‘Crazy Rich Asians’ actor Henry Golding is set to portray fan-favorite ‘GI Joe: A Real American Hero’ ninja in the upcoming Paramount Pictures film ‘Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.’ In a recent interview with Comic Beat, Golding discussed playing the warrior and working on the action sequences.
“When you’re filming something like that, do remember, it’s like 30 takes of the entire sequence,” the actor said describing the physical demands of the role.
He also praised the fight coordinator for the choreography of the action sequences.
Golding explained, “(Kenji Tanigaki) was with us for like two months, and put us through our paces, brought us up to speed on where we wanted our characters. What is shown in this movie is super grounded and the majority of it is without special effects. All of the actors doing their own stunts. Every single choreography we had to learn and do ourselves.”
He also discussed getting to know his co-star Iwo Uwais, who plays Hard Master in the film.
“I speak broken Bahasa, obviously Bahasa Indo is very similar to the Bahasa Melayu,” he said. “So, you know, we cracked some jokes on set and stuff, we were very close. But for him to teach me a little bit of Silat, which is the traditional martial arts of Indonesia, is phenomenal. That style has so much sexiness to it. I think just the moves themselves are just unbelievable. But yeah, working with him was unreal.”
On the subject of how Snake Eyes is shown in the movie, the character seems to do things that fans would find unfamiliar, such as speaking and removing his mask.
“We need to understand the jeopardy behind the decisions that he makes,” Golding explained. “We need to understand that he’s not just a fighting machine. He has a heart. He has a history. He has family, at the end of the day. So, how did he get to the space of putting that mask on? And why did he make those decisions? That’s what we explore. And that’s why I’m so excited to revamp and really start at the origin.”
Snake Eyes is scheduled for a theatrical release on July 23, 2021 and also stars Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as The Baroness, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Takehiro Hira as Kenta, and Iwo Uwais as Hard Master.
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