Hollywood Stuntman Larry Rippenkroeger Set to Make Directorial Debut with Jet Ski High-Octane Action Film HOT WATER | The Fan Carpet

Hollywood Stuntman Larry Rippenkroeger Set to Make Directorial Debut with Jet Ski High-Octane Action Film HOT WATER


17 May 2018

Everyone knows high-speed supercar films are a guaranteed box office smash, but now there is a new kind of high-octane action coming to our screens, written, produced and directed by none other than a former personal watercraft (PWC) champion!

Larry Rippenkroeger, who also works as a stunt double to Hollywood superstars such as Bruce Willis, dominated the PWC scene back in the late 80s and 90s when he competed in the sport. Now he is excited to be in the production stage of his debut film Hot Water, which is set to land in cinemas and movie theatres next spring. The action-comedy centers around competitors of a fictional PWC championship tour as they battle it out for the title.

To gather second-unit footage for the film, throughout summer, Larry and his crew are taking to PWC events. They recently stopped off at Powerboat P1’s inaugural Miami event where action from the biggest and baddest PWC competition, P1 AquaX, unfolded!

Speaking to Powerboat P1, Larry explained his excitement for being at the Miami event. He said “The P1 events are exciting. I see a lot of love for the sport, a lot of energy and it’s growing and growing so I would love to see this event turn into an annual one. It’s a perfect venue to race too.”

 

 

He also spoke about his career and where he first found the inspiration for the Hot Water film, Larry said “When I used to race I had many surreal moments where I was reaching top speeds with stunning skylines as company. In those moments I found myself thinking ‘wow this is like something out of a movie’.

From there, I made it my life ambition to bring the excitement of PWC racing to the silver screen, one day. It may have been a long time in the making, but it’s so awesome that it’s finally happening.”

An injury caused Larry to bow out of competitive PWC racing in the 90s but that was by no means his last foray with marine watersport. He went on to pursue a career as a stunt double and what a colorful career he has had so far. Larry has performed the stunts for many high-profile blockbusters and most notable of all, spent 10 years working as Bruce Willis’ official stunt double. Working alongside the star, Larry featured in some of the actor’s most iconic films including Sin City, Hostage and The Whole Ten Yards as well as the latter chapters of the Die Hard franchise – Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard.

Larry explained how it was during filming for Live Free or Die Hard that saw his own film really begin to find legs “During filming for Live Free or Die Hard, I fell from 25ft tall scaffolding where I came out with life-changing injuries including two broken arms, a skull fracture, a punctured lung, fractured ribs and other serious injuries. It took me a whole two years to recover and it was during this time out that I was able to properly sit down and write the screenplay for Hot Water. It’s kind of sad but it literally took me to take a serious hit, to write the script. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I was going from film to film before my accident. You could say the accident was both the best and worst thing that has ever happened to me.”

While the cast for Hot Water is yet to be officially confirmed, one thing for sure is that with Larry’s personal background in PWC racing, his association with Hollywood films and continued passion for the high-speed sport, Hot Water is sure to be an unmissable flick.

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9 Comments

  1. John
    May 18, 2018 at 6:52 am — Reply

    Awesome to hear, hammer, Macc, RIC Roy, who else for cemeo?

  2. Mike
    May 21, 2018 at 8:44 pm — Reply

    Would love to be part of this

  3. Lisa Price
    May 21, 2018 at 11:53 pm — Reply

    STOKED for Larry this thing is finally getting it’s legs….Ive heard there’s some exciting news coming regarding casting too!

  4. Gene
    May 22, 2018 at 3:38 am — Reply

    So awesome! Can’t wait
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  5. Robert Pernice
    May 22, 2018 at 4:04 am — Reply

    Larry will be the best man for this movie, his heart & soul are in PWC racing and stunt work, nobody could do this better ! Save me a seat for the debut !

  6. Bob Phares
    May 22, 2018 at 4:21 am — Reply

    So great to hear about this venture. Having known Larry from his first time on a Jet Ski, statement about “something out of a movie”
    Has also struck me so many times in my riding career.
    Best of luck to all involved

  7. Laurie Smith
    May 23, 2018 at 12:42 am — Reply

    So awesome! Watched Larry racing jet skis when I was a kid in the 80s, watched my brother become part of he scene, and then joined in the ranks myself. He was always such an inspiration to fellow racers and it’s been so fun watching him on the big screen! Can’t wait to see this new movie! We’ll done Larry.

  8. Ty McFarland
    May 26, 2018 at 9:26 pm — Reply

    Can’t wait Larry!!!

  9. Ty McFarland
    May 26, 2018 at 9:27 pm — Reply

    I know a guy with a lot of skis to use!!!

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