Last week we shared a video of Lars Anderson, a Danish archer who supposedly bulleyes all the Hollywood myths of archery with his incredible skill. Anderson is undoutedly fast, but is he really revolutionizing anything? Is he even a good archer? Maybe not.
a detailed analysis of the historical and physical claims of Anderson and the video’s narrator, and finds most of it to be “nonsense.” Here’s an excerpt:offers
“Andersen’s quick-shooting technique is obviously effective (if speed is the goal), in that he is able to fire a lot of arrows at a very rapid pace. It’s worth noting that the narrator goes to great pains to explain why shooting at close-up distances is so important and denigrates “warrior archers only shooting at long distances,” (just one of many totally false claims) in order to paper over the fact that the man obviously can’t hit anything that’s more than about 20 feet away. No doubt there are literally hundreds of failed attempts that were cut out of the carefully-edited video. His gimmick is speed, not accuracy, and it’s obvious to anyone who actually knows anything about archery that his complete lack of any kind of consistent form is going to require camera tricks and a lot of luck, which is exactly what’s on display here. He may in fact be the fastest archer in the world; he just shouldn’t pretend to be accurate.“
MacQuarrie’s findings boil down to a few main points: Almost all of the historical information offered is wrong, Anderson may be fast but he is horrendously sloppy, and the trick shots that Anderson shows off are clearly edited and have been known to the archery community for years. The whole piece is pretty convincing, if a bit vociferous, and is worth a read if you were initially blown away by the video like I was.
Head over to GeekDad to read the rest of the scathing critique.
What do you think? Does Lars Anderson really have Hollywood archer in his sights, or is he just as guilty?