Lake Tahoe skydiving guru films commercial in Incline
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. andamp;#8212; JT Holmes glided down toward Hyatt Beach from high above Lake Tahoe’s clear blue depths, his red skydiving jumpsuit and black parachute framed against a cloudless sky.As he neared the sandy shoreline, the professional Squaw Valley skier and renowned BASE jumping and skydiving talent tugged on his brakes and lifted his knees into a squatting position. Straightening his legs, he reached his left foot out to meet the oncoming land, stomped it down and ran through his landing in textbook fashion.With the easy part out of the way, Holmes put on his best acting face and went to work.andamp;#8220;It’s fun, but it’s probably the biggest challenge for me today,andamp;#8221; he said of reciting scripted lines in front of a camera andamp;#8212; or acting.Holmes was filming a commercial for Hotels.com on Wednesday, demonstrating how to book a hotel in less than a minute with a new mobile booking app, all while skydiving from 15,000 feet above Lake Tahoe.While no De Niro, he spit out his lines without a hitch and peeled off his chute. His work day was far from complete.Holmes, who had already filmed three takes the day before, had just executed his second jump of the morning and still had andamp;#8220;two or threeandamp;#8221; more to go. It’s a good thing he enjoys what he does.andamp;#8220;Not exactly a rough day at the office,andamp;#8221; conceded Holmes, who has about 1,500 skydives under his belt and 1,100 BASE jumps, making him a perfect candidate to star in commercials – and even movies – featuring his respective adventure sports. But this shoot was better than most, he said, citing its ideal location and relative ease of the jumps, which is not always the case.andamp;#8220;This one is a treat, because it’s fairly safe and not very demanding, and it’s always nice to work at home and land on the shore of Lake Tahoe,andamp;#8221; said Holmes.Holmes also worked on the set of andamp;#8220;Transformers 3andamp;#8221; last year as a wingsuiting stuntman, performing jumps off the tallest skyscapers in Chicago.