– Monster Energy’s world distance record-holding snowmobile jumper Paul Thacker just called to let us know he and fellow Monster Energy/Slednecks Invasion Tour headliner and X Games Gold Medalist, Chris Burandt, are over in Riksgrandsen, Sweden, filming the ballsy parts of the extreme snowmobile footage for Vin Diesel’s new movie “Babylon AD.”
“Dude, it’s insane,” said Thacker from a phone. “Me and Burandt are doing the entire sequence for the snowmobile scene. Cliff drops, back flips, BIG air – running through fire bombs. You wouldn’t believe it. ‘Click.’” (Thacker’s gone.)
A follow-up email with some sort of solar flare explanation and Thacker’s saying they won’t let Vin Diesel come watch him and Burandt because Diesel, a huge Slednecks fan, would end up wadding himself up on a sled trying to keep up with the Monster guys. And that, of course, wouldn’t be good – having the star of the movie wrecked and all.
Turns out the stunt coordinator for “Babylon AD,” Bob Brown, saw Thacker’s recent world record snowmobile jump (245 feet) on the Internet, as well as Burandt’s Gold Medal run in this past February’s Winter X Games and contacted Slednecks’ John Keegan to get the ball rolling.
“Vin wants to come out and ride with the Slednecks and Bob won’t let him,” said Thacker. “So there’s a bunch of dudes from Sweden, like 50 to 60, following us around all day shooting pics and video. It’s crazy here!”
Next up for Monster Energy’s Thacker and Burandt is the Monster Energy/Slednecks Invasion Tour sometime this summer/fall. Stay tuned to www.monsterenergy.com for more information on this cutting edge event.
Monster Energy supports the sport. Be it snowmobiles, motocross, surf, skate, snow, BMX – name it – the athletes are rockin’ Monster Energy more than anything these days. Check out all the types – Original Monster Energy, Monster Lo-Carb, Monster Assault and the new Monster/fruit juice hybrid called “Khaos.” Paul Thacker and Chris Burandt dig ‘em – so will you. On the ‘Net at www.monsterenergy.com