Sometimes, a shot is so ambitious and a director so uncompromising that no effort will be spared to bring his or her vision to life. Whether it's Stanley Kubrick cannibalizing an old Mitchell BNC camera to attach a lens designed by NASA, or Jackie Chan's insistence on doing his own, highly dangerous stunts, commitment at the expense of rationality can be the difference between a good film and a great film. While Deadpool director Tim Miller hasn't been electrocuted for his art (to our knowledge) yet, his team did build a custom hybrid camera/stunt motorcycle in order to get a shot of the snarky superhero kicking ass while bouncing through moving traffic.
"What we have with the cycle cam is a one-of-a-kind vehicle. It's the first and only of its kind right now in the business," says Regis Harrington, a stunt driver who came all the way from New Orleans to man the unwieldy machine. The cycle cam is run on electricity to keep it quiet, and mounted with over 150 lbs of equipment to it balanced and smooth. It requires a superhuman level of control to avoid crashing it, but I guess Deadpool wasn't the only superhero on set.
Check out the cycle cam in action in an exclusive clip from Deadpool's behind-the-scenes extras from the Blu-Ray/DVD release, available May 10.
Deadpool is available on Blu-Ray and DVD May 10. Learn more on the official website.