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Interview with Darcy Hinds

Darcy Hinds is an actor and stuntman known for his work on X-Men: Apocalypse, Riverdale, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, The 100, Altered Carbon and more.

1. For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?

For people who might not know me, my name is Batman, haha kidding, my name is Darcy Hinds. I’m an actor, stuntman and former boxing champion located in Vancouver Canada. I’ve worked on some very cool films and tv shows such as X-men, Supernatural, Arrow, Supergirl, and Riverdale to name a few.

2. When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

I’ve known that I wanted to become an actor since around age 8 watching movies like Superman and seeing action actors like Bruce Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger… Also, I remember back then seeing an ad in the paper of a film looking for young actors. I asked my mom if I could do it but it wasn’t possible for some reason. Those are my first memories of wanting to be an actor. 

3. What can you disclose about your upcoming fight on “Riverdale”?

On “Riverdale”, I had the amazing opportunity to be an action actor doing the three things that I love, acting, stunts, and boxing. I play a cool character named Randy Van Ronson that Archie Andrews decides to box against. Randy wins the first match in episode 313 which you can find on Netflix now. The second episode 318 comes out this Wednesday, April 17th on CW and Thursday on Netflix. This episode you can find these two characters battling it out again, both doing whatever they can to win.

Archie_Ronson_Boxing000014. What do you love most about your job as a stuntman?

What I love the most is working alongside awesome stuntmen and stuntwomen that love their job too. I’ve made so many great friends. I also love the mentality, special ability, and physicality that is needed in every stunt. I love showing up on set ready to fight, take a hard fall, a hard hit or whatever dangerous situation is needed at that time. Knowing my body and mind can do it all under these intense moments on set because of many years of experience and hard training.

5. Did you ever injure yourself while working on a project?

The job of a stuntman is to make the stunt as cool as possible but also not to get hurt. Unfortunately, it’s rare not to finish a job without at least some bumps and bruises somewhere. I like to think I do a good job of protecting myself for every stunt but I do remember a couple of times getting hurt. For example, smashing and cutting my leg on Supergirl jumping from one desk top to another and then through a glass window. Another time hitting my head on the pavement during a big rumble on Arrow. Even boxing on Riverdale I took a couple hits to the head to make the shots on Tv look good.

6. What did you learn about the industry that you can share with aspiring actors?

What I learned about the industry that I can share with other actors and stunt performers is don’t give up! It actually took me about 50 auditions before I landed my first acting role on Supernatural. At least 5 years to get my fist Stunt credit. If you love something and want it then don’t quit. It’ll come if you love it enough. 

7. Who did you love working with on a past project and why?

I would have to say the last individual person I recall working with that sticks out is Luke Perry from Riverdale and 90210. Not because of his unfortunate passing a few weeks ago but because I grew up watching him as a kid and then had the amazing opportunity to work with him. Although it was only for one day I remember talking with him in the cast holding and he was super cool, nice and very encouraging. I was fortunate to have some great conversation with him and he even told me I should keep the boxing shorts from the show because they were so cool! Also, I remember after KJ and I did a boxing take Luke said, “Darcy that looks awesome, it’s going to be great”!

image3.jpeg8. What show could you do for years?

Oh hahaha. I always tell people my dream job would be Acting on Hawaii Five-0. To work and live in a Hawaii for a few years would be amazing!! 

9. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

One of my biggest accomplishment so far is never giving up and loving my career as an actor/ stuntman and also a Champion Boxer. A lot of people have jobs or careers that they don’t love so I feel very blessed and grateful every day. 

10. What’s the most recent show you’ve binge-watched?

To be honest I don’t watch much TV! I do love watching epic movies though like Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator… or comedies like Old School, Forgetting Sarah Marshal… I also like documentaries and some reality shows and there is one, in particular, I do watch called, The First 48. It’s about real life detectives and how they need a lead in the first 48 hours to help catch a suspect. 

11. What is your best memory from any set?

My best memory from a set or a film is the experience of working on X-men Apocalypse. I was paid to fly and stay in Montreal for ten days shooting this awesome film. It was an amazing experience working and living in a new city even for ten days. Working during the day and going out exploring at night. I played an Egyptian Guard and got ratcheted against a wall and then fell to the ground in that film. Haha, good times. 

12. Do you have a secret talent?

Well everyone knows I’m a very good boxer but what few people know is I’m also a great juggler! I took up juggling 12 years ago to help with my boxing and today I can juggle at least ten different ways.

13. What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

One piece of advice I’d give to my younger self is to invest in Microsoft haha kidding. I would say to my younger self don’t stress about anything, anyone or any situation. It’ll all work out 😉In conclusion, I am very grateful for my career in Film and TV and all the wonderful amazingly talented people I’ve met along the way. 

Thank you so much to Darcy for the interview! You can find out more about him and his work on:

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