As I walk into the studio with Miguel Chavez – He’s getting ready to do some risky and dangerous stunts that make me question how he doesn’t have any broken limbs by now. But really, who is Miguel Chavez? The man, the myth, the stunt legend. That’s who he is. He is the kind of guy you would see on America ninja warrior and clear the field with ease. Miguel has this kind of personality that draws a crowd in.
How did you find yourself doing what it is you’re doing?
"How did I find myself doing stunts? For my thesis film I needed a stunt coordinator, so I hired this guy named Jack Quang. He started offering classes later after I graduated, so I decided f*ck it ill take the classes because I like jack and I wanted to see him again. It was a mixture of me liking it and not letting Jack down which is why I stayed in the class."
What goes on in your day to day when you’re doing stunts?
"What we learn here is straight up meat and potato stunts. I know how to fall through glass, I know how to do high falls, I know how to fall down stairs, and I know a mixture of different martial arts. I know how to get my ass kicked and make it look good. So, if you’re the star of the movie, I’ll make you look good."
Besides Jack, is there anybody that you look up to?
"I guess someone else that I look up that I like is this guy named Aubrey Marcus. He’s the CEO of Onnit. It’s a health company. That dude is the sh*t you know, he’s woke, he’s thriving, and he’s a good man and I like that."
"I know how to get my ass kicked and make it look good. So, if you're the star of the movie, I'll make you look good."
What’s the most dangerous stunt you’ve ever performed?
"So far, I was a stunt double for an actor called Zu-Yung Soon. He’s a big actor in china so it was kind of cool. I ran up a flight of stairs and knocked out henchmen number 1, then I knock out these other two henchmen and the third one gives me a roundhouse kick to the face. I fall on the handrail then I fall down another handrail and hit the concrete floor. In stunts they call it ground-pounding and that was a serious ground-pounding. One thing Jack always says is: “oh you’re wearing padding so you’re fine!” And you’re fine but still you’re falling on a concrete floor. It still sucks I mean it’s still taking some type of hit." Is there any advice you want to give to other people who are trying to follow your footsteps?
"Oh man, uh I don’t really see myself in that sense but take a class! Miguel: My advice if we’re going to get heartfelt about it: be brave and be okay with sucking. Stunts are such a small part of my life, I’m not just a stunt person."
Ever since graduating from Woodbury University in 2018 with a degree in film making, he has been relentlessly training at to Stunts in Motion in Glendale. His energy is encapsulating and like an electric charge and if you’re around him long enough, he’ll transfer it to you. He’s been working on himself and his stunt career with the hopes of working in Japan to become a professional stunt double. Miguel strives to be the best version of himself that he could ever be with help from his mentor and best friend, Jack Quang, his mentor. He has been all around the world seeing what it has to offer.