As J.J. Abrams is Risen Star Wars He Wanted Suspense – and Actors Who Enjoy the New Movies . For a particular scene in The Force Awakens as Raider assassins attempt to kidnap the Millennium Falcon from their galactic target, Han Solo, Abrams wanted action – and actor, it could feel real. So Abrams called Iko Uwais.
It was as much a fan request as a regieanfrage. Abrams spotted Uwais, as did many in Hollywood, through his work on The Raid: Redemption the Indonesian martial arts film of Welsh director Gareth Evans, who also died of The Hard an M.I.A. Music video and the Malay self-defense art form Silat. The Raid became one of the most famous action films of the century, offering close-quarters combat to make Jason Bourne a hooligan with street balls, and John Wick an inexperienced MMA fighter. John Wick Star Keanu Reeves was so fond of Uwais that he cast him in a small role for his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi .
Abrams wanted that Action. So he called and staffed Uwais and Raid co-star Cecep Arif Rahman to hunt Han. He also asked Uwais to choreograph a lightsaber fight for later in the movie. Uwais, a champion in Pencak Silat, had written and performed hundreds of murderous battle choreographies with knives and machetes. The concept he showed Abrams envisaged a duel and included a finishing move in which a fighter strategically retreats his lightsaber before he wins the back of his opponent, and then, as Uwais explains, "the dead with a quick move Lightsaber in the back of Abrams liked the choreography, but found the fight too violent for the film's PG-1
Of course, Uwais does not see it that way and he was happy and honored that Abrams called him, Cameo or No was frankly rather surreal," says Uwais To live true passion, which is Silat, is certainly a privilege for me. "
Uwai's humility can be disarming, for a flashy elbow and throw-performer, his off-stage presence is surprisingly calm, he stands at about 5" 7 ", muscular but not dominating, and he smiles shyly and with the headlight-dislike native just for those who really never dreamed of a headlight.
Although Uwais is already an action superstar in the Eastern Hemisphere, it's only his non-cameo talents now coming to American screens. Last year, Uwais shot and fought alongside Mark Wahlberg as a threefold police investigator in mile 22, his first major American film role. Even surrounded by a cast that included Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich, Uwais became the most electrifying part of the production, surpassing Actionstar Wahlberg in every action star sequence. During an interview for the film, Wahlberg Uwais simply called a "badass".
It's a nickname that more Hollywood elite has recognized.
Uwais will be seen this weekend as a pale blond super villain fighting Dave Bautista and Kumal Nanjiani in Stuber . In August, he will take the lead in his Netflix-produced martial arts series Wu Assassin's .
Despite all modesty, his surprise that people like Abrams, Reeves and Wahlberg even know who he is, Uwais could soon be the most sought-after martial arts star in the world.