Otto S. kindly sent me this link to an interview with J.J. Perry, a veteran stuntman and the fight choreographer of UNDISPUTED II, BLOOD AND BONE and THE TOURNAMENT. The interview, on the blog of somebody named Doba Nevinosti, is pretty good and talks about Perry’s approach and his place in the new age of DTV action.
But I was most excited about it because Doba immediately asks about something I didn’t know about – Perry’s work with Steven Soderbergh on his upcoming action movie, HAYWIRE (it used to be called KNOCKOUT, but they changed it to HAYWIRE. Also they changed the entire premise from when they first announced it).Man, somebody better verify that this isn’t gonna be post-action style, because I’m getting more and more excited. It’s written by Lem Dobbs (THE LIMEY) and stars Gina Carano, “the face of women’s MMA.” I found this clip of Soderbergh talking about it before he filmed it. He talks about wanting the action to be realistic, but when asked about the BOURNE movies says that his would “have a very different aesthetic.” So hopefully that means what we think it might mean.
Carano must’ve already worked with Perry, because she has a little fight in BLOOD AND BONE. That’s on Youtube, but I’d rather point you to the DVD on that one because if you haven’t seen it yet you need to. Instead let me leave you with a Carano fight from EliteXC to give you an idea of how she fights:
VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.