Jenel Stevens
Crafts

The Woman King Stuntwoman Jénel Stevens on Doubling Viola Davis and the Importance of Having Proper Rehearsal Time

The continued box office success of The Woman King is, first and foremost, a tribute to its star, Viola Davis. The film has grossed $76 million worldwide to date, and it has been Davis’ commitment to the project — both in her portrayal as the Agojie warrior Nanisca and as the film’s producer — that has impressed moviegoers around the world. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the film’s hard-hitting battle sequences […]

Gaston Morrison
Awards

Peacemaker Stunt Coordinator Gaston Morrison on Exploding Cows, Human Torpedoes, and Staging Comedic Action

HBO Max‘s Peacemaker, a spinoff series built around John Cena‘s character from The Suicide Squad, officially brought the DC Extended Universe to television, and the superhero show’s first season required a tremendous amount of work from Stunt Coordinators Gaston Morrison and Wayne Dalglish, who received the series’ sole Emmy nomination. Below the Line recently spoke to Morrison — Dalglish couldn’t join because he was on set — who discussed the […]

Crafts

Bullet Train Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director Greg Rementer on Prepping the Star-Studded Cast for Crazy Fight Scenes

David Leitch’s Bullet Train pulled into theaters this past weekend, pitting Brad Pitt against a cadre of assassins played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, and Bad Bunny, among others, all while riding a fast-moving train through Japan. As has become the norm with Leitch’s films, which include the first John Wick, Deadpool 2, and Atomic Blonde, the action plays an incredibly important role. Leitch knows the importance of […]

Buster Reeves
Awards

Reacher Supervising Stunt Coordinator Buster Reeves on How to Stage a Knife Fight on a Fire Escape, Plus That Epic Prison Brawl

Bestselling author Lee Child has written more than 20 books about Jack Reacher, a former Army MP who is a magnet for trouble, and the character has built an enormous following. In fact, two Reacher novels were previously adapted into Tom Cruise vehicles. Fans who have been begging for a more physically accurate version of Child’s hero had their prayers answered with Amazon Prime’s eponymous series Reacher. The first thing […]

The Whale
Animation

The Year’s Most Anticipated Movies From a Below-the-Line Perspective

The Batman and Scream were my two most anticipated movies of the year, and with the former currently playing in theaters and the latter now available On Demand, it’s time to turn our attention to my other Most Anticipated Movies of the Year, albeit with a below-the-line twist this time around. Rather than simply discuss the movies I can’t wait to see, I thought I’d highlight the crafts and below-the-line […]

Jackass Forever
Crafts

Jackass Forever Stunt Coordinator Charles Grisham on the Film’s Male Nudity, Vomit, Steve-O’s Accident and 4.5

“I’m Johnny Knoxville and welcome to Jackass.” I was 16 years old when I first heard those immortal words, followed by that now-familiar guitar twang that preceded Jackass, a 30-minute MTV show dedicated to broken bones and pure chaos. It wasn’t just the death-defying stunts that hooked me, it was the twisted bond between demented ringleader Knoxville and his merry band of numbskulls, including Steve-O, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Chris Pontius, […]

Featured

Fight Coordinator Andy Cheng on Taking Shang-Chi to the Next Level

Currently, the highest domestic earner of the year, Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now available on Digital and 4K/Blu-ray. The studio provided Below the Line with the chance to speak with the film’s fight coordinator Andy Cheng, whose work as a prominent member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team propelled him into a big career in Hollywood behind-the-scenes on such films as Rush Hour, Looper, […]

Gunpowder Milkshake
Featured

Gunpowder Milkshake Fight Choreographer Laurent Demianoff Shakes Up Fight Scenes With Humor And Cool Props 

The art of fight choreography is like a dance where every move is precise and counted out to the last beat to achieve the utmost goal of being badass, but most importantly so nobody gets hurt. Fight Choreographer Laurent Demianoff carved out a career mastering this skill. He studied martial arts from early childhood in lieu of soccer, at the behest of his famous father Georges Demianoff, who was known […]

Yellowstone
Emmy Watch

Emmy Watch: Yellowstone Stunt Coordinator Jason Rodriguez

Cows, cars, buffalo, horses, boats, bulls, and more, Jason Rodriguez juggles them all – safely and to great effect, as Stunt Coordinator on the Paramount Network series Yellowstone. Taylor Sheridan created the contemporary Western, has written and produced all 30 episodes to date, and directed nine of them, while Kevin Costner heads up the cast and serves as Executive Producer.  It’s the perfect gig for Rodriguez. His father (Jimmy Rodriguez) […]

Featured

The Equalizer Stunt Coordinator Chris Place on Queen Latifah’s Action Sequences

The original Equalizer ran on television from 1985-1989. Since then, the property has been rebooted twice, first as a movie starring Denzel Washington, and the reconceptualized 2021 version returns to television, starring Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, “The Equalizer.” The latest CBS series is developed by Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller.  Stunt Coordinator Chris Place (House of Cards, Mr. Robot) was brought in to coordinate the majority of the action […]