Paradox Pollack is an actor, producer, choreographer and movement director.  He has worked directly with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including actors Robin Williams, Will Smith, Rene Russo, Chris Hemsworth, and Tom Hiddleston, directors JJ Abrams and Kenneth Branagh, as well as legendary stunt coordinator and second-unit director Vic Armstrong.

Paradox began his theatrical work in circus, and enjoyed a successful career that spanned over 20 years. He was a writer, director, and performer in dozens of shows and toured nation-wide as a dancer, contortionist, and whip-wielding ringmaster.

He was a co-founder of both Dream Circus and Mystic Family Circus (San Francisco).  He created shows for Cirque Du Soleil and performed with many other companies, including Circo Zero (San Francisco), Bindlestiff Family (New York), Lucent Dossier (Los Angeles), and Cahin Caha (Paris).  His extensive background in the performing arts created the foundation for his work as a fight choreographer and movement director for feature films.  Paradox specializes in a variety of dance styles, stage combat, and motion-capture techniques, and for the past 7 years has worked with both film-making veterans and upcoming young stars to build their on-screen movement and fighting styles.

On “I Am Legend”, Paradox was one of 4 core performers doing motion-capture for the zombie hordes, working closely with Will Smith.  On “Star Trek”, he designed a variety of movement styles for new alien races.  On “Thor”, he worked very closely with Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, and the Frost Giants to help develop the physicality of their otherworldly characters.  On “Snow White and the Huntsman”, he helped develop the movement styles of the faerie creatures.  On “Alleulia: The Devils’ Carnival”, he choreographed dance numbers and did movement coaching for angels and demons, in both Heaven and Hell.


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  • Height:
    5 feet 11 in
  • Weight:
    170 lbs
  • Age Range:
    25 – 50
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  • Performance Skills:
    Martial Arts, Dancing, Stunts, Voiceover, Improvisation
  • Athletic Skills:
    Martial Arts
  • Accents:
    Russian, British, French, Southern
  • Musical Instruments:
    Drums, Harmonica, Flute, Trombone
  • Dance:
    Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Club/Freestyle, Waltz, Capoeira
  • Ritual Theatre, San Francisco, 1985Antero Alli, Keith Hennessey, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Grotowski Technique
  • Dance, Philadelphia and San Francisco, 1992Sara Mann, Masaki Iwana, Hiroko Tamano, Manfred Fishbeck
  • Martial Arts, Yao Kung Moon – San Francisco , 1996Sifu: Richard Ow
  • Stunt Training, Vic Armstrong, Tony Vincent, Joey Box, 2005
  • Asian Dance, Pak Cerita(Bali), Pak Tutor (Bali), Eko Supriyanto (java), 1990
  • Ritual Chanting and Movement, One People Voice, Grady Cousins, Pak Wenton (Cal Arts), 2000
  • Direction of Large Groups , Pepe Ozan, Burning Man Operas 1993-2001, 1993
  • Music Composition, Eric Oberthaler, 2005
  • Circus Arts (Acrobatics, Bullwhip, Juggling, Fabric), Bindlestiff Family Circus, various artists, 2004


  • Thor – Movement Director, Stunt Double for Colm Feore
  • Snow White and the Huntsman – Movement Designer For Faerie Creatures
  • Star Trek – Movement Coach/Creature Choreographer
  • I Am Legend – Motion-Capture Performer/Assistant Stunt Coordinator
  • Alleluia!: The Devil’s Carnival – Choreographer/Movement Director
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Alien Fight Club!

AFC is really taking shape.  A big thanks to martial arts expert, Carmine Downey, our guest tutor.  As this private workshop grows, I’m hoping to begin offering open classes to the public.  If you’ve ever wondered how to fight like your favorite comic book hero…sign up to my mailing list for more info.  Coming Soon!

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Testimonial From TOM HIDDLESTON (LOKI from THOR)

“The contribution of Paradox Pollack to my performance as Loki in THOR was, and remains, of incalculable value to me.
As a performer and artist he approaches the work of building a character with a dizzying array of deeply practical and imaginative tools. On the face of it, a character like Loki could seem, or at least risks seeming, in part ridiculous: a comic book incarnation of a Norse god; a shape-shifting master of magic, living in an unknown and fantastical realm of the Universe.
My work with Paradox absolutely grounded the character in a relatable and accessible humanity, without ever shying away from magical aspects of the world of Asgard and of Kenneth Branagh’s film. He works instinctively and intuitively, with an undiluted passion for performance on the exact opposite end of the scale to cynicism.

He worked with me using movement; honing and specifying the action of fight choreography; he used his experience with whips in the circus to help develop a lethal and efficient methodology with Loki’s “throwing knives”.

Paradox’s work shuts off the intellect and awakens the imagination. You can’t build characters only in your head – they must, in part, come from your heart – and Paradox helps you access that, with practical tools. His credit on the film is more deserved than he knows”. -Tom Hiddleston