The son of legendary action actor, Chatchapol “Pod” Kulsiriwutthichai, has managed to find his own fame as a stuntman in Scorpion King III and with his latest role, as the lead this time, in Kod Su Kod So.

BK: What were you doing before becoming a stuntman?
I decided to drop out of university after two weeks because I wanted to work and earn money. At that time, my father was also very sick. He was in the terminal stage of lung cancer and I wanted to be with him, more than worrying about studying.

BK: Why did you want to become a stuntman?
My father was an action actor but I was also inspired by Ja Panom [Tony Ja]. I was just amazed by his performances so I asked my mom to call Panna Ritthigrai, Thailand’s famous stunt master, to see if he could help me become a stuntman. Luckily, Panna was in the process of forming a new team of stuntmen so he asked me to audition.

BK: How did the audition go?
I had studied taekwondo, so I performed those moves for the audition. There were around a hundred people taking part but only eight people got picked.

BK: How did they train you?
We had to train intensively for three months. I think it was harder than military training. The first day, I couldn’t eat because I was so tired and would throw up if I ate anything. We covered everything from gymnastics and muay Thai to how to make a fight look real or how to avoid injury while still making things look great for the camera.

BK: What was your first job?
I helped out the stuntmen in King Naresuan II and then appeared as a stuntman in Chocolate and Somtam. Then I played the spirit of Ramil (Athip Nana) in Opapatika—the make-up took 4 hours! I also played the stunt double for Metanee “Lookked” Kinpayom in Lek Lhai because we are the same height even if she’s a woman.

BK: What is the most dangerous stunt you’ve ever done?
It has to be in Kod Su Kod Su, my new movie. The director, Panna, packed it full of stunts. One scene has 14 stuntmen falling from a two-story building. I nearly missed the safety boxes but the crew moved the safety sheet just in time.

BK: What about your international work?
Our Fight Club team featured in Hong Kong movies like Shanghai and Elephant White, where I had to run on the roof of a train. Now we’re doing Scorpion King III, which is being shot in Kanchanaburi. I feel making Thai movies is more difficult because on international movies, everything is already set up. In Thai movies we have to create the stunt scene from scratch.

BK: Aren’t you ever afraid that you’re going to be hurt?
No. I love it. I never get tired of doing this. It’s like a hobby, not a job.


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