Avery trained Hammond to drive up a ramp at 40 miles per hour and roll over a car along the L.A. River, where Avery has staged stunts for movies including John Candy’s “Armed and Dangerous” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Under Avery’s tutelage, Hammond also performed a high-fall jump off the 6th Street bridge and learned how to throw fake punches in a fully choreographed fight sequence. Hammond was also thrown through a glass window and set on fire after he was coated with a special gel that protects the skin from burns.
“I probably put too much on him because it was dripping off him,’’ Avery recalled, “but he was game for it.”
Catch an encore presentation of the premiere episode of Richard Hammond’s Crash Course tonight at 10/9c on BBC America!
Cars are the bedrock of the most memorable moments in cinema history, so be prepared for a thrilling selection of races, stunts and awesome feats as Richard Hammond and James May celebrate cars on the big screen through a blend of action, amazing driving and exotic metal. Top Gear at the Movies explodes onto DVD, Blu-ray and iTunes on 14th November.