Meet the Kiwi stuntman working on Meg

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Publish Date
Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 10:30PM
Jason Statham and Allan Poppleton. Photo / Instagram.
Jason Statham and Allan Poppleton. Photo / Instagram.

Meg, the movie about the prehistoric shark is currently filming in and around Auckland. Spy has managed to track down the man behind all the stunts for the upcoming movie - Allan Poppleton. Married to Truebliss singer Erika Takas, Poppleton is no stranger to working with Hollywood hardman Jason Statham. They previously worked together on Mechanic Resurrection which came out in August this year.

He also worked on Central Intelligence with The Rock and Kevin Hart as the fight and stunt co-ordinator. Poppleton and Takas attended the premiere in Los Angeles back in June.

Poppleton is now back in Auckland working as the stunt co-ordinator on Meg. He has posted lots of fantastic behind-the-scenes photos and videos from filming to his Instagram page.


Deployment and rescue drills - how's the technique @nzlifeguards ...??? #MEG #stunts #waterskills

A video posted by Allan Poppleton (@alpop.stunts) on Sep 1, 2016 at 1:45am PDT

Today he posted a couple of shots from filming - he even kept it in the family when he got his daughter Scarlett to participant in some of the stunts. From the look on her face, she's loving it.

Great work today team...!!!! 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 #megmovie #stunts #makingmovies #watersports

A photo posted by Allan Poppleton (@alpop.stunts) on Oct 11, 2016 at 1:41am PDT

Meanwhile, co-stars Rainn Wilson and Ruby Rose are on set in Auckland.

He's only happy when it Rainns... @rainnwilson I'll leave the jokes to him 😖🤓 #megmovie

A photo posted by Ruby Rose (@rubyrose) on Oct 10, 2016 at 10:21pm PDT

The star of the movie, Jason Statham is staying in Queenstown, where he spent the weekend sight-seeing with fiancee Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Read more: Jason Statham relaxes with fiancee 

But it's not all rest and relaxation - Statham was back at the gym yesterday making sure he was keeping in shape for the demanding role.

Big thanks to Braden Lee @industrialfitnessnz. Great gym and all the knowledge!

A photo posted by Jason Statham (@jasonstatham) on Oct 10, 2016 at 11:05am PDT