The boss of freerunning, Pavel ‘Pasha’ Petkuns, takes to the arcade in his latest cinematic feat, ‘The Human Pinball.’
“My dream has come true!” says the multi-time freerunning/parkour world champ as he slides, pings, flips, pounces, and freeruns circles across his gargantuan, big-kid pinball table.
Two relatively hulking dudes independently operate the mechanical flippers, catapulting the cherubic Latvian acrobat back up into the field for more.
What started as a “Dude, you know what would be sick?” idea Petkuns came up with years ago now takes up a veritable amount of real estate in a London hangar. The five-story-tall pinball table sits at a 45-degree angle and clocks in around 50,700 pounds.
After a year of sweat equity, Petkuns and his multi-talented crew have this gem of an entry into sports media cannon to show for it. Notably, the director/creative leader, Mike Christie, was behind Danny MacAskill’s 2013 toy-themed “Imaginate.” You might say he’s got a gift.
Check out the human pinball and then try to have a bad day — I dare ya.
And there’s more where that came from. Get the behind-the-scenes scoop over at Red Bull.