Director Sylvain White’s highly anticipated adaptation of Andy Diggle and Jock's “The Losers” will hit theaters next April. And while the film has an all-star cast — including Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba and Columbus Short — the movie may ultimately stand out from the pack thanks to its reliance on practical special effects over CGI, according to veteran stunt coordinator Garrett Warren (“Avatar”).
“[White] wanted it to be not only like the comic book but somewhat more visceral,” relayed Warren during an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It’s an amazingly real yet superbly comical look at these black ops special agents. And I loved the dichotomy. He was thinking the ‘Bourne’ films and ‘24,’ and yet he wanted to have comedy involved.”
“It’s all live action, 100%,” continued Warren. “There is some amazing action in that movie. You will be blown away. People will think, ‘Wow, that had to be CG.’ No. Nothing was CG. We did everything. For real. I dropped actors and actresses on wires. I threw people through doors and windows. And Zoe [Saldana]… she’s a wrecking machine. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to work on that movie.”
Warren also elaborated on how he helped “Avatar” star Zoe Saldana audition for the role of Aisha, which in turn led to him coming onboard “The Losers.”
“We were shooting ‘Avatar,’ at the time and [Saldana] came to me saying there was a movie she wanted to be in called ‘The Losers.’” related Warren. “The people weren’t sure whether or not she could handle action. She felt so heartbroken because they weren’t able to see the stuff she was doing on ‘Avatar.’ It was all top secret. She was such an action machine, but nobody knew it yet.”
“I helped shoot this promotional video for her to show that she could do action," continued Warren. "We had her shooting guns, wielding swords, knife work. … It was unbelievable. She was unreal. She got the part. And then she suggested they use me as their stunt coordinator.”
Warren also briefly touched upon his part in “Iron Man 2” as Mickey Rourke’s stunt double.
“You don’t get better acting than say Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke,” said Warren. “These guys work together so well. It’s such a fun and exciting movie. You can’t go away without feeling good.”
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