Director David Leitch opens up about the fight scenes in his upcoming action thriller Bullet Train, citing Jackie Chan as a key inspiration.
Director David Leitch Talks Fight Scenes From His Upcoming Action Thriller High-speed train, citing Jackie Chan as a key inspiration. The adaptation of Kōtarō Isaka’s novel marks Leitch’s latest effort behind the camera in the action genre since his directorial debut by helping co-launch the hit John Wick franchise with frequent collaborator and co-founder of 87North Productions (former 87Eleven) Chad Stahelski. Leitch branched out with blockbuster movies Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious Gifts: Hobbs & Shaw while also producing the John Wick sequels and a variety of other projects with his wife and creative partner Kelly McCormick.
High-speed train stars Brad Pitt as Ladybug, an assassin undergoing an existential crisis and seeking to leave life until he is pulled back by his master, Sandra Bullock’s Maria Beetle, to retrieve a briefcase on board of a high-speed train, placing him in the middle of a group of competing assassins with connected jobs. Alongside Pitt and Bullock, the film’s cast includes Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Logan Lerman, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, and Bad Bunny. Following multiple delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, High-speed train is officially set to hit theaters in July, and the film’s makers offer a preview of what’s to come from the action-thriller.
A few months before the release of the film, Empire caught up with director David Leitch to discuss his action thriller High-speed train. The filmmaker revealed that his fight scenes are largely inspired by Jackie Chan and his ability to incorporate physical comedy into his various action sequences. Check out what Leitch shared below:
“[There’s] a bit of physical comedy. Battles are designed to improve characters. We are here to have fun in this super confined space.
Trailers for High-speed train offered glimpses of some of the physical comedy implemented in the film’s various fight scenes and action sequences. One such scene saw Pitt’s Ladybug and Brian Tyree Henry’s Lemon fight hand-to-hand and attempt to shoot each other while in the quiet room of the locomotive while another showed Ladybug and Tangerine from ‘Aaron Taylor-Johnson fighting in the quarters near the train. snack cart and using various foods and cutlery against each other. Given High-speed trainWithin the confined setting, as Leitch alludes to, there are sure to be plenty of other ridiculously funny sequences in the film.
With Leitch citing the iconic martial artist as inspiration for the film’s fight scenes, High-speed train becomes the last major Hollywood production to use Jackie Chan’s physical comedy fighting style for its filming. marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hired Jackie Chan Stunt Team’s Brad Allan as the supervising stunt coordinator and director of 2nd Unit, one of his last two films made before his death in 2021, in which the well-promoted bus fight used much of Chan’s quick hand movements and environment use to the titular hero’s advantage. Audiences will have to wait and see just how much Jackie Chan’s fighting style can be felt in High-speed train when it hits theaters on July 29.
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