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July 15, 2013

Lewiston pilot does daredevil stunts for top movies

Niagara Gazette — It was a matchup right out of a Hollywood movie.

About eight years ago Kelly Mac, owner of Mac Fitness Studio in Lewiston, was working on a back lot in Hollywood, making a zumba fitness video, when during a break she met a handsome stunt pilot named Craig Hosking, working on the film “Get Smart.”

“I thought, ‘Why would he be interested in little old me when you have so many pretty people to look at,’ “ Mac said, laughing.

But, as fate has it, he was very interested in looking at Kelly. 

“She’s just a striking and beautiful woman,” he said in retelling the story recently, “What single guy wouldn’t be interested?”

After a first date they didn’t see each other for six months, busy with their Hollywood lives, but then he called her and invited her to a wrap party for the film “Batman Begins,” on which he had just finished working. He only told her at the last minute — after a long conversation during which she agreed to join him — that the party was in Chicago, not Los Angeles.

It was a slight bit of trickery, but he had an airline ticket sent to her the next day and “the rest is history,” he said. They are married now, with residences in Lewiston, Los Angeles and Park City, Utah.

While some people were stretched out on lawn chairs watching fireworks during the recent Independence Day weekend, Hoskings was creating a few explosions of his own on the set of the newest film being produced by Stephen Spielberg, called “Need for Speed.”

With a list of movie credentials as long as your arm, including “Resident Evil,” Live Free or Die Hard,” “The Great Gatsby” and “The Lone Ranger,” his skills can be seen in a YouTube video where he takes off and lands in an upsidedown plane.

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