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Mar 30, 2002

Former Novice Star Tommy McComas Infuriated By This Headline: Apparently, Ex-racers Who Are Now Hollywood Stuntmen Have PR Agents

A press release originally posted March 25 with the headline "Apparently, Ex-racers Who Are Now Hollywood Stuntmen Have PR Agents" infuriated Tommy McComas, the former racer in question, who said the headline was "slanderous" before hanging up in an angry phone call to<BR><BR>McComas also claimed that he did not have a PR agent.<BR><BR>The release in question arrived via FAX and did not include a headline; the words "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE" appeared above the text. Contact information for Mary Laney appeared underneath the press release text, with no contact information for McComas. In other words, the press release looked like press releases typically issued by PR Agents and received by by the hundreds.<BR><BR>Reached by phone on March 29, Laney said she was not a PR agent but had sent the release as a favor to McComas. Laney also said that the headline used on was "sarcastic" and suggested that a better headline would have emphasized that McComas had found a stunt career after racing and was bringing other racers into stunt work.<BR><BR>McComas had not returned a phone message at post time.<BR><BR>The text of the original posting follows.<BR><BR>From a press release:<BR><BR>Think Fear Factor is exciting? Meet Hollywood stuntman and former motorcycle road racer Tom McComas. His life could inspire a decade's worth of Fear Factor episodes.<BR><BR>McComas, featured in the March issue of GQ magazine and selected as one of Hollywood's top stunt-doubles is photographed for GQ riding a 2001 Ducati 996.<BR><BR>You've seen his work in Amistad, Armageddon, Bounce, Coyote Ugly, Dude Where's My Car, Lethal Weapon 4, Perfect Storm, Reindeer Games, Zoolander and numerous television shows.<BR><BR>Catch McComas in the upcoming Sum Of All Fears starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. McComas also stunt coordinated and re-created (along with racer Steve Rapp and former Daytona 200 Champion David Sadowski) several high speed (over 100 mph) road racing crashes in the yet-to-be-released World Superbike feature High Speed, shot on location in Italy at Imola, Misano, Vallelunga and other famous European venues. Former motorcycle racer and stuntman Jeff Jensen directed High Speed.<BR><BR>What's next for McComas? Daredevil starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.<BR>