The One Who Did The Dirty Work – He’S The Man Who Was Stuntman Bud Spencer In 27 Movies

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Giancarlo Bastianoni has spent 35 years residing in Rio de Janeiro. The 1.91-meter-tall Italian stuntman, however, has faced horrific hazards before, including riding wild horses, operating a burning automobile, and jumping off cliffs. Although he doesn’t resemble Bud Spencer at all, he served as one of his stuntmen in a number of movies starting in the 1960s. This intriguing fact is revealed in Levente Király’s book, The Unbeatable Couple. The legendary hero of spaghetti westerns and action movies has shot scenes in Kuala Lumpur, the former Yugoslavia, Hong Kong, and the Almera Desert.

Giancarlo met Pedersoli when he was Lex Barker’s double in Tarzan. The Italian actor-stuntman appeared in a total of twenty-seven films with Bud Spencer.

 

“When I finished one of the jobs, I met Carlo Pedersoli on the set of a short film. Pedersoli told me, listen here, work with me, I need you, ride for me. He really didn’t like riding. I looked completely different from him. I was very thin, but they dressed me up, gave me a wig and a beard, so I became like him (here he is referring to the scenes in Golden Falls in Yucca, where he rode instead of Bud in the distant shots – ed.).

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I didn’t work hard for him; instead, I just planned the humorous wrestling sequences. Bud Spencer, who was born in Naples and was usually cheerful, was a remarkable man. I dated him for eighteen years and appeared in all of his movies. The first was the second, the right and left hands of the devil. We collaborated on a large number of movies, including the Piedone series. They produced one movie a year with Terence Hill, but I worked with him on two or three projects a year where he was the star.

A week before the filming of Piedone in Hong Kong, Giancarlo Bastianoni traveled to the location with the assistant producer and production manager. First they went to Bangkok and then to Hong Kong to see the filming locations.

“I always went ahead to test if the hotel was good or if the food was good. He always sent me ahead to survey the terrain and taste the food”

says Bastianoni.

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