. By the time the end came and the lightsabers lit up, I’d completely forgotten this was inspired by Star Wars. Something tells me these stunts would have been a lot harder if they took place inside the Death Star or a crowded cantina.
While it’s obvious this wasn’t the first time out for this crew, it isn’t even their first sci-fi-inspired video. A couple of months ago, the stunt team released a video called “Zombie Parkour,” which featured a newly evolved sect called the “flipping dead.” (We’ll let you draw the lines between this and The Walking Dead on your own.) Filmed in an abandoned mining building in rural Utah, this video just makes me all the more aware how lackluster my zombie survival skills would be if the undead were capable of successfully double backflipping off of walls. Check that video out below and picture how much less annoying Carl Grimes would be if he jumped off more buildings.
I’m having a hard time understanding why parkour hasn’t been added to the Olympics just yet. If rhythmic gymnastics is still a thing, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be. Extra points if you handplant a judge in the face.
Here’s another video for cold shits and giggles, as it features parkour in a winter setting, full of snow and ice and skates and other things that would give these guys’ mothers heart attacks.