Chances are, you’ve all been watching and appreciating Chris O’Hara‘s work for a long time without even realizing it. He’s been in the stunt world going back to the early ’90s and worked on Fight Club with frequent collaborator, stunt performer-turned-Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch. Since then, the stunt performer-turned-stunt coordinator has worked with the Wachowskis, he contributed to the John Wick films and, undoubtedly the most dangerous stunt job of them all, We Bought A Zoo. He’s brought his expertise to huge franchises, including Jurassic World and The Hunger Games. During a press day for the Blu-Ray release of Hobbs & Shaw, we got a chance to talk to him about his latest work.
After speaking with O’Hara, I actually got to recreate a stunt from the movie with the help of a few very cool stuntmen. Just as you might exactly imagine, I made Dwayne Johnson’s skills pale in comparison. “It’s like a dance,” the stuntmen would say, breaking down the specific steps required to properly kick someone in the groin. (Keep your foot flat facing downward, if you’re interested.) Experiencing the specificity of the subtlest of moves, really, made the fight scenes in Hobbs & Shaw all the more impressive and artful. It truly is like a dance — except with more liability and danger. Go too far with an elbow hit and, well, it’s not pretty. Imagine an elbow landing on a temple and try not to cringe. Even seemingly minor moves are ripe with danger. Another observation from working with these stuntmen: as shown by the Academy Awards, they just don’t get enough of the love or acclaim they deserve. One of them even remarked it was nice to see excitement and appreciation over what they do for a living.
Below, you can find a few nuggets of information we learned from speaking with O’Hara about his take on the next-level fights in the John Wick franchise, finding stuntmen to fight alongside Dwayne Johnson, and the athleticism of Jason Statham.
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John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming in 2021, but the cinematic world of assassins will expand even further in a new John Wick spin-off movie. Ballerina, a film which has been in development since 2017, has just found a director in the form of Len Wiseman, the guy behind movies like Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard. Read more about the project below. Read More »
Joker hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but the dark, gritty comic book movie has already stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy. Many people are questioning the film’s reported violence, and showing concern that Joker is going to glorify its villainous lead character. Things got so heated that Warner Bros. actually released a letter which flat-out stated: “It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero.” Now, Joker director Todd Phillips has again weighed in on the controversy, and he’s not happy about it. The filmmaker wants to know why his film seems to be being held to a higher standard than an ultra-violent action flick like John Wick. Does he have a point?
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Better dust off your best bulletproof suit: a John Wick escape room is coming. The escape room will also feature a bar modeled after The Continental, the famous hotel featured in all three films. Players will have to try to escape from a vault before they’re found out by (fake) assassins. This all sounds cool, there are only two catches: you’ll have to go to Central London to play, and the escape room will only last for one day.
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We may have our differences, but as a society, we’ve all come together to agree on one thing: our undying love for Keanu Reeves. We love to watch him work, and we love to watch him enjoy his work. And two new John Wick 3 featurettes give us both of those opportunities. In these behind-the-scenes clips, watch as a very giddy Reeves learns how to ride a horse and also shoot a big motorcycle chase scene.
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Anyone knows that taking John Wick’s car for a joyride could sign your death warrant, but you won’t have to escape the wrath of the Baba Yaga in order to get a look at his car this summer. Ahead of the September release date for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Lionsgate is taking fans on a John Wick Road Trip for the next few weeks. Motorcycle-riding assassins not included.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch as James Corden and Josh Gad play Hobbs and Shaw before they got fired from the Fast and Furious spin-off. Plus, watch as stuntmen react to even more stunts from movies like The Raid, The Dark Knight Rises, The Matrix, John Wick: Chapter 2 and more, and find out some trivia you didn’t know about Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Read More »
Hero Complex Gallery has reopened in an all-new location at 1050 S. Fairfax in Los Angeles, and they opened up their new space with Blacklight 3, the third show in a series featuring vibrant, electric artwork created with fluorescent ink that really shines when put under a blacklight. New entries in the series include pieces paying tribute to Blade Runner, IT, Beetlejuice, Skyfall, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Shape of Water, 2001: A Space Odyssey, John Wick, and many more. Check out the latest in the series of Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight artwork below. Read More »
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If you didn’t catch John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum in theaters this summer, you unfortunately missed out on one of the most satisfying theatrical experiences of the year. Thankfully, you’ll be able to somewhat rectify that issue when the action sequel comes home.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum will arrive on digital download in August, but if you’d rather wait for a physical copy on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, or DVD, then you’ll have to wait until September. But no matter what, you’ll be more than happy with the extensive list of special features that go behind the scenes of the making of this electrifying action flick. Read More »
After the success of John Wick: Chapter 2, Starz announced plans to develop a TV series in the world of John Wick. The Continental would be set in and around the hotel chain for assassins from the films. Franchise creators Chad Stahelski, David Leitch and Derek Kolstad are involved, with Stahelski set to direct the pilot. Franchise star Keanu Reeves is an executive producer.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum opened this summer to a series high success. So much so that Lionsgate already slated John Wick 4 for May 21, 2021. Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch gave an executive session for the Television Critics Association today where /Film asked him about the status of The Continental.
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