Daredevil Empire 5

I later asked Charlie Cox who plays Matt Murdock/Daredevil about the sequence during a round table interview with Rosario Dawson:

Peter Sciretta: One of our favorite parts of the five episodes we’ve seen is the end of the second episode, the fight sequence that’s like six minutes long and it looks like one take.

Charlie Cox: No one has said that.

Peter Sciretta: Really?

Charlie Cox: No, I’m kidding.

Peter Sciretta: I was gonna say, ’cause that’s incredible. I wanted to hear your experience filming that and how it went.

Charlie Cox: Yeah. Poor Rosario’s gonna be bored of hearing this. So it was–

Rosario Dawson: No, I love it so much.

Charlie Cox: It was incredible. It was as a special day as it was to as the scene has turned out. We dedicated our whole day to it. The first half of the day was just the camera movements. And then we got into, it was as you know it’s one take, so we had to get everything right. Each attempt that we had at it. And it’s incredibly tricky because it’s not like a long tracking shot with two people speaking, it’s a long tracking shot with people punching. And if one punch doesn’t land, it no longer works. It ceases to work as a scene. So I think we did it 12 times. I think three of them we made it all the way through to the end. And one of them was the one in the show, which is kind of almost flawless. I mean, it’s very hard to pick holes in that.

Peter Sciretta: So its really not stitched together at all?

Charlie Cox: No, that’s one take. And…

Rosario Dawson: The choreography though, that’s what kills me about it, ‘caus just that whole idea of when you’re seeing it and it’s not static, it’s not just looking in one direction, it moves, it goes and it looks in other places. The camera, it–

Charlie Cox: It tells a story.

Rosario Dawson: They change places and so like I’ve done enough, you know, I didn’t film anything like that, but, you know, I remember when we did the scene in Death Proof and we’re all around the table and the camera’s moving around and, you know, we choreographed this whole thing where we lean forward so we could in one shot we could get close-ups and two takes, whatever, so I knew exactly what was going on, but the fact that it wasn’t on a track, this is someone walking around. He’s dipping, like it’s seamless, you know. There’s points where he’s acting, where he’s fighting and all of a sudden–

Charlie Cox: I come in and I go in a door, I hide behind the door, Chris Brewster comes out, he does his bit. Then he goes into a room, I come back out, I do a bit and, you know.

Rosario Dawson: It’s just, it’s beautiful. And also it takes its time. There’s still, like, breathing. There are so many people. Just the reality of how much, you know, how every single person I’m sure that day was like “huh,” at the top of it. And that’s what makes shooting something like this so exciting because you’re Daredevil, but we’re all Daredevil. Like, you know, we’re all these different characters. Like it’s means so much to every single person on set to get it right. Whatever that means and there’s so many disparate ideas and views of what that is, but you know you got it when at the end of a take like that, everyone just goes yeah. There’s an immediate release that you don’t normally get on set, you know. Like people don’t normally cheer like that on dramatic film and indie films.

Charlie Cox: Yeah, it was a bonding moment.

Rosario Dawson: It’s beautiful and I love remembering everybody else who was there. You know, because from the producers down every single person is a part of that camera movement. If it doesn’t work, it’s like aw… You know? But when it does, it’s so powerful. And we’re on vampire hours. Most of the time, the whole crew, everybody, we’re working late at night. I’m very good at that. I love being up super late at night, but it’s hard. And I think what’s great about it is that it’s not supposed to be flawless and perfect. You know, it’s not supposed to be like these invincible characters fighting each other, it’s supposed to be real. It’s supposed to be real people. And I think that’s gonna get people in the room to kind of like pant with you. You know, like we were panting at the end of these takes. We’re not faking that.

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