WATCH: Chris Hemsworth on Doing His Own Stunts in New Film Extraction
The film was directed by the stunt coordinator behind Avengers: Endgame!
(SPOT.ph) If you're a fan of Chris Hemsworth as the powerful (and cheeky) Asgardian demigod Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you'll want to check out his new Netflix film Extraction. The action thriller tells the story of black-market mercenary Tyler Rake (Hemsworth) and his mission to save Ovi (Rudraksh Jaiswal), the son of an imprisoned crime lord in India. The film was directed by Sam Hargrave who previously worked on stunt choreography in Marvel films like Avengers: Endgame and Captain America: Civil War. Hemsworth and Hargrave worked closely together to make sure each sequence was done perfectly and fit the story's arc. And yup, Hemsworth did all of his own stunts! Check out this video of the actor and director talking about shooting the film's ambitious stunts and action scenes:
In the video, you’ll see Hemsworth perform some impressive fighting scenes from fighting off bad guys with hand-to-hand combat to driving in high-speed car chases. You'll also notice some of the extensive behind-the-scenes camera work that was done to make the most of each shot. Director Hargrave notes that they went to lengths to get the most dynamic shots while also keeping the actors and stunt team safe and moving the film's plot forward. “We’re trying to connect the action to the story and make sure that the action is story-driven,” he says.
Hemsworth notes that he went through several hours of rehearsal for each scene and you’ll even see a few shots in of him practicing his moves off camera. Joe Russo of the Russo brothers (the directing duo behind films like Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War) also makes an appearance in the video. He wrote the screenplay for Extraction and even produced it along with his brother Anthony. He notes that working on stunts and shooting big productions like this can sometimes involve “stand[ing] outside for 12 hours in 100-degree heat” with scenes being shot “anywhere from five to 15 times.”
Hemsworth shares that the entire shooting process was quite rigorous—he was exhausted all throughout. However, he also calls the action scenes “good fun” and believes audiences will be very impressed. “It is as real as anything you’ve seen [and was shot] without any special effects or green screen,” he notes. By now, you’ve seen the Australian actor in some pretty explosive fight scenes in the MCU, but he says that he’s never shot an action sequence with “this sort of complexity and this kind of detail, and [at] this amount.” He does say however that it was “a memorable shoot [and] one that I’ll wish I could repeat again and again.”
Extraction premieres on Netflix on April 24.
Video courtesy of Netflix.
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