Posts Tagged ‘Mike Rooftop Escamilla’

One sure-fire way to get me to tune into a movie is to open with some sick BMX action, like this:

The clip is from the 2006 teen dramedy Stick It. Although I was curious about the film, being a former aspiring gymnast, my interest wasn’t piqued until I saw the intro (Plano, Texas does not look like that by the way). Even if that was all the action sports action, I thoroughly enjoyed the film and its rebellious BMX-riding gymnast lead.

The main character, Haley, had to stunt doubles: Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla and Scotty Cranmer, who also rode for the character named Poot. Ben Snowden did stunts for the third BMXer, Frank.

Rooftop is no stranger to the silver screen. He and Rick Throne played thieves named Blitzen and Cupid in Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009). Both riders also starred, along with Mat Hoffman and other action sports athletes, in xXx (2002) although they didn’t do any riding there.

Probably the biggest movie with a bit of BMX is E.T. (1982). Bob Haro, the “godfather of BMX”, was one of the stunt riders. He jumped out of the second floor and wore a black ski mask in the chase scene.
E.T., From the official facebook page of Bob Haro
Photo from Bob Haro’s facebook page.

BMX appeared to be a trend in the 80s with movies like BMX Bandits and Rad! The latter actually contains another link to gymnastics as Olympian Bart Conner had a cameo in the BMX film.

For more info on BMX in movies and television, check out this page from 23MAG.

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Remember my post about pro BMX riders Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla and Zach “Catfish” Yankush teaming up with Japanese fashion blogger La Carmina? It was for their new show Strangers in Danger, and the spooky cute author and her friends had quite the adventure in store for the daredevil duo. Check out the clip below:

Saline inflation is a form of extreme body modification that has taken off in the Tokyo underground recently. A saline drip is set up, and the needle is placed inserted under the skin. To learn more, check out this article from Bizarre Magazine.

Catfish and Rooftop also got to experiencing drifting and sumo wrestling while in Japan.

From the Strangers in Danger website

Strangers in Danger pushes these crazy bikers to their limits and beyond. You get to see what makes them cringe, shrink in fear, and curse in pain (since imposing ramps and hard crashes on a bike don’t seem to do the trick). Catch the show Tuesdays at 10:30 PM Eastern on Fuel TV, or check out the full episode on the website.

I’ve come across more cool stuff on facebook this past week. The first is an update from blogger La Carmina about the adventures of Catfish and Rooftop in Japan. In a recent post, she revealed that she and her partner-in-crime Naomi will be leading BMX pros Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla and Zach “Catfish” Yankush, around Japan for their new show Strangers in Danger. Knowing La Carmina’s penchant for introducing newcomers to the wacky subcultures of Japan, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the duo. I wonder if it’ll be anything like this:

The other facebook finding comes from my dieselpunk friend Larry. What’s dieselpunk you ask? It’s a genre and subculture that combines technology and science with the aesthetics of the eras spanning the 1920s to the 1950s. Think Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Hellboy, The Big O, and even Indiana Jones. Anyway, Larry linked a dieselpunk blog post about a speed queen of that era. Before there was Danica Patrick, Shirley “Cha-Cha” Muldowney, and Michèle Mouton, there was Grand Prix driver Hellé Nice. Her life was very interesting so I highly recommend checking out that post.
Helle Nice
Photo by Jean-Pierre Poiter, Random House