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Poll: The Action Hero's Explosion Survival Guide

As a typical action hero working in movies and TV, you not only have to worry about avoiding the blast from an explosion, you have to look cool doing it. Which of these explosion-survival guidelines would you recommend most to your local action hero?

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    Nicolas Cage in Con Air (1997)

    Avoid the blast at ground level, jumping away from it, arms extended for balance (dirty undershirt optional)
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    Bruce Willis in Die Hard (1988)

    Avoid the blast atop a skyscraper. If possible, tie a fire hose around your waist and jump off the top of the building to safety (dirty undershirt optional)
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    Keanu Reeves in Speed (1994)

    Run away from the blast.
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    George Clooney and Nicole Kidman in The Peacemaker (1997)

    Run away from the blast with that special someone, preferably holding a weapon.
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    Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in Desperado (1995)

    Calmly walk away from the blast with that special someone, preferably with one or both holding a weapon.
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    Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

    Jump away from the blast handcuffed to that special someone (weapons optional)
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    Malin Akerman and Patrick Wilson in Watchmen (2009)

    Sometimes a HUGE BLAST (at a reasonable distance) makes the perfect backdrop to share a kiss with that special someone.
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    If a series of explosions are detonating behind you, hold a large firearm in one hand so as to show off the rippling muscles, and take care of business. No blast will touch you and it will significantly increase your coolness level.
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    Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester in Strike Back (2010)

    Use the buddy system...Avoid the blast next to your comrade in arms...Twice the coolness for the price of one explosion
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

    For comedic value, expect a smaller blast (But make sure to keep a safe distance anyway)
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    Michael Caine in Cars 2 (2011)

    Whenever possible, avoid the blast driving a cool ride.
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    Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

    Whenever possible, avoid the blast jumping off a cool ride...
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    Pierce Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough (1999)

    When on vacation or on a super secret mission, if possible, try avoiding the blast on the ski slopes
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    Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)

    If you're an animated character you will look cool regardless, don't even worry about the blast.
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    Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

    OK, you feel the blast close to you and you're out of harm's way. Immediately (and intensely) focus your attention on something else. (Protective gear and impenetrable shield are highly recommended)
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    Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

    For female action heroes especially, its always a good idea to avoid the blast by doing a graceful gymnastics dismount.
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    Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix (1999)

    Swing away from the blast
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    Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

    No matter the blast radius, you will survive the explosion and look cool so long as you stay close to Megan Fox
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    Hugh Jackman in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

    Be nonchalant about the blast...Just stand there like you don't have a care in the world (This guideline applies to those with mutant regenerative powers and Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore from Apocalypse Now (1979))
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    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

    If you manage to bulls-eye an impossible proton torpedo shot down a two meter wide exhaust port that leads directly to the main reactor system of a gigantic battle station: GET OUT!

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