Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Equicizer in Pop Culture
The 2009 film “Seabiscuit” was directed by Gary Ross and starred popular actors Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, and Elizabeth Banks. The movie follows the famous story of a Depression-era racehorse whose story and victories captured the attention of the whole nation. What you might not know is that it also co-starred an Equicizer!
The Equicizer used for close-up shots in the movie was outfitted with a special Seabiscuit head complete with blinders. You can see the fuzzy ears of the Equicizer in the shot below where the director and Tobey are discussing a scene.
Tobey was amazed at the intense workout the Equicizer provided. He kept one at home while working on the movie in order to get in shape and continue to train. He said of the experience:
"I didn't realize what kind of athletes jockeys are. The first time I got up in the stirrups and did a bit of a gallop on the Equicizer, after a couple of minutes my legs were noodles. I could barely stand up."
– Tobey Maguire
Rob Dyrdek is a professional skateboarder, actor, and reality TV star. One of his best known projects is the reality TV show Fantasy Factory, which aired from 2009-2015 and featured Rob’s various attempts to manage both business and pleasure in one space.
One popular episode in Season 2 featured what they dubbed “Jockey Training”. Rob purchased an Equicizer to have in his Fantasy Factory. The video above, featured on Rob’s YouTube page, shows the star riding the Equicizer around his Fantasy Factory space.
Big Brother is a popular reality television show that started in 1999 and continues to this day. The premise of the show is that a group of people called housemates live together in a house that is cut off from the outside world almost entirely. Throughout the approximately 3 month stay, they are monitored by audiovisual equipment and vye for a single cash prize. They must survive periodic evictions that are decided by their fellow housemates.
So how did the Equicizer get connected with the show? In 2014, the show commissioned six mechanical horses to use in one of the weekly challenges the housemates participate in to earn prizes.
Local news coverage:
By: Amanda Chicotel
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