How Realistic Are the Most Exciting Movie Stunt Scenes? An Interactive Guide Breaks Them Down

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Lucasfilm

Action movies can be wildly entertaining, but are the stunts in them wildly far-fetched? Betway Insider asked scientists and industry experts to review 12 popular films released between 1997 and 2018 to find out which films pass a fact-check—and, spoiler alert, very few do.

It’s perhaps no surprise that filmmakers tend to stretch the truth a little, but what about the death-defying feats that are theoretically possible? A scene in Skyscraper (2018) where Will Sawyer (played by The Rock) climbs up a crane, runs down the arm, and then leaps to the ledge of a nearby building is implausible but not impossible. The fact that Sawyer has a prosthetic leg complicates matters a little, but NHS occupational therapist Beth Williams tells Betway she doesn’t think it would have affected his jump. The more unrealistic element, she notes, is the part where he runs across the crane “because of how carefully he’d have to place his feet.”

Likewise, a scene in Fast & Furious 7 (2015) where Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner drive off of one skyscraper and land on another “has feasible parts,” according to stuntwoman Alice Ford. “If the buildings were close enough together it is possible that the car could make it from one to the other,” she says.

As for the totally unrealistic scenes, consider the part in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) where the titular hero survives a nuclear blast by getting inside a lead-lined fridge. Not only is the material probably not strong enough to withstand the radiation, but as physics academic James Beaumont puts it, “The force exerted on Indy and the fridge is just shy of that required to send him to the moon. It’s highly unlikely that Indy would survive being catapulted into the air, never mind landing safely on the ground!” So there you have it—Indiana Jones should have died long ago.

Check out the "Mission Implausible" feature below to find out how accurate (or inaccurate) some of your favorite action flicks are.

George R.R. Martin Doesn't Think Game of Thrones Was 'Very Good' For His Writing Process

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

No one seems to have escaped the fan fury over the finals season of Game of Thrones. While likely no one got it quite as bad as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, even author George R.R. Martin—who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series upon which the show is based, faced backlash surrounding the HBO hit. The volatile reaction from fans has apparently taken a toll on both Martin's writing and personal life.

In an interview with The Guardian, the acclaimed author said he's sticking with his original plan for the last two books, explaining that the show will not impact them. “You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” he stated.

He went on to explain how even his personal life has taken a negative turn because of the show. “I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favorite thing to do in the world,” Martin said. “To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognized within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”

While fans of the book series are fully aware of the author's struggle to finish the final two installments, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, Martin admitted that part of the delay has been a result of the HBO series, and fans' reaction to it.

“I don’t think [the series] was very good for me,” Martin said. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.'"

Still, Martin has sworn that the books will get finished ... he just won't promise when.

[h/t The Guardian]

Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

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Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now for $20 before its August 27 release date.

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