Jay Leno is pretty well known as the former host of The Tonight Show, but even before he stepped down from that position… twice… he was also pretty well known as a car enthusiast. According to Wikipedia, he has nearly 300 vehicles in his personal collection. As someone who feels kind of guilty for owning three vehicles myself, the idea of owning a hundred times that is mind boggling!
For years now, Leno has been doing a show called Jay Leno’s Garage. It was initially an online show on NBC.com, but in August 2014 it morphed into a special that was aired on CNBC, and then last year it became a weekly primetime series on that channel. For the show, Leno reviews regular cars and motorcycles, supercars, vintage cars and sports cars.
Recently, Leno was filming a segment for the show with Bob Riggle and his famous 2,500-hp “Hemi Under Glass” Plymouth Barracuda, which became famous in the 60’s as a wheelstanding stunt car. That’s all explained in the video below… But it was during the shooting of that segment that things got a little dicey. With Leno riding in the passenger seat (which he says has been on his bucket list since he was a kid), Riggle loses control following a long wheelie and, well… I’ll let the video show you what happened next.
It’s worth watching the first few minutes to get a little background on the car, but if you want to skip right to the crash, go to about the 3 minute mark.
It looks like a pretty violent crash, so it might be a little surprising that both Leno and Riggle appeared to be both completely alright… Then again, having attended broadcasting school and done a year of film classes, I know how easily that can be manipulated with some creative editing. If you’ve ever heard a film type say “We’ll fix it in post,” they’re referring to the post-production phase of filmmaking during which editors can fix mistakes made by actors, replace any flubbed lines, add sound effects, and, well… embellish action.
And that certainly appears to be what happened here, because I came across a version of the crash that doesn’t have any of that editing magic. Sure, it splices together a few different shots… But doing so reveals the fact that the car rolled only once, despite what the video above shows:
Of course, it didn’t take long for jokesters on the internet to pick up on this and edit together their own cuts of the crash. Here’s a version with ADDITIONAL editing magic that’ll surely give you a laugh:
However, that wasn’t nearly enough carnage for some people, and so even MORE editing was done!
Just goes to show that a couple minor cuts and edits can turn the tamest of rollovers (yes, I can’t believe I just typed that either) into a ridiculously crazy crash… So kudos to the film editors who make that happen in the name of entertainment!