Movie “HITMAN: AGENT 47” STARS PRAISE PINOY MARTIAL ARTISTS BEHIND FILM’S FIGHT SCENES

“Hitman: Agent 47” movie is a video-game inspired flick that tells the story of an elite assassin whose latest target is a corporation that plans to create an army of killers — even more powerful than Agent 47 himself.

English actor Rupert Friend played the main role of Agent 47 which is a genetically engineered killing machine. With the help of Katia Van Dees, played by English model and actress Hannah Ware, the origins of 47 were revealed as he battles his deadliest foe – John Smith, played by Zachary Quinto.

When this Hollywood movie needed great fight and stunt scenes, the production turned to a premiere stunt team that includes three Filipino American kali martial artists. Jonathan Eusebio is the stunt coordinator while Jon Valera and Jeremy Marinas are the fight coordinators for Agent 47.

By using his newly acquired Filipino martial arts skills, Friend says that for several times in the movie he had to fight and kill the Filipino American actors who played various roles as assassins.

“They taught me a lot of just straight Filipino street fighting that I found very useful and a little bit terrifying,” Friend said.

“We have a pretty good idea in terms of performance on camera like what looks better, sometimes realistic doesn’t necessarily cinematically translate better,” he also added. “Jon goes in and kinda sees the movement. If it doesn’t look sharp or wide enough, he knows how to change it according to the camera angle.”

While Zachary Quinto, known for his roles as Sylar in “Heroes” and Spock in “Star Trek”, learned a thing or two from these Filipino martial artists on how to become a brawler.

“Those guys were awesome and really took care of us. They really made us feel safe and really taught us the techniques that we needed during the taping of the movie,” Quinto said. Hannah Ware also said, “It was challenging, but I actually really enjoyed it and I wanna do more of it.” Ware also mentioned that her best friend happened to be Filipina.

The video game inspired movie, “Hitman: Agent 47” already begin its screening in Philippines theaters last Aug. 19 and Aug. 21 in the United States.

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