The Family That Sets Themselves on Fire
Celia and Jim Dunn and their three young children set themselves ablaze and roast giant marshmallows in the flames. So why would this family try something so dangerous?
"When the plan came about to light the family on fire I was thrilled," Celia tells INSIDE EDITION.
"When my dad said we were going to be lit on fire, I was really excited," says Austin.
The children are 9-year-old Austin, 13-year-old Ali and 15-year-old Connor. Most kids that age are warned to stay away from fire. So what are their parents thinking?
"I can understand how people would think we are irresponsible and crazy, but that certainly is not the case," says Jim. The dad defends the stunt because the Dunns are professional daredevils.
Jim has been a stuntman and stunt coordinator for nearly 25 years and has performed in 400 films. His wife and children are following in his footsteps, leaping and falling through more than 100 films, like the movie Catwoman. Connor appeared with actress Halle Berry, dangling from a Ferris wheel.
So far Jim has had all of the injuries for the family: "I've broken my legs half a dozen times, both arms, and I've been burnt pretty bad three times, not from setting myself on fire but from being too close to explosions," he tells INSIDE EDITION.
Jim says extra safety and training go into every stunt his kids perform, including protective clothing for the fire stunt in their own front yard. "We pretty well quadrupled up all I've learned in 25 years in the business for keeping people safe."
The kids spend hours sharpening their stunt-work skills. In their martial arts class, they practice jumping higher and kicking harder. And during high-wire practice, the kids prove themselves to be fearless.
The kids are always reaching milestones. "Austin at age five, as far as I know, is the youngest kid in the country to take a bullet," Jim says.
Fortunately, the fire stunt goes off without a hitch. The family from Canada says they are in talks with a production company and they hope the human bonfire ignites the deal. The Dunns don't welcome comparisons of their stunts with the Balloon Boy hoax. Richard Heene is now in jail after his stunt to try to get his family on reality TV.
"The Balloon Boy was not in the balloon. We do what we're appearing to do," says Jim.