As I sat with Ron, he appeared relaxed with a settled energy. Like many Actors in the movie world their always seems to be an image; a public persona, which one can only see from a far, but with Ron Smoorenburg, one gets the feeling that he was being himself and did not mind letting his guard down as we began our verbal back and forth. Ron proceeded to tell me about when Tony Jaa was kind enough to kick some of this teeth out! It was in mid-flow of a the now infamous mass-attack fight scene in the epic “Tom Yum Goong”, when Tony Jaa’s character is attacked by a plethora of manic gate-keepers all dressed in trendy black suits. As Tony Jaa span around whilst executing an atomic 360 spinning head kick; Ron found himself about half a meter out of place.
He was too close to Jaa’s impending whirlwind of movement which, resulted in a heavy shin kick to the jaw of big Ron which resulted in a parting gift of a few missing pearly whites, which were sent first class to tooth-heaven via Jaa’s instep. “They are like movie souvenirs”, Ron tells us with a cheeky grin. The injury stories continued as Ron proudly shows us some kind of knee dislocation from another stunt mishap.
From hearing these tales of risk taking at its best, one may think, that Ron Smoorenburg has taken more knocks than a blind cobbler’s thumb, but for such a long career in this game, Smoorenburg has fared remarkably well. He seems to not sigh away from his mistakes or on set injuries, but simply sees that as part of the trade. Like badges of honor or reminders for next time.