Sort of. That was a very complicated shot, and we only had one chance to get it right. We duplicated the entire telegraph room on top of two steel shipping containers (the big ones they put on ships) so we’d have space to work underneath. The entire floor was made of super delicate balsa wood. You couldn’t stand on it. You could barely touch it and it would break. So we had to “fly” Brent Roam’s stunt double on cables above the floor. When the puppeteers smashed the Graboid through from below, the stunt crew tried to yank the double up at the same speed so it would look like he was carried up by the Graboid. Unfortunately, the Graboid got a little hung up and our Juan double flew up faster. Linda Drake’s visual effects people worked really hard to try to blend the action together (by adding dust and boards and trying to digitally move Juan and the Graboid closer together) but you can still tell if you look closely – and you fans always look closely, don’t you! By the way, in all the closer shots that’s really Brent Roam doing his own stunts. He loved riding the Graboid.
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