“Strike Again” solid experiences “vibrant” filming in Malaysia


We spoke to Warren Brown and Daniel MacPherson on the set of “Strike Again Season 6” in Johor, Malaysia.

“Strike Again Season 6” sees the Cinemax collection altering up its panorama to a extra Asian setting, with the solid attending to expertise locations like Goa and the Golden Triangle – all with out setting foot exterior of this season’s manufacturing location, Malaysia.

Final July, Cinema On-line had the prospect to go to one of many filming areas in Malaysia, specifically in its Southern state of Johor, and never solely obtained to considerably have a way of what the solid and crew skilled whereas filming within the jungles (properly, technically palm plantation) there day by day, but additionally obtained to have a little bit chat with the celebrities Daniel MacPherson (“A Wrinkle in Time”) and Warren Brown (“The Darkish Knight Rises”) whereas on set.

The duo reprise their roles as Samuel Wyatt and Thomas McAllister, respectively. Reuniting with Alin Sumarwata (“Neighbours”) who performs Gracie Novin, whereas newcomers Yasemin Allen (“Water and Fireplace”) and Jamie Bamber (“Battlestar Galactica”) be part of the solid as Katrina Zarkova and Colonel Alexander Coltrane.

With this season being filmed totally in Malaysia, it meant the solid and crew would have some acclimation to do, notably to the tropical nation’s humidity. Brown mentioned that he thought filming within the sizzling desert in Jordan final yr would put together him for the warmth however this was “totally different”. “Actually you go exterior within the morning and also you begin sweating and you do not cease till you go to mattress at evening,” mentioned the actor, although he and his co-star joked that it lent their characters a extra lifelike and real sweaty look on the present.

This is extra of what the “Strike Again” stars need to say about filming the sixth season in Malaysia:

One of many scenes in “Strike Again Season 6”.

Cinema On-line: Hello there, when did you begin filming right here in Malaysia and the way’s it been working with the locals?

MacPherson: We arrived right here in April (2018).

Brown: It is a aggravating job this, there’s lots of stress however everybody from each division enjoys it and brings their A-game. There’s lots of laughs on set, all day day by day. Even evening shift after we have been working until four o’clock within the morning for a full week that first week in KL.

MacPherson: We additionally obtained the chance to work with a bunch of native actors as properly. We have had actors from across the space. We had some from Bangkok, Singapore and clearly loads from Malaysia as properly, each single one had been great, turning up so excited to be a part of the present, that makes our job simpler and it is nice.

What have you ever filmed to date? Something fascinating?

Brown: We obtained to fly across the Petronas tower and land on a sky bar in a helicopter. That was in all probability one of the best ways to see KL, chicken’s eye view.

MacPherson: We shot a gun combat on a rooftop and ended up escaping in a helicopter. That was fairly epic.

Brown: We have got a couple of free helicopter rides on the present.

MacPherson: I did some cool stuff in Penang. Oh, truly we shot Penang as if it was Goa and we recreated all the Holi Pageant. Took me two weeks to get all the colors out of my pores and skin and hair. [Laughs]. I obtained a can of pink dye by accident fired up my nostril throughout a take.

Sounds such as you had fairly a “vibrant” expertise.

Brown: We truthfully do not put on lots of make-up on this job. A day after the Holi Pageant combat, we had a great deal of make-up on as a result of we nonetheless had pink stain and blue stain in our hair, throughout our fingers.

Did you guys get to do a bunch of stunts but?

MacPherson: I did this nice scene with a beautiful actor from KL, beneath the bridge of Penang – gunfire, he almost killed me. That was fairly cool.

We additionally had a scene at degree 5 of an condo block. I needed to run and sort out [the actress]. Our stunt crew did an incredible job. I tackled her out the window, off the balcony for a 5 story fall onto the mat.

Have you ever had any accidents on set then?

MacPherson: I do not want tattoos, I’ve obtained “Strike Again” scars.

Brown: There’ve been a plethora of scars and stitches and bruises and knocks, and that was final yr, and it is the identical this yr. We dedicated to that proper from the start. It’s a tremendous secure set and all the things is properly managed however if you’re within the scene and also you’re giving all of it, the adrenaline speeding, you do slip. But additionally, it makes it actual as a result of if you happen to slip, you make that a part of the scene.

L-R: “Strike Again” stars Warren Brown, Alin Sumarwata, Yasemin Allen and Daniel MacPherson.

So, you may have a few new faces this season, how’s it been working with Yasemin and Bamber?

MacPherson: [Yasemin] has been wonderful, she performs Zarkova and it was form of – like us final yr, possibly much more so, it was a baptism of fireplace for Yasemin. She got here in, this present is sort of a treadmill working on max tempo and there is so many abilities and you must know all the things from stunt preventing to weapons coaching, the firearms coaching, and need to be an actor on high of that. Yasemin has all these qualities and needed to study Russian on high of that.

Brown: Bamber’s nice, one other actually well-established, actually skilled, beautiful fella’. Nice to work with, nice off set. He brings one thing utterly new to it, he is good.

How’s “Strike Again” totally different for you this season?

MacPherson: we’ve not had the burden of getting to arrange and introduce new characters as a lot this yr, that took lots of work final yr, to deliver out a complete new crew, a complete new part. And in addition I believe this season, the stability between being story-driven and character-driven is extra balanced. I felt like final yr was very story heavy and it was motion from the get go and you have got little glimpses into the characters. I really feel like this yr, the spectrum of the characters – notably for Wyatt, you study much more about Wyatt.

Now we’re simply capable of hit the bottom working. We all know precisely what to anticipate, we prepare, we have been comfy with the weapons. We skilled for months, we had a bootcamp in Jordan. So that you’re acquainted already, you are choosing up form of the place you left off. We simply obtained straight into it, we did not must arrange and we weren’t discovering our ft.

See how the duo’s characters have advanced in “Strike Again Season 6”, now accessible on HBO on Demand.


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