As the host of Hollywood Weapons, veteran and martial artist Terry Schappert recreates some of the most iconic action sequences from TV and film. We got the chance to chat with Schappert before the Season 2 premiere, to find out which moments will be tackled this season. Read our interview below, and catch the Season 2 premiere of Hollywood Weapons this Saturday, February 24th at 7:3o/6:30c on Outdoor Channel.
How did you get involved in the project? What excited you the most about the premise of the show?
I had worked with Outdoor Channel previously on a show call Elite Tactical Unit, back in 2012/2013, and we had always wanted to work together on another project. When [Outdoor Channel SVP] Tim Cremin came to me with this premise, I was really excited. I spent almost 25 years in the Green Berets, and put an acting career on hold. Once I retired, I thought now I can take a crack at it! The show recreates scenes from iconic action films and TV shows. I’ve always enjoyed action movies, they are such a big part of American culture. And hey, I get to blow things up and have fun doing it!
What’s it like working with [weapons expert] Larry Zanoff—how do you think your unique backgrounds help keep the show balanced?
Working with Larry is great! He’s actually a really funny guy, he is very dry whereas I’m more like a teenager. I always say he’s the adult in the room and I’m the child. We always learn something new about each other every time we work together, and in Season 2 you’ll learn a lot more about us. While we have a lot of fun with what we do, we take safety very seriously—what we’re doing on Hollywood Weapons is serious stuff.
Can you tease out a few of the experiments you’ll be conducting this season?
This season, we’ll be testing a lot of great iconic scenes. The season opener is Quigley Down Under. We rely heavily on viewer feedback, and we got a lot of requests for Quigley Down Under. I actually got to meet and interview Tom Selleck, he’s a great guy! We also tackle that famous scene from Underworld with Kate Beckinsale, where she spins in a circle and shoots out the floor. And an added bonus: when we’re doing the experiments, I dress like the characters as well! There’s also a Samurai sword scene from X Men, and of course we had to do James Bond!
So many of the experiments you’re conducting are based on scenarios from film and TV. What are some of your favorite shows/movies?
I’m a big fan of 70s cop shows, so would really like to do more of those! I grew up watching Rockford Files and Magnum PI. But I like a lot of genres: horror/Sci-Fi, fantasy with swords and sorcery—really anything that is action packed! The idea for Hollywood Weapons is not to disprove a scene, but to see if it can really be done!
What are some experiments you’d love to bring to life going forward?
There will be some WW2 movie stuff, and hopefully some more Medieval sword play. The sky is the limit! In the end we just care about the audience and what they want. We really do rely heavily on suggestions from our fans on what they want to see next. For those of you that have taken the time to send in suggestions, NO I WILL NOT TRY AND OUTRUN A FIREBALL! Okay well… I’m not saying for sure I won’t, but come on!