When you think about great action on television, it's understandable if your head first wanders to martial arts dramas like Warrior and Cobra Kai, or a crime thriller like Reacher. What We Do in the Shadows has a counterpoint: Harvey Guillens Guillermo de la Cruz.
What We Do in the Shadows continues to deliver thrill-inspiring fight sequences for everyone's favorite familiar, the most recent of which was a major part of the fourth episode of the fourth season, titled The Night Market.
Nandor (Kayvan Novak) and Guillermo meet at a Night Market fight club that pits familiars against one another, ultimately leading to a face-off between Guillermo and his beloved master, Nandor.
Guillermo removes his coat and removes his weapon from a trash can lid, causing him to fall out of a truck, and his charismatic screen presence is equally effective.
Guillen claimed that the shoot in a Toronto factory took four days, and credited stunt coordinator Tig Fong for the end product.
Guillen tells Polygon that it was one of my favorites episodes. Kayvan was wonderful to do another stunt scene. Sword fighting was fantastic.
Guillen used a two-handed stick in the sequence, not only sword fighting. That was one of Guillen's highlights, and he compared Guillermos' work to that of other pop culture figures.
During his absence in London, [Guillermo] acquired a new skill and really knows how to whip the stick, according to him. He's like Gambit from the X-Men or a Jedi with a lightsaber. It's a lot of fun to do.
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Guillermo performs a backflip off a van in one of the more popular stunts in the Night Market sequence. Due to scheduling constraints, Guillen's stunt double Josh Maloney (Guillen dubbed a fantastic performer) was pushed in.
He says that's the one thing I really want to do. I was like, Ohhh! Put me in, coach!
Guillen is a well-known screen fighter and mover, as he has shown in previous fight sequences on the program.
He says that putting on a play is like learning the choreography and you have to be in the right step because if you are on the wrong count you can hit one another very badly.
And as he explains to Polygon, it is important to him to perform in these sequences himself.
Guillen says if I can, I want to do it myself. Because then it looks real and its cohesive and linear to the story. Nothing looks worse than when you look at other shows and the stunt doubles and you're like, That's not them, and we try to keep it... It's a documentary!
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Novak enjoyed the film as well as calling it a new, fresh challenge that was pretty daring. He applauded Guillens talent and dedication in the film.
Novak tells Polygon that working with Harvey again on that was fantastic. It was kind of intimidating for me because Harvey, you can teach him choreography and steps and dance and movement and he just picks it up right away.
Guillen claimed that the blades used in the Night Market match were genuine and custom-made, and that, although they werent sharp enough to shoot anybody, they were still somewhat dangerous, as the actors observed when Novak became a little excited in their fight.
Man, one of the takes, I was so interested in it, according to Polygon. Harvey picks up a trash can lid as a shield and i'm punching him with it. And then you know, there's like holes in the fucking shield, man. I pierced through the shield.
The Novaks sword missed Guillen, and no one was hurt in the incident.
Through much laughter, Novak said, "Jabbing your point willy-nilly, someone will be [hurt."
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