Acclaimed directing duo, the Russo Brothers, disclose the most difficult scene to shoot for their recent Netflix action film The Gray Man.
Acclaimed directing duo, the Russo brothers, disclose the most difficult scene to shoot for their recent Netflix action film The Gray Man. Penned by writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and based on the novel of the same name by Mark Greaney, the story of The Gray Man revolves around CIA Agent Court Gentry AKA Sierra Six. When he discovers the corrupt secrets of his superior, Gentry is forced to go on the run from a sadistic and ruthless mercenary named Lloyd Hansen, who is unofficially hired by the CIA to chase him down.
The Gray Man features an ensemble cast led by Ryan Gosling as Gentry and Chris Evans as Hansen. They are joined by a supporting cast that includes Ana De Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Rege-Jean Page, Dhanush, Wagner Moura, Alfre Woodard, and Julia Butters. The film marks the Russo brothers’ first film at the helm since 2021’s Tom Holland-starrer Cherry, and their first big-budget project since their last MCU venture Avengers: Endgame. The Gray Man is among Netflix’s most expensive movies to date with a production budget of $200 million, which is evident based on the film’s numerous action set pieces.
Now, in a recent episode of the podcast The Edge, the Russo brothers sat down to discuss their latest film The Gray Man, and explained the toughest scene to shoot for the film. Anthony Russo mentioned that even though there were many scenes in the film that were “exciting” to shoot, the sequence in Prague presented a different set of challenges, as it involved multiple factors like a car chase and a tram “creaming through” the city, to mention a few. He also stated that the entire crew had to use all of their past “experience” to surpass what they’d done before to help them realize their vision. Check out his full quote below:
“I mean, look, they’re all thrilling and challenging. The movie was intended to be sort of an adrenaline rush and a gauntlet of action that this lead character is put through. They’re all challenging, they’re all exciting. Certainly, the scene in Prague was very difficult to shoot. It was a massive set-piece that involved huge sections of the city, it involved the square the city, it involved a tram creaming through town, a car chase, it was very complicated. So that scene, our whole team basically to draw upon all of our experience and reach beyond what we’d ever done before in order to figure out how to achieve that scene. So I think in a lot of ways, that was the most challenging scene, but also, maybe the most satisfying because of that level of challenge.”
The scene in question takes place about midway through the film after Evans’ Lloyd Hansen puts an additional bounty on Six’s head, attracting some of the world’s best mercenaries and assassins to hunt him down. When Hansen gets word of Six’s presence in Prague, he sends several teams of hired guns to go after him, which leads to an extensive shootout in the streets of the Croatian city. Unlike Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame where most of the major action sequences required visual effects, the above-mentioned scene in The Gray Man would understandably introduce a unique set of complications to the directors, given that it was shot practically for the most part and on location in Prague.
The Russo brothers’ roots in creating massive set-pieces go as far back as their work on the highly-rated comedy series Community, where they directed the iconic two-part paintball episodes. This later provided them with the platform to take on the task of directing 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which featured practical action sequences similar to what viewers were treated to in The Gray Man. Now that a sequel has officially been greenlit with the Russos returning behind the camera, audiences can expect them to double down on the action and recreate set-pieces like the above-mentioned Prague sequence that made The Gray Man the adrenaline-fueled cinematic experience that it is.
Source: The Edge
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