May 16, 2014

Adkins Discusses his “Frustrating” Fight Scene with Statham

One of the best moments of The Expendables 2 was the final fight scene between Jason Statham and Scot Adkins but I think we can all agree that it was far too short and nowhere near as awesome as it could have been.

Apparently we’re not alone in thinking that as Scott Adkins recently discussed the scene with Den of Geek:

“Well, it was frustrating because we only had a day to do it. I’m there thinking ‘Surely people want to see a good fight here. Isn’t that what people want to see? Me and Statham going at it and have a good fight scene?’ But try telling that to the producers when you’re getting to the end of the schedule and people are trying to save money.

But that’s filmmaking for you. That’s why they’re businessmen, not artists.

It’s frustrating because they took half a day away and gave it to Djokovic hitting tennis balls around, which wasn’t even in the movie. That was very frustrating.

I’d have to agree with Den of Geek that Adkins was rather wasted in the second movie and it would have been cooler to see him in a bigger role. Let’s hope on the third movie we get some truly awesome fight scenes which aren’t cut short.

Adkins also goes on to talk about how he and Jean-Claude Van Damme were so nervous on the set of the movie:

“It’s mind blowing, isn’t it? Doing the airport sequence, just to meet Stallone on his own is massive. Just to meet Arnold on his own is massive. But they were all there in the same place together, Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Dolph, Van Damme. I used to be star struck by Van Damme, but at this point it’s me and him getting all nervous together. I saw that Jean-Claude was as nervous as me to be honest, which was an interesting dynamic. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that, because we all respect the top three guys; Willis, Schwarzenegger and Stallone. Of course we do. Just a mind blowing experience.

Then of course, when you’re not filming you’re seeing them in the gym and you’re getting to train with them. You try and be cool and act like you’re not that impressed, but inside you just want to jump up for joy and say “Yeah! I’ve made it, Mum!”

Source: Den of Geek


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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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