Nicolas Cage Channeled Dennis Hopper’s Famous Character From This Movie in ‘Jiu Jitsu,’ Director Says

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jiu Jitsu director Dimitri Logothetis and Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage at all times makes fascinating decisions along with his roles. In Kick-Ass, he imitated the voice of Batman actor Adam West and in Mandy, he mimicked the faces Bruce Lee would make in a struggle. In his personal martial arts film, Jiu Jitsu, Cage referenced Dennis Hopper.

Jiu Jitsu director Dimitri Logothetis and Nicolas Cage
L-R: Nicolas Cage, Dimitri Logothetis | The Avenue

Jiu Jitsu director Dimitri Logothetis and star Alain Moussi spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet by cellphone. Here’s what they needed to say about Cage’s contributions to the movie. 

Nicolas Cage was a working towards martial artist earlier than ‘Jiu Jitsu’

Many actors prepare for his or her motion motion pictures. Keanu Reeves realized Kung Fu for The Matrix and Matt Damon realized Kali for The Bourne Identity. Cage introduced his personal private observe to Jiu Jitsu.

“I was very lucky, first of all, to get Nic Cage, because he’s a consummate actor who embraces genre,” Logothetis stated. “And number two, he is trained in Jiu Jitsu. He’s trained for several years. So it was pretty easy for him being athletic and being in good shape to step into the role. He pulled off about 80% of his own stunts.”

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For the opposite 20%, typically Logothetis needed to name in skilled stuntmen for actually harmful strikes. 

“I try not to get my actors killed,” Logothetis stated. “So when it’s really dangerous, I’ll go ahead and put a double in there.”

Nicolas Cage let his ‘Jiu Jitsu’ costar paved the way 

Alain Moussi stars in Jiu Jitsu as Jake, a person with amnesia however expertise in a number of martial arts. When Jake first meets Wylie (Cage) in Wylie’s hideout, they’ve a struggle.

“Nic actually was cool because when it came to the action, he totally gave me the lead,” Moussi stated. “We worked together, we practiced together for three days, three hours a day before we got to that scene. Then when we got to it, if there was anything I saw that he needed to do different, he would ask me for that coaching.”

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L-R: Nicolas Cage and Alain Moussi | The Avenue

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Moussi doubled Hugh Jackman in X-Men: Apocalypse and Jai Courtney in Suicide Squad. He was a stuntman on many motion pictures and TV collection earlier than starring in Kickboxer: Vengeance.

When you’re a stunt particular person performing with actors, usually you need to observe the actor’s tempo. You don’t set your tempo. You adapt to each solid member’s tempo. That’s why a extremely, actually good stunt particular person, display screen fighter can adapt it to many various folks. I’ve been doing that for years. So once I work with Nic, I perceive what Nic’s pace is, what his tempo is and what number of strikes he does at at a time. I adapt to that to deliver out the most effective in him and I lead the tempo in the case of doing my stuff. Nic was nothing however collaborative. He loved each minute of it. He had enjoyable and to me, I feel he appears to be like nice on display screen doing all of the combating.

Alain Moussi, interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, 11/16/2020

The Dennis Hopper film that will get a tribune in ‘Jiu Jitsu’

Cage deferred to Moussi and Logothetis for the combating, however when it got here to appearing, that was his wheelhouse. Cage selected a particular Dennis Hopper efficiency to evoke as Wylie.  

“He’s a consummate actor,” Logothetis stated. “He brings 100% to each movie. He actually respects the storytelling and once more, he embraces style so he stated to me, after we first sat down and began speaking concerning the character, he stated, ‘You know one thing? I actually really feel that I ought to channel Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now.’ So I believed that’s wild, let’s do it. That’s what he does and he’s additionally very entertaining within the movie.” 

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Nicolas Cage | The Avenue

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You don’t say no to a suggestion like that. Moussi additionally loved his dialogue scenes with Cage.

“I hope the action was cool,” Moussi stated. “At the same time, I think what’s cool about especially the cave scene with Nic, it’s to feel that chemistry between both characters. If that came out, we won.”

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