When you cast your eyes across the vast battle scenes of the new feature film The Immortals, you won’t have to look too far to see some local talent.
“I got to do a fight with Mickey Rourke!” NX Martial Arts owner Alain Moussi said excitedly Thursday. “We spent three days on it. This very brutal fight. He’s really good. He was a boxer.”
While the fight was virtual and no contact was made, he said he felt the wind from one of Rourke’s punches. “I was like, ‘That would have been a knockout.’”
Moussi and five other local martial artists, Dennis Lafond, André Givogue, Mandel Nallo, Daniel Lavigne and Justin Saikaley were cast in stunt-double and special-skills-extra roles through the Montreal-based OSS Action Team stunt firm. Moussi, who was cast to double for lead actor Henry Cavill, said the experience was instense.
Shot in Montreal on massive sets with green screens, like the movie 300, The Immortals was a truly impressive operation, Moussi said.