Going to work on a Monday can take a real effort – but going to work on a Monday knowing you might die takes a little bit more of an effort.
“The most dangerous stunts I have done involved crashing a motorbike into a car at over 50km/h, falling down stairs, catching on fire and sinking inside a ship,” says Morgan Chetcuti, professional stuntman.
“My favourite stunt (but not the most dangerous) was definitely the car chase and flip that I did for Paqpali in 2014. The reason is that it was performed in front of a live audience and it involved members of the Malta Police, Armed Forces of Malta and the Civil Protection Unit,” he grins.
Morgan Chetcuti is Malta’s most famous stuntman. Born and raised in Malta and Canada, and Morgan enlisted in the Armed Forces of Malta and became a member of the Maritime Squadron’s elite Rapid Deployment Team for 12 and a half years.
Then, he was asked to perform in a Russian Action feature film which was filmed in Malta in 2008. After that, everything changed.
He set up Phantom Stunts and has since starred in a series of Hollywood blockbusters, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain Philips, and Assassin’s Creed, and Sense8.
And it’s no wonder – he’s an accomplished athlete, and is proficient in everything from skydiving to scuba diving to precision driving.
“Growing up watching films like Rambo and The A-Team inspired me to join the Marines Cadets aged 13 and later, aged 18 I enlisted in the Army. This gave me some of the skills that I needed for particular action sequences that were required for my first film in 200,” he says.
Living in “The Hollywood of the Mediterranean” gave him the opportunity to work on foreign film productions first locally, then overseas.
His most recent work took him to Berlin, Paris and Naples where he took part in the Netflix show Sense8’s season finale’ and another Epix show called Berlin Station.
“These shall be released soon together with the following that were filmed in Malta: 7 Days in Entebbe, Paul Apostle of Christ, Styx and Bollywood’s ‘Thugs of Hindosan’,” he says.
While Morgan may put himself into danger willingly, it’s only because he is so well-trained and disciplined. As he says himself, “there is a very thin line between courage and stupidity!”
Anyone that thinks that they have what it takes to be a stunt performer and would like to start training can contact Morgan Chetcuti or enrol in his stunt workshop which will take place in Salerno, Italy on the 26 and 27th May.