It was recently this writer’s privilege and pleasure to have a chat with the actor, stuntman, and circus performer, Felix Silla. This was during the Zurko Promotions, All Night Flea Market, in Wheaton, Illinois.
Felix Silla has played parts in many iconic films and shows of the past including “Star Trek,” “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “The Monkees,” “Bonanza,” and “Petty Coat Junction.” He is, perhaps, best known for his role as Cousin Itt in “The Addams Family.”
During the interview, Mr. Silla spoke of some of his experiences in the film industry.
He got his start in the 1963 filming of “A Ticklish Affair” where he was the stunt man for the children. He had to wear a harness and helium balloons so that it looked like he was flying, hanging from the balloons.
One day during filming, they broke for lunch while he was still hanging from the 110 foot crane. He had to call down to them until they heard and got him down as they had forgotten he was up there.
He was in the movie “Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom” as the stuntman for the character Short Round. During the raft scene, he was tipped over and caught under the raft and almost drowned. Thankfully, he was rescued by the diver.
His dream role would be a western with Sophia Loren, but he expresses a doubt that such a movie will ever be made at this time in their lives. While most dreams never come true, that would be a dream well worth seeing on the big screen!
Check out the interview with Felix then check out his website for future appearances and autographed photos. Visit the Zurko Promotions site for more about future events like the Chicago Civil War Show and The Haunted Halloween Flea Market.
Oh, and do check out his series of interviews at Zurko Promotions events!