Jason Paul has credited martial arts hero Jackie Chan as the inspiration for his latest free running escapade, in which he transforms Munich Airport into an urban playground.
The German only got into parkour by default when he and a friend watched a clip back in 2005. Since, he has jumped from rooftops in Sarajevo and hurled himself from shipping containers across the world.
But for his latest video adventure, “Last Call for Mr Paul”, he checks in at the last minute for a Lufthansa flight to Ibiza and has a perilous dash to make it on board.
Watch the video here:
Of his inspiration for the video, Paul said:
To me Jackie Chan was an absolute inspiration. In preparation for the film shoot, I watched all of his movies, every single one of them. Watching how he connects action and story with his stunts was particularly helpful. I also watched the Thai movie Ong Bak. That was pretty inspiring as well.
Paul, whose motto is that “I love trying new things”, uses every facet of the German airport to take him past fellow passengers as quickly as possible in order to make his flight, in what he calls ‘my personal version of Mission Impossible’.
Jumping along conveyor belts of bemused passengers, using a luggage trolley to power him along and hurling himself into an airport buggy are among the innovative ways for him to get around in the three-and-a-half minute clip.
Of the shoot, Paul said:
Despite a few 18-hour-days I absolutely enjoyed the shoot. To me it was a truly unique experience. When else do you have the pleasure of utilising an airport like the one in Munich the way you as free runner have always dreamed about?
Understandably, the bus stunt was his hardest. He revealed:
As far as timing is concerned that was probably the hardest trick of all. It took us several takes to wrap this particular shot up. Up until that sequence was a wrap we didn’t quite know, if it was actually possible. In the end, we made that fantasy a reality as well, despite all the time pressure and the waning sunlight.
With his speed and agility, Paul makes catching a plane a full on adventure. If we had his skills, we certainly wouldn’t be bothering with the two hour wait either.