Hesperia resident Matt Rege was born at St. Mary Medical Center in February 1986. He's lived in the High Desert for nearly his entire life, attending Hesperia schools from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduating from Hesperia High School in 2004.


Rege's dad is in the movie production business, which got him into a stunt career at about the age of 13. He started out doing live Western comedy stunt shows, similar to what visitors see at Knott's Berry Farm. He then developed and now co-owns his a stunt company, Reel Time Stunts.



Q: What is the best thing about your job?


A: The best thing about being a stuntman would be the adrenaline there's nothing better than seeing your stunts on movies, commercials, television, etc., or entertaining crowds of more than 1,000 people. Having them all cheer for you is a rush. My favorite is to be able to inspire kids. I almost had my leg amputated in a motorcycle accident and came back to a fun career and I'm still walking. I use that to inspire disabled children to not give up.



Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.


A: Right now, I'm working on setting a world-record stunt. When I do set the Guinness World Record, I'm going to use that to inspire kids in need, or troubled, to smile and get on the right track.



Q: What makes you tick?


A: The thing that makes me tick the most is people with no drive or motive who sit on their couch playing games all day. I haven't owned a gaming system since I was about 13 because I'm trying to make something of myself. Life's short get out and do something that makes you happy.



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: My dad, James A.E. Fuentez, definitely had a big influence in my life. He's helped me through everything he could. He's one of the hardest working guys I know and inspires me every day to get better at what I do and to never give up.



Q: What motivates you?


A: Life motivates me. One thing I don't want is to be 60 years old and hear my grandchildren ask me to tell them a story and I have nothing or tell them about playing video games all day or doing drugs. Nonsense. I've never done one drug in my life, because one day in the stunt world no one else will need drugs either. But what I will tell my grandchildren is stories of jumping off buildings, setting myself on fire, crashing cars, meeting celebrities, being in movies and being happy.



Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: Always try to smile is the best answer for this one; not to get mad, sad or stressed over little things. I'm trying my hardest to be someone and yes there are setbacks and speed bumps but when there's a speed bump you look at it as a jump so you press the gas pedal and go for it!



Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: Lately, I've started getting more into inspiring kids. Seeing the look on their faces when they see pictures of me doing stunts is priceless. It makes me proud!



Q: What is your passion?


A: My passion is stunts and motocross. I want to do some more desert motorcycle races and in the stunt world I want to become the top stunt guy in the world and win at least one stunt award!



Q: What's your favorite movie and why?


A: "Deadwood" is by far my favorite movie because I love Westerns. Westerns have action, drama, suspense and comedy all mixed into one movie. Who else wouldn't like wearing some cowboy boots, a hat and carrying a six shooter? Kids don't play cowboys and Indians for nothing it's fun!



Q: If you had three wishes, what would they be?


A: My family to be rich, my dad to be younger so we can do more stunts together for a long time, and for kids to be more driven since they are our future.



Q: Tell us about your first car.


A: My first car was a 1992 Pontiac Firebird. The best thing I remember about that car is my house had a dirt lot all around the house and when I would come home I would drift all the way around the house and my dad would be on the back porch giving me a thumbs up. It was a fun car!



Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.


A: Any kids charity is close to my heart because they need the most help. It's hard for them to help themselves and they sometimes are more motivated than some adults.



Q: What's your favorite place to eat in Hesperia?


A: La Casita is by far the best place in Hesperia. A carne asada burrito with red sauce is the way to my heart.



Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.


A: Most people don't know I'm an identical twin. Playing tricks on people can get real funny sometimes.



Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?


A: I would like to just tell people to get motivated. I'm not the most handsome or wealthy guy, but I'm always smiling and people adore me because I'm motivated and driven to be somebody. Turn that game system off and do something productive.



Q: How can readers reach you?


A: Anyone can visit my website at www.reeltimestunts.com, find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/public/reel-time-stunts or email me at rtsmatt@yahoo.com.



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