I thought that I was done with the Raid, but I forgot that it was making its rounds in other places around the world. Impact Online sat down with Gareth Evans for an interview, and some interesting details came up.
Just FYI, this was longer before, but the site was down for some reason. I’m going to just post it now so you guys can see it. Still have no idea what the issue was.
Here are some quotes by Gareth Evans on the Raid:
“I miss the golden age of Peckinpah and John Woo and Jackie Chan. There’s were action films with… clarity. You could see what was going on, read the action scenes and time was taken to build a sense of rhythm with the shots in fight scenes. The decision on how many bullets were being fired was one made of rhythm and made of a necessity for violence. What feels right? It wasn’t sewn together haphazardly , it was predetermined and planned out…That’s one of the things we brought to The Raid that I think people have most responded to. I don’t think we’re being ground-breaking… I’ve just done the things I learned by watching better film-makers over the years.”
“For the remake, I’m an Executive Producer on it – I’ll have a certain say on somethings but I feel that’s more independent and for it to work, I have to step away. I can’t be over the shoulder of whoever gets to direct. It’s important for them to approach it with a fresh pair of eyes, coming to it with a freedom to take it in whatever direction he wants to take it.”
“I’m a big fan of cinema. David Fincher is one of my all-time favourite directors. In terms of martial-arts, when you look at the films from Thailand – the work by Panna Rittikrai and Prachya Pinkaew… they broke the mould with Ong-Bak. That really kick-started the action genre again. That made people sit up and take notice. They’ve blazed a trail. Also Wilson Yip with Ip Man… there’s people who deserve more recognition than what they get. We consume a lot. When we make films we see what other people are up to. For instance, the stunt-people like Eric Jacobus are producing some incredible independent content of their own…”
Did you catch the last quote in there? It’s nod to the Stunt People and Eric Jacobus. Gareth Evans may be watching what you do as well, haha. I think that’s pretty awesome!
Anyways, read the full interview over at Impact Online.