Acclaimed directorial duo, the Russo brothers, reveal the toughest scene to film for their recent Netflix action flick The Gray Man. Written by writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and based on Mark Greaney’s novel of the same name, the story of the gray man revolves around CIA Agent Court Gentry AKA Sierra Six. When he discovers his superior’s corrupt secrets, Gentry is forced to flee from a sadistic and ruthless mercenary named Lloyd Hansen, who has been unofficially hired by the CIA to pursue him.
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 Tom Holland starrer in 2021 Cherry, and their first big-budget project since their last MCU venture Avengers: Endgame. the gray man is one of Netflix’s most expensive films to date with a production budget of $200 million, which is evident in the film’s many action sequences.
Now, in a recent episode of the podcast The edge, the Russo brothers sat down to discuss their latest movie the gray manand explained the hardest scene to shoot for the movie. Anthony Russo said that while there were a lot of scenes in the film that “exciting“to shoot, the Prague sequence presented a different set of challenges, as multiple factors were involved, such as a chase and a tram”skimthe city, just to name a few. He also stated that the entire crew had to use all of their past”experience” to exceed what they had done before to help them realize their vision. Check out his full quote below:
“I mean, look, they’re all exciting and challenging. The movie was meant to be some sort of adrenaline rush and gauntlet of action that this main character goes through. They are all challenging, they are all exciting. Certainly, the scene in Prague was very difficult to photograph. It was a huge set covering large areas of the city, it was the square of the city, it was a tram racing through the city, a car chase, it was very complicated So that scene, our whole team to basically put all our experience and reach beyond anything we’d ever done before to figure out how to get to that scene. So I think that was the most challenging scene in many ways, but also maybe the most satisfying because of that level of challenge.”
The scene in question takes place about halfway through the movie after Evans’ Lloyd Hansen puts an extra 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 mercenaries to go after him, leading to an extended gunfight in the streets of the Croatian city. unlike Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame where most of the main action scenes required visual effects, the above scene was in the gray man would understandably introduce a unique set of complications to the directors, as for the most part it was shot practically and on location in Prague.
The Russo brothers’ roots in creating massive set pieces go as far back as their work on the highly regarded 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 Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with hands-on action scenes similar to what viewers were treated to The Gray Man. Now that a sequel has been officially green-lighted with the Russos returning behind the camera, audiences can expect to double down on the action and recreate set pieces like the aforementioned Prague sequence that the gray man the adrenaline fueled cinematic experience that it is.
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Source: The edge
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