Exclusive Interview: RETRO ACTION- Martial Arts Action Star Gary Daniels Talks BRING HIM BACK DEAD & More!
I can officially check this one off my bucket list. As you all know, there’s certain action stars past and present that I’ve always wanted to interview ever since I created my little old website. Well. here’s a big one as my next guest has been consistently in my top 3 of all time DTV action stars from the great decades of the 80’s and 90’s. This man needs no introduction but I’m damn sure gonna give him one as he deserves it with all the years of high-octane excitement, he has given fans like myself.
From the late 80’s throughout the 90’s, British born martial arts icon Gary Daniels has dazzled audiences with his signature skills, most notably his awesome array of kicks and combos that seemed to defy gravity with every hit. Daniels has starred in some of the best that that era had to offer with some of his most popular additions being Fist of the NorthStar, Rage, Recoil and White Tiger. Each film showcased Daniels’ winning onscreen charisma to go along with his deadly physical prowess and his patented helicopter kick that was a thing of brutal beauty.
After the 90’s, Daniels left the spotlight a little but has still graced the covers of later flicks such as Forced to Fight, Skin Traffik and a role in the original Expendables movie where he took on the likes of Stallone, Jet Li and Jason Statham. Daniels hasn’t missed a step as he is still in incredible shape and his moves are still award winning.
Daniels is back this week in the retro action-thriller Bring Him Back Dead where he plays the wheelman for a gang of thieves who defies his boss for righteous reasons. Now, the people he used to work with want him dead in a big way and with the battle cry of Bring Him Back Dead, our anti-hero will have to use his killer skills to stay alive as the hunted becomes the hunter.
In this exclusive interview with yours truly, Daniels talks about the new film as well as his career, being in The Expendables and life philosophies that serve him well to this day. Without further ado, here is the Action-Flix exclusive interview with martial arts action star Gary Daniels!
Hi Gary! First of all, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to chat with me. As you know, I’m a huge fan of yours and you’re one of the top three all-time favorite action stars for me. We are here to talk about Bring Him Back Dead which is out now on DVD and Digital but before that, I wanted to chat a little about your great career.
1) First of all, I have my favorite films of yours with Fist of the North Star and Recoil being two of them. Fist is my favorite because I always felt that the finale showcased your talent the best. I wanted to ask you if you have a particular film that is tops in your book and why is it?
2) You have had a great career but your years with PM Entertainment are definitely a highlight especially for us fans of yours. Can you talk about that period of your career and what it was like to film such hyper-kinetic action sequences in them? They certainly showcased top tier action like in the 80’s and they had it all from spectacular hand to hand fight sequences to full on bombastic chases, explosions and stunts.
3) When I heard you were going to be in the first Expendables movie, I was so excited as I would be seeing you do your thing on the big screen. First off, can you tell us what it was like to be on set with all those action legends like yourself. From Stallone to Jet Li, it was a true merging of action stars.
4) Secondly, can you describe how it was to film your climatic fight with both Jet Li and Jason Statham. For me that was a definite highlight and I always felt that you had the best death scene in the entire movie. Ha Ha.
5) Now let’s talk about Bring Him Back Dead. It’s truly awesome to see you headlining an action pic again. How did you get involved with the project?
6) Unlike your earlier film roles, your role of Alex is more of an anti-hero role. He’s a bad man doing bad things for what is revealed as a good reason. Talk about portraying him and talk about why it seems that damaged heroes are the thing in action films these days.
7) Watching you move in the movie; it was like I was back in the 90’s watching you do your signature action. How do you stay in such incredible shape and how is it to train in your 50’s?
8) Talk about the fight scenes in the film. I know that David Lavallee Jr. was the stunt coordinator, but did you have any input in piecing together your fights, especially what finishing moves you would do and your patented kicks?
9) How was it to work with such great actors as Louis Mandylor and Daniel Baldwin? Also how was it to take on Louis in the finale?
10) In this day and age of CGI and superhero movies, I always feel that indie action cinema still has the heart and soul of throwback action films of the 80’s and 90’s. Tell us in your words, how important it is to do practical things like stunts and action. There’s nothing like doing it for real.
11) One thing I liked about Bring Him Back Dead is that the action was shot clearly and coherently. With a lot of films using shaky cam and quick edits, give us your thoughts on shooting action the right way.
12) Of all the action stars like yourself that you’ve faced in your movies, who is the one that you always look fondly on fighting in a movie and who would you, if any, still like to take on if you had the opportunity in an action movie?
13) I follow you closely on social media and I love your posts about life and martial arts. Can you tell us how you’ve changed since you first started in the industry?
14) Looking back at your life and career, what are you the proudest of in terms of life itself and the films you’ve done?
15) Looking at the future, what would you still like to accomplish before all is said and done?
Thank you, Gary, so much for taking time out to talk with me. I can’t tell you how much joy and excitement you brought to my life. I told myself that if I ever got the opportunity to talk with you, I wanted to share that you were one of the main reasons I started in the martial arts myself and have continued with it for over 30 years now. I look forward to seeing you in all future projects. All the best from one of your faithful!
John M Jerva is the owner and editor-in-chief of Action-Flix.com. He likes movies that explode, shoot, kick and punch and most importantly, he likes movies that do all the above!
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