'Tron: Legacy' Star Anis Cheurfa Talks 'Tricking' Stunts
By Zach Dionne Posted Dec 21st 2010 02:50PM
Next thing he knew, he was getting scooped up to star in the years-in-the-making 'Tron: Legacy' as "the best fighter in the 'Tron' universe."
Cheurfa tells PopEater: "They told us the director of 'Tron: Legacy' [Joseph Kosinski] was going to be coming into the gym and wanted to see us do some flips with the discs and stuff. We did, and the director said I had, I guess, the perfect height and athleticism. So he chose me."
The 23-year-old star -- pictured here at the 'Tron: Legacy' premiere, his first ever, wearing his first tuxedo ever -- told us more about tricking, stepping onto a Hollywood set, and exactly how much action you see onscreen is real. Read our interview after the jump.
So it's called "tricking," right?
Yeah. It's a mix between some of the basic martial arts -- taekwondo mostly because it's a lot of kicking -- and we mix it with gymnastics, capoeira, some break-dancing motion and make it our own thing. I've been doing it for eight years.
Did the 'Tron' team already have tricking built into the script?
Yeah, they had my character as a very athletic guy -- the best fighter in the whole grid, in the whole 'Tron' world. They wanted him to be like, very fancy with the flips and stuff.
What is the action like in this movie?
Fancy! That's all I can say. It's stuff that would never happen in the real world, for example. It's really flashy and cool-looking.
See the 'Tron: Legacy' trailer:
With those costumes, do we ever see your face in the movie?
Unfortunately not; I'm not showing my face at all in this.
It's clearly very 3D and computer-animated -- did you do a lot of the actual stunt work anyway?
Yeah, all the fighting you see except for the motorcycle chase and the jet chase, everything that's fighting, that's us.
Were you wearing motion-capture equipment?
No, we were actually wearing the suits, the real 'Tron' suits they designed for us to wear.
Was there much wire-work?
There were a couple wire gags, but nothing like 'The Matrix.' We just used it for some stunt work, but not a lot.
Did you work with some of the big stars?
Garrett Hedlund and James Frain. Everybody else I hung out with was from the crews, the wardrobe department, all that. I was really interested in how they made the suit and everything.
Was it a good fit for you, working with experienced film people, jumping into that world?
Yeah, it's really crazy, man. I've never been around any of that. It was my first time being around a movie set, so that's pretty amazing. And then a 'Tron' movie set, that's even more
What do you want to do next?
I'm working hard on training my physical skills to become better and even more unique. I'm also working on my acting; hopefully I can get stuff where you can see my face.
See a clip of Anis tricking with E! host Ben Lyons:
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