One of the most anticipated summer movies this year is Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw a spin-off of the popular movie series, in which Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Johnson Band to be seen Jason Statham returns to her respective roles as Agent Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. The old enemies are allying in the movie, which will hit theaters on August 2 to defeat the "supernatural" villain Brixton (Idris Elba).
Director David Leitch, co-owner of 87eleven Action Design, one of Hollywood's top stunt action consulting firms, had the unique opportunity to interpret the nearly 20-year-old film series in its own way. He recently sat down with Muscle & Fitness to discuss how that was, how the actors trained for the film, and what cinematic inspirations he had.
M & F: Have you thought about the way the actors were trained for the film, how these characters should be physically constructed?
DL: We train actors But if you have Dwayne, who trains more than anyone else, and Jason, who is a total athlete and has trained with our team over 87eleven for a decade, this is work done for you. With these people who have made fitness a priority, you can just have fun.
What was it like to jump on this mega-franchise after so many installments? Do you feel that you have left your own mark?
Well, this is a spin-off that lets you leave your mark, but with characters that people have already met. It was a fun challenge and I am honored to have been a part of it.
What was it like to direct The Rock? Is he loose on the set? is he improvising at all?
The Rock is amazing. Present, easy and quick to laugh. He improvises, and it's always about improving the scene and the character for the audience.
Were there any films that inspired your vision of Hobbs & Shaw
? – Lethal Weapon and old buddy cop movies of the 80s and 90s that we do not see anymore.
What is the balance between practical stunts and action scenes? CGI standard situations?
Our [visual effects] executive at Universal told us he was shocked at the many practical stunts we captured. At some point he said it feels like in the old days, but there is a lot in this film [special effects]. We're definitely overriding the laws of physics and gravity, just like the fast movies, but in our own way.
During your career you had the opportunity to play in some gigantic franchises. Is there a challenge out there that you would like to accept?
Ah … so many things I would like to do … and so little time. Ha. No, there are many franchises that I would like to restart / outsource, as I did with this or Deadpool 2 but I am also very excited to do something more original.