The trailer for Universal Pictures’ “Fast X” boasted numerous wild scenes, with one of the more talked about also one of the least over the top – an old-fashioned fight between Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty and Charlize Theron’s Cipher.
The film, of course, famously started production with Justin Lin, who exited just days into filming because of creative differences and “The Transporter” director Louis Leterrier was brought in to replace him. For a few days there though, the project had no helmer in charge.
Out promoting “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,” Rodriguez tells Vanity Fair they filmed the fight sequence between her and Theron in that period without a director – pretty much handling the scene on their own with the help of a second unit director:
“Can I just tell you – no pun intended, but Charlize is a monster. We shot our [‘Fast X’] fight sequence with no director. Bro, like, hands down, drop mic, we nailed it. We were there. We don’t need [a director], let’s do this… We kept that train running until Louie came in and took over, and [Charlize] is a consummate professional… her work ethic is beyond.”
Leterrier previously revealed to Esquire Middle East in February that it was just four days between the time he got the call from Universal to join the film, to yelling ‘action’ on set. Rodriguez also spoke some more about the film’s cliffhanger ending, saying:
“It is not really an ending, but it’s also like, ‘You can’t do this to us. We’re your die-hard fans. You can’t do this to us!’. You’re going to feel so cheated in a way but then so gratified and excited about what’s to come. I can’t divulge more than that, but get ready for a shocker. After 23 years of shooting these things, it’s really tough at this stage to shock me, and they got me good.”
Boasting a budget of around $340 million and a runtime of around 165 minutes, “Fast X” is set to open in cinemas on May 19th.
Source : https://www.darkhorizons.com/fast-x-fight-shot-without-a-director/