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AMERICAN GLADIATORS

What can I say? I jousted Zap into a frenzy! Host Mike Adamle looked at me and whispered, "Are you OK?" During my AG tenure, I accidentally ripped a behemouth's top off (accident!), made Gladiators jump voluntarily off a pedestal in terror, hung by a shoestring from a 32 foot wall with a large person attached, was double-teamed and body slammed by a great athlete, and saw myself run full speed 20 feet across a balance beam and look studly awesome.  Click here to view the episode.
 

REAL CHANCE OF LOVE

Filming an exciting episode at the world-famous Venice Beach, I dazzled the live audience in the ring featuring me in a fierce tag-team match. Our tag-team foursome then took 17 lovely lady students through the paces of wrestling training using eye-popping costumes and hard-core combat moves. These 2 episodes I co-stunt-coordinated garnered the popular show their highest ratings ever!
I'm shown in the striped referee outfit!

MARLEY and ME

In a beautiful park (right) in Coconut Grove, FL, stuntwoman Podesta is positioned for action with a small meat-filled metal canister affixed to her collar waiting patiently for one of the 17 large labrador retrievers utilized in the film to charge at her from 30 feet away. POW! She flies backwards and Owen Wilson asks, "Joni, are you okay," in his distinct voice. Jennifer Aniston, not in the scene, stands on the sideline with her two bodyguards.

BARE KNUCKLES

Imagine this: A bevy of great stuntwomen are chauffeured up the hills of Malibu to a beautiful castle where we are escorted to our private dressing rooms awaiting our 'winner-take-all' bare-fisted boxing matches. We wrap our hands with aplomb and begin our single-elimination matches with a stunning view of the Pacific sands.

 

DUKES of HAZZARD: the BEGINNING

In this silly prequel to the much-loved television show, I am a despicable teacher that needs to be eliminated. I perform a dangerous near-hit by a reckless ATV that is being chased by lingerie-clad women. I then skid to the edge of an extremely high window ledge and barely survive  this  nail-biting stunt in this classic campy film.

MILLION DOLLAR BABY

Portraying the Yugoslavian Boxer, I arrived at the set at the Hollywood Athletic Club with my camouflage outlined trunks and an attitude. Alas, I was just a 'stepping-stone' the Jamaican Boxer to knock out a larger woman on her journey to a bout with Hilary Swank. Hilary and I shared our own private dressing room with her two dogs where she remarked to me, "You look like a real boxer." Here I am (right) still in my braids relaxing after a long day's shoot.

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