Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco discussed their vampire action film, which is now available on Netflix. They play a hard-working dad who works as a pool cleaner. He doesnt realize that his true income is hunting and killing vampires. Franco is an employee of a vampire hunter union, which compensates hunters for killing vampires and selling their fangs.
Snoop Dogg, Karla Souza, Meagan Good, Oliver Masucci, Scott Adkins, C.S. Lee, and Zion Broadnax star in Day Shift. Shay Hatten (John Wick: Chapter 3, Army of Thieves) and newcomer Tyler Tice direct the film.
During the interview, Foxx and Franco discuss the amazing opening fight between Foxx and an elderly vampire, how the film combines humor, action, and serious moments, what it was like shooting the film in forty-two days, the world of Day Shift, how the film is different from John Wick with vampires, and more.
Watch what they said above, or you can read our conversation below.
COLLIDER: I had a lot of fun with this, and some of these action set pieces are wonderful. Let's go into the opening one. And I'm sorry, Dave, that you're not in this one, but that's the beginning.
DAVE FRANCO: Please, please.
The grandma's opening fight sequence is fantastic. Could you elaborate on filming that sequence because it's such a great fight?
JAMIE FOXX: Listen. That's what piqued my interest in the film. When JJ showed me the previz of that, I said, "What is that?" And he replies, "How is this lady, this old lady doing it?" And so, it turned out to be the one thing that I couldn't wait to see. It was because when people see that shotgun blast and blow that old granny into the kitchen, everyone is interested.
FRANCO: During your first scene when you're shooting a grandma into the wall with a shotgun, you know you're in for a good time.
FOXX: For sure.
FRANCO: It's a fantastic way to get out of the gate.
The tone of this film is fascinating because it's funny. It can be funny, but it's also action-packed. Can you please elaborate on the fact that J.J. does a fantastic job of balancing? It's a tricky task to accomplish.
FRANCO: Yes. My initial conversations with JJ were like, "Hey, I've got the action covered." That's where he excels. And he's like, "I want you guys to do your thing." From the start, Jamie was like, "I just wanted to make this film a little relatable."
FOXX: Yeah, yes.
FRANCO: That was the sort of mindset he used throughout his studies. He's like, "If we can infuse as much comedy as possible, it's going to add that extra layer that makes this film that much more enjoyable."
FOX: I knew I had the right guy to do it because I literally told JJ, "I don't want to do the film unless Dave Franco's in the film." And I tell people all the time, "I'm a comic snob. I'm the comic elite." But I want to know how he was making me laugh because he was doing it in such a clever way. So every time he came to work, he'd carry something in his bag.
FRANCO: I've got a little something for you.
FOX: A little something. He killed it.
I need to cancel it because I love that, but anyway. Xavier on After Party
FRANCO: Thank you, my friend.
So, the other thing you guys did was shoot this in 42 days, which for those who don't know the art of filmmaking, isn't a lot of time. Did you ever feel the pressure when you have such a limited amount of time? Could you briefly discuss the difficulties of having a tight shooting schedule?
JJ is a machine. He moves so rapidly, he's been shooting second unit action on the biggest films in the world for the last decade. And so, when we got on set, everybody knew exactly what they're doing. And so, before every take, JJ literally screams, "Who wants to try one?" And then, sixty of the greatest stunt people in the world, all in unison, "Ah."
FOXX: What's strange is that by allowing us to get in and do those stunts, this guy right here, man, he is an accomplished athlete. Don't give anything away, but when he does his thing, it's crazy, which I hope people will start watching this, so we can do Night Shift. And then we can do that thing together.
FOXX: Everyone was doing their own stunts. Snoop came in, he was training with us. And JJ shoots in a way that's letting things breathe... There are certain action films that are so extensive that you can't even tell what's going on.
Don't get me started. It makes me spooky as a film fan when I'm like, "Oh, there's ten cuts in a second. I've understood what this is."
So what is the cool thing about this film, which is not John Wick with vampires, but there is a John Wick element in terms of the vampire union and all that stuff that goes on with it. Can you give some feedback on that aspect of the film, or did you borrow any of the teeth you needed to keep?
FOXX: Here's what makes the film tick. It's not Blade, it's all about that. This is a guy who goes against his teeth in an effort to help his kid, and it's all about Karla Souza, who's incredible in her role, who's more than happy to assist his daughter in some way. If we want to do something more, it's a great home base.
I'm just going to say, man, thank you for your effort. And I really hope it's a huge success for you guys, and you can make another, and I like that title Night Shift.
FRANCO: Sure. The third one is Graveyard Shift.
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