A Peek into The Expendables 4: Exclusive Interview with Alan Ng on Stunts by Jason Statham and Jackie Chan

In a casual conversation with Alan Ng, the stunt coordinator for the forthcoming movie The Expendables 4, he shares some interesting details about the film’s high-intensity fighting sequences and his experience working with legendary action stars.

The Expendables 4, also known as EXPEND4BLES, is returning to its hard R-rated roots by delivering over-the-top action with a dangerous crew of mercenaries. One of the reasons for the series’ success is its impressive cast of action icons, both old favorites and new faces, which promises an evolution of the franchise. In addition to staying true to its roots, The Expendables 4 will feature martial arts legends Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais, expanding on its action. Alan Ng, a renowned stunt coordinator who has worked on films such as The Karate Kid and Hidden Strike, joined the team to bring the film’s stunts to life. In an interview with Screen Rant, Ng talked about his experience working on the film, revealing the freedom he had as a stunt coordinator and his collaboration with the cast. It’s important to note that this interview took place during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, and the film wouldn’t have been possible without the labor of writers and actors from both unions. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

During an interview with Screen Rant, Alan Ng, the fight choreographer for Expendables 4, disclosed that he and his team were granted significant artistic freedom by director Scott Waugh in designing the movie’s fight scenes. Despite the challenges of being brought onto the production late in the process without any time for pre-visualization, Ng stated that Jason Statham, the lead actor, had faith in their ability to create the fight scenes without any practice runs. Ng singled out the fight sequence between Statham and Iko Uwais as his personal favorite. When collaborating with established action stars such as Tony Jaa and Statham, Ng noted that they were highly professional and offered only minor adjustments to the choreography. Additionally, Ng commended Statham for being keen on performing his own stunts and exhibiting excellent timing and spatial awareness during the fight scenes.

Expendables movies are famous for their high-octane and thrilling action scenes, but in the fourth installment, Expend4bles, the emphasis was on close combat and weapon fights to add a unique flavor to the film. Despite the daunting task, the filming process was a smooth ride, thanks to the cohesion and proficiency of the film crew. The interviewee savored the opportunity to work alongside the legendary Jackie Chan and even got the chance to be part of his stunt team- a lifelong dream come true. Although the interviewee has undertaken different roles in filmmaking, being a stunt performer has a special place in their heart. Looking ahead, they aspire to collaborate with bigwigs like Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise, and Chris Hemsworth.

Expend4bles is gearing up for an exciting adventure, where a fresh set of stars will join the world’s top action heroes. The elite team of Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Sylvester Stallone now welcome Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Andy Garcia to their ranks. Known for their unparalleled skills and impressive arsenal, The Expendables are the ultimate defense force, only called upon when all other options have been exhausted. With new members come new tactics and strategies, making way for some “new blood” in the franchise. Look out for upcoming interviews with the cast and crew as we gear up for the release of The Expendables 4 on September 22nd.

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