It’s a good thing Mike Vogel had a stunt double in the new skater movie Grind (out August 22), because this 23-year-old Philly guy is seriously accident-prone. “My nickname in High School was Sling Boy”, says Mike. After two ruptured spleens, a broken wrist, 50 stitches, and a 14-foot fall from a half pipe, he wisely quit pursuing a pro skating career and turned to acting. Now he’s free to spend his spare time on-set playing pranks with his castmates. “One time Joey Kern [the skater Sweet Lou in Grind”] was supposed to get a massage from a hot girl”, says Mike. “But we had [castmate] Vince Vieluf go in and rub his butt instrad”. Watch out, Mike: If there’s a Grind 2, you just might be the butt of the joke.
Text: Laura Shinn
Photographer: Grant Delin