The stuntman is the guy behind the guy. While the stars prowl the red carpet like self-involved jungle cats, the humble stuntman is brushing shards of glass from his pick-up truck and resting his bruised body by the fire. He gets no thanks, but professional Ian Van Temperley doesn’t mind.

“I’ve wanted to do this all my life and it doesn’t bother me that I’m not the star. I love each stunt. Every time you’re in pre-production people want something better and more unusual than the last one. You need a good imagination for this job.”

Now 39, the Cheshire-born stuntman has been in the industry for 14 years. He’s jumped off buildings, been set on fire and fallen off countless horses for dozens of films, including Casino Royale, Gladiator, Sleepy Hollow and The Bourne Ultimatum, as well as TV shows like Band Of Brothers.

“Some of the stuff we did for this FHM shoot was pretty difficult,” he says. “Fire is always a danger and is especially hard with horses. You have to get them to trust you as they’re not stupid – if they get hurt they won’t do it again.”

 

Photography Assistants: Andrew Leo and Steve Mushka.

Fashion Assistant: Nikki Ahmed. Grooming: Aaron Dorn at www.aarondorn.com using Redken Men.

Stunt co-ordinator: Dave Judge at www.stuntsint.com Special effects supervisor: Alastair Vardy at www.thefxforge.co.uk. Safety supervisors: Kerry Kisses Dunne and Ben Wade. Horses courtesy of House of Flying Horses (www.flying-horses.co.uk)