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David R. Ellis only directed a handful of films himself, but he was involved with considerably more throughout his long, busy career. He's best known in later years for directing Final Destination 2 and Snakes on a Plane, but the bulk of his years in the industry were spent working as a second unit director and stunt coordinator on some truly memorable films. He did stunts for Road House, Warlock, Days of Thunder, Patriot Games and many, many more. And as a second unit director he shot much of the action in movies like Waterworld, Clear and Present Danger, Sphere, The Negotiator and The Matrix sequels. The man dedicated his entire career to making movies that entertained. He was a popcorn filmmaker, and as far as this writer is concerned, he was a damn good one. As a director he...

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