Stunts, Stars And Legends: Bronco McLoughlin
Artwork and articles by John Hagner (Artist of the Stars)
Bronco McLoughlin is an Irish actor, stuntman and animal trainer with more than 30 years experience in Hollywood movies. He has performed and co-ordinated stunts in such films as: “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), “Indiana Jones and the last Crusade (1989) in which the opening scenes were filmed in Moab, “Total Recall” (1990) “Troy” (2004), and was an actor in “Gangs of New York” (2002).
Bronco made a trip to Moab to visit with John Hagner (Founder of the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame) and received his Certificate of Induction and was footprinted in cement to commemorate his work in movies. Hagner made a special illustration for this occasion.
Movies Made in Moab
LIGHTNING JACK (1994)
Starring: Paul Hogan, as well as Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beverly D’Angelo. Filming took place in Santa Fe, Tucson, Moab, and Page, Arizona.
Story: Paul Hogan plays Lightning Jack Kane, a longsighted Australian outlaw in the American West, with his horse, Mate. After the rest of the gang he is a member of is killed in a robbery that went wrong, Jack survives only to read of the events in the newspapers that he was nothing next to others. Annoyed at not being recognized as an outlaw, Jack attempts a robbery by himself, and winds up taking a young mute Ben Doyle, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. as his hostage. He later discovers that, tired of never been treated with respect due to his disability, Ben wishes to join him. Jack attempts to teach Ben how to handle a gun and rob banks, with his first attempt at on-the-job training ending with Ben actually shooting himself in the foot. Across the course of the training, they pay occasional visits to saloons where Jack shows Ben the truth about adult life, including helping him to lose his virginity. But, the true nature of the saloon visits is for Jack to make contact with showgirl Lana Castel (Beverly d’Angelo), who, unbeknownst to Jack, is madly in love with him. When Ben’s training is complete, the pair learn of a bank which is said to be the hardest in the country to rob with the entire town armed and ready to protect it. Jack sees this as the test he has been waiting for, and together they hatch a plan to rob it. Everything seems to be going smoothly and they are set to begin, until Jack discovers that a rival gang of outlaws is also planning to rob the bank.
He is prepared to give up when Ben has a plan of his own. Ben silently tips off the townspeople, who quickly swarm the bank with the rival outlaws inside. The gang are arrested and the entire town celebrates, allowing Jack and Ben to slip unnoticed into the bank and swiftly strip it clean. Before leaving, Jack jumps into the celebrations, ensuring that his grinning face appears at the top of the town photo. By the time the true robbery is discovered, the pair and Lana are gone, with a bounty of thousands on their heads and all of America searching for them -the life that Jack had always wanted.
|If interested in learning more about the Hall of Fame, please contact John Hagner (Founder) at 435 260-2160.
Hall of Fame website: www.stuntmen.org
John Hagner (Founder) is also the Artist of the Stars.
His Celebrity Portrait Drawings are available at telephone 435-259-7000,
50 W. 400 N, Moab, Utah 84532.
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