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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:36 PM

Stan is in Los Angeles right now. He was contacted by a television show, and they flew him out today...



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:19 AM

Is Stan still performing?  Last couple of pics I saw of him, he looked like he'd lost a lot of weight but could be the camera angle.

 

He is someone that I truly see as a legend. 



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:37 PM

Stan has lost close to 70 pounds over the last 10 years, probably 40 in the last three years. I think his job just eats the weight off him.

 

He still works out, but he is not the steel bender than he once was. The one thing he can do better than ever is bend pennies. Not the kind of thing that wins crowds, but probably the most difficult of feats.

 

To me, Stan was both a pioneer and a unique branch of the performing strongman family tree.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 09:41 PM

Does Stan wrap them at all when he bends them?



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 10:55 AM

No, just chalk and some kind of sticky (I think)



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 11:45 AM

I spoke with Mike Roy ("The Destroyer") on the phone today. It turns out he didn't even know this film was completed. (He was aware it was being made, but hadn't heard anything about the progress.) His bending exploits are featured in a few scenes: he's all excited to go watch it now.

 

Believe it or not, Mike now weighs 140 lbs--he's weighed this for about the past five years--and his bending strength is virtually unchanged from when he weighed close to 280 (which I suspect is near what he weighed in the scenes featured in the movie).


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 05:31 PM

140 Pounds? Huh?



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 08:21 PM

Yep. He lost all the weight a few years ago when he got into coaching his sons' hockey team. Here he is in 2012 on the French equivalent of "America's Got Talent":

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=p3LeHhRHP50



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:14 PM

Yep. He lost all the weight a few years ago when he got into coaching his sons' hockey team. Here he is in 2012 on the French equivalent of "America's Got Talent":

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=p3LeHhRHP50

Is Mike not very tall? I don't see him being 140...



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:20 PM

Trust me -- he's 140. I'm not sure about his exact height. Maybe 5'7". He's competed in a number of armwrestling tournaments that I've organized (including the 2011 Canadian Championships), and I've seen him step on the scale.



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:02 PM

Trust me -- he's 140. I'm not sure about his exact height. Maybe 5'7". He's competed in a number of armwrestling tournaments that I've organized (including the 2011 Canadian Championships), and I've seen him step on the scale.

Okay, at 5'7"...I thought he was taller, makes sense.



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Posted 29 May 2014 - 03:04 PM

I finally got to watch the movie!  Twice!!   :grin:   It is basically like everyone who has seen it has said: a sometimes moving, sometimes sad, sometimes crazy, but always fascinating character study.  Stan is a very unique kind-of-guy.  It was never boring watching him in his quest for "greatness," and interacting with his family members.  There was some eye-opening stuff, but a  very well-made movie.  

 

I would have loved to have seen more footage from the dinner and a lot more stuff on bending and some shows.  But, I know that I wasn't necessarily the "target audience" for this movie, and its contents and subject-matter reflect that.  My finance loved it and she is not really a "feats-of-strength" kind of fan (aside from mine)   ;)  I've been a bender for many years, and am still a fan of these types of feats, and I really liked (not loved) the movie.  It might not appeal to everyone, but was well-made, had a lot of interesting drama and is definitely worth getting and/or watching!



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 09:05 AM

I think it was about two months ago that Stan's brother Mike, the seriously addicted fellow featured in the movie, had died. My wife, "Facebook Friends" with whoever is impersonating Stan on Facebook (I guarantee you Stan has never made a computer post in his life), had read about it.

 

Stan called me up last night. It was the first time I had spoken to him in about 6 months.

 

He said his brother died of Liver Cancer. He was diagnosed, immediately went into the hospital, never came out, and was dead in two weeks. Stan is 57. I think his brother was under 50. 

 

Years ago, after I saw the movie in the theater, someone asked Director Zach Levy the status of brother Mike. His response was "He's alive". In interviews, the same response. A few years ago, I asked Stan if his brother had ever been to Rehab. "Rehab? Rehab?", followed by laughter...the answer was yes, many times. The brother's onscreen use of crack cocaine was one of the most disturbing scenes I have ever seen on film. Stan's flinching/adverse reaction with each toke was equally powerful, and when combined with the brother's focus on getting high while Stan was getting settled in the room, was  so over the top that I still have trouble recommending the movie to over 95% of people I know. Very "raw", not rehearsed, not made for the camera, not "reality tv"...

 

At any rate, it was good to hear from him. He says he still works out and bends, but we didn't talk too much about performances, it was more personal stuff.



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 04:08 PM

Thank you for the update.  I'm sorry to hear about Stan's loss.



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 05:05 PM

Just watched this. Fascinating in its own way, but depressing as hell.



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 08:30 PM

I got maybe 25mins Into it and turned it off. It's garbage. He is the self proclaimed "greatest steel bender"?? I disagree. He bent a penny with his fingers, cool. With the right year penny, I can do the same thing. I'm sure Stan is a good guy, but he really needs to get out more and see what guys are truly doing. I think he would be astonished. The old time strongman dinner isn't everything the world has to offer.