Warrior," a drama that follows to estranged brothers that are on completely different paths but heading for the same destination. Director/screenwriter Gavin O'Connor and co-screenwriter Anthony Tambakis talked about the MMA drama after the film in a interesting Q&A. Take a look at the highlights below...
Warrior" revolves around MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) the film is very much a focused on telling the story of estrangement between two brothers and their father, violence just so happens to be the launchpad. Gavin O'Connor said he wanted everything, "grounded in reality." He wanted to make sure that every move, grapple, punch, kick or takedown in the film had been done before and was documented. Gavin said he watched hours and hours of MMA footage to find the right mixture of moves. He went as far as to say, "anything you will see on screen is something I needed to have seen first." Gavin also mentioned that all the fighting was choreographed and then deconstructed. He said, "It has to be messy otherwise it doesn't look real."
Warrior" does exactly that. Both Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy went through strenuous training in order to get in shape and these guys are in the thick of it for most of the shooting schedule. Both actors came to the roles with background knowledge (Joel Edgerton has a black belt in karate) but Gavin O'Connor stressed what they had to do physically in order to get ready. The two had rigorous workouts with the top MMA trainers. Gavin O'Connor talked briefly about shooting schedule with so many fighting sequences to film and said he tried to "give the actors breaks." He also mentioned that he would have a signal with Joel Edgerton for when he needed time. The shoot didn't go without injury either, Joel Edgerton tore his MCL while Tom Hardy broke a few ribs, his hand, and a toe. Gavin also mentioned that they used real fighters throughout the film. By doing this the production team was fighters that needed to become actors. "They needed to learn to pull punches when they are trained to punch through things," co-writer Anthony Tambakis said.
Warrior" releases Friday, September 8th.