Is Your Favourite Action Star Really A Wuss?
Fight scenes between Fast & Furious stars Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are apparently very calculated so no-one looks less macho than others.
The trio of Hollywood's leading men of action have decidedly fragile egos, according to on-set insiders from their new franchise film, Hobbs & Shaw.
A producer on five Fast & Furious movies has revealed growing narcissism from all three actors has seen curious arrangements made to appease them.
Michael Fottrell told the Wall Street Journal "of course" vanity was the driving force behind their incessant demands to appear equally virile.
Statham, 51, reportedly has an agreement with Universal Pictures limiting how badly he can be beaten up on screen, according to producers and film crew.
Diesel, 52, allegedly has his younger sister Samantha Vincent, who is an executive producer on the films, count the number of punches he takes.
One time on set, Vincent was heard observing her brother during a rehearsal for a fight scene. “He’s falling down right here. Is he going to get his licks back in?” she said.
Meanwhile Johnson, 47, works with the franchise's producers, editors and fight coordinators to ensure his fight scenes are always balanced.
All three A-listers from the franchise -- which has combined gross earnings of over $7 billion -- declined to comment for the story.
The Fast & Furious fights ensure “every character has their moment, and that all are seen as formidable opponents,” a Universal spokesman told the Journal.
The three stars also have stunt doubles who usually perform the riskier moves during their fight scenes. The film's final edit combines visuals from both.
While the trio have long rotated being each other's enemies in the franchise, their new nemesis in Hobbs & Shaw is Idris Elba.
In a departure from his peers, Keanu Reeves said he was quite happy for his equally badass co-stars to outshine him as the protagonist in John Wick 3.
Speaking with the Talkfilm podcast, Reeves said he was so clearly outclassed by Cecep Arif Rahman and Yaya Ruhian that he "refused" to let them be killed.
Reeves, 54 -- who has been playing the character for five years now -- revealed to Men's Health he barely uses stuntmen for his fight scenes.
"I’m 90 percent of what’s happening. I’m maintaining the connection to the audience, and with the story. If it’s wacky/crazy stuff, you’re just like, ‘Oh my god, what did I just see?’" he said.
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