"It's all about landing," he said. "It's called body awareness."

'Great asset' on set

Anthony Greene, director of "The Henchman's War," said Kain's technical expertise — he not only acted in the film, but handled his character's stunts as well — made him a "great asset" on set.

"I think as an actor he's great, but as a man who understands action and great visual effects and stuff like that, he's paramount," Greene said. "He goes above and beyond to make sure that what you need in a film looks professional."

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Susan Kain appreciates her husband's professionalism as well, knowing it will keep him safe.

That he is able to use his natural creativity — he holds two patents from his manufacturing years — is also a good thing, she said.

"He's very much into creating, making things work and coming up with ways to make them happen, so this is sort of an extension of that," she said.

Michael Alban, an actor from Washington who has worked with Kain on film and television projects, said he is happy things "are coming together" for Kain. He called Kain a "super cool guy" who is always willing to help fellow actors on sets, especially when it comes to instructing them on how to pull off a stunt.

When shooting a scene for Discovery Channel's "Forensics: You Decide" a few years back, in which Alban had to pretend to swing an oar at a woman in a canoe with him, Kain's guidance was invaluable, Alban said.

"I never would have gotten through the shot without Rick," Alban said. "He was instrumental in instructing me on how to do this safely, but still sell it."

Greene said "working with Rick makes the (movie-making) process easier," which was a big help in making "The Henchman's War," which was Greene's first feature film.

"He's very knowledgeable about the film-making process, he's very straightforward, he's very easy-going," Greene said. "He's a great person to have on set."

Kain, a graduate of Atholton High School, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, keeps an apartment just outside of New York City, in New Jersey, and regularly travels there for work, he said. His agent is also in New York.

But even as his career takes off, he has no plans to move from Woodbine, and will continue to keep his skills sharp locally — in part by jumping off the platform in his backyard.

"It's like sports. You practice all the time so when it comes time to do (a stunt), it shouldn't be an issue," he said. "…The reality of it is, you can't balk."