“That was probably the most intense two weeks of my life”: Karl Urban & Bruce Willis’ Fight Became So Graphically Brutal That Director Had to Scrap It from Movie

Karl Urban & Bruce Willis’ Fight Became So Graphically Brutal That Director Had to Scrap It from Movie
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Bruce Willis has given a vast number of impeccable projects that remains close to fans’ hearts. Initially getting recognition for working in the rom-com series, Moonlighting, he built a formidable action-star persona by appearing in more than 100 films. However, there is an action-packed project starring him that had a scene that went excruciatingly brutal for it to even be in it.

Bruce Willis in Die Hard
Bruce Willis in Die Hard

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Karl Urban and Bruce Willis in Red
Karl Urban and Bruce Willis in Red

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“We had a fight scene that was probably the most gritty, arduous, difficult, intense two weeks of my life.”

He mentioned that the fighting sequence was quite a fun part, especially for him who got an opportunity to throw the action star.


“We gave each other a really good crack, we really did. It was all done within the bounds of safety, but I felt very grateful to be working with him. The most fun I had was throwing Bruce around an office, smashing stuff up.”

Meanwhile, the latter chimed in to share his experience stating

“We were in a room full of guys that all had the same like mindset.”

He admitted that everyone worked to make it ‘look brutal’ without any interference.

“We all wanted it to look brutal and no one really came in on those nights when we were working and said, ‘Now look, this is too brutal.'”

It all got way too far as he mentioned that the scenes were eventually toned down due to their fistfight becoming an extremely graphic sequence.


“They did cut down a couple of things that were just too much, too brutal, but we were all on the same page. It’s like we were playing sports again. We represented the graphic part of the graphic novel.”

While their action sequence was highly filtered due to their brutality, the lead actor was shocked to hear from the actual CIA guy when he was working to understand his role further.

Bruce Willis Was Shocked on Hearing Real Life CIA Agent’s Experience

Bruce Willis in Red
Bruce Willis in Red

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We had the opportunity to actually talk to a guy who worked in the CIA and was alive and worked during the time that you were allowed to kill people — a license to kill,” he said. “That guy is still alive and we got to talk to him. He told us some things. Shocking, shocking [things].”

Though he did not reveal his exact experiences, it was clear that he worked hard for his role. He plays the role of Frank Moses, a former CIA black ops agent who is tagged R.E.D. (Retired, Extremely Dangerous). Craving action, he reunites with his old team to capture an assassin who has vowed to kill him.

Red is available on Prime Video.


Source: MTV


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