‘SEAL Team’: David Boreanaz Revealed How Often He Does Stunts Himself

by Matthew Memrick
(Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

Actors doing their own stunts? No way! But ask “SEAL Team” star David Boreanaz the percentage of how many he does, and he won’t hold back.

“I do a lot of it,” Boreanaz told Collider. “My body doesn’t respond and recover the way it used to, but I do 95 percent of it.”

In a 2018 report, the longtime actor said he loves doing the stunts, even though he leaves the set sore and sometimes limping. Don’t tell the show’s insurance company this, but he thinks it’s fun.

“War wounds are good (in the show’s production),” Boreanaz said. 

He still has a stunt person.

Boreanaz recounted the pilot episode when he didn’t jump off the boat’s bow on a cargo ship. But he wanted to, though.

His “SEAL Team” stunt person was like, “No, dude, you’ll break your neck with your helmet on!”

Without missing a beat, the actor responded, “Okay, I’m all set.” 

In an incident earlier in his life, Boreanaz was involved in an August 1999 Los Angeles car wreck on the Ventura Freeway. According to IMDb, the actor sought damages for pain and suffering along with medical care. 

He’s a tough one since he’s gotten this far.

“SEAL Team” Actor Exhausted?

Is the star of the show drained after wrapping up the production work on the upcoming season? The new season starts on Oct. 10 on the Paramount+ streaming service.

It’s possible. 

In a Daily Express report, the 52-year-old show star was “emotionally exhausted” with one aspect of the show. He took questions in a Questions & Answer session.

Boreanaz said the work on “SEAL Team” was challenging based on the show’s commitment to authenticity and what the actors bring to it.

It’s no secret that the show uses real-life veterans, both onscreen and as consultants. The actor said those guys and their work ethic “allow” the actors to “get into the character’s minds and their space.”

That exhaustion, Boreanaz expressed, translates into a blessing for the show’s natural feel and look. Something fans seem to reward the performance with good ratings.

The Challenge Of’ SEAL Team’

In the Collider interview, Boreanaz talked about the uniqueness of the show.

He said he feels like he’s really with the SEAL Team members at times.

In one “SEAL Team” episode, Episode 21, he loves the point-of-view feel of the scenes.

“I love real-time contained episodes,” the actor said. “Episode 10 was like that, setting a tone where you’re always up against something because of time.”

Boreanaz said he thinks the show does well when it works in real-time. He’s taken strong positions on it and worked towards fans seeing more of it.

“I think that’s really the mark of our show, being with these characters, live and in real-time, in their workplace and in their environment,” he said.

The actor said to throw in some personal moments and keep things going with the characters, and .. voila! Instant “SEAL Team” show.