Saturday, October 18, 2014

David Dobkin Answers "THE" Jackie Chan Question

David Dobkin directed 'Shanghai Knights' and recently did an interview with the Huffington Post in which he was asked 'THE' Jackie Chan question:

Does Jackie Chan really do all of his own stunts?

Yes. It's an incredible thing to watch. He popped his ankle out one day while jumping onto a boat in a scene for Shanghai Knights. He designs and choreographs his action scenes the way Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire would choreograph a dance sequence. The Ideas flow out of him in real time, and we actually had to chase him around with a film crew to adapt to what he was thinking up.

One of the things that was really amazing was watching him use sleight of hand. He understands what the camera sees, what the camera doesn't see, and understands how it's going to be entertaining for an audience to watch him do what he does. He's a bit of a well as a stuntman.



Azizur Rahman said...

David Dobkin is the only western filmmaker to give Jackie total freedom with his fight scenes. And it shows. Shanghai Knights for me is his best US film.

Dagmar Crmanova said...

So reading these words I know something new again. Would be nice to make another "Shanghai" movie.

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