Was the chase on the balconies of the dollhouse a tough fight scene?
Yeah, there’s a lot of wirework, jumping around and stuff like that, but I think it was relatively less taxing on me than the other fights. Actually, the Widow fight was hard because it was near the end of the shoot. It was deep in this New Orleans summer and we’re in those underground barracks there. So it was extremely hot and humid in there and hard to breathe.
Do those throwing stars actually throw well?
They get bent up pretty easily. We did mess around with them a lot. They were basically laser cut pieces of steel.
The colors are so vibrant on TV. What does it look like when you’re on location?
It is pretty brilliant looking. The lighting is done by Shane Hurlbut our cinematographer. He’s just amazing. You walk onto some of those sets and it’s just gorgeous. That golden light that comes through, the poppies were there. Most of it you can see while we’re making it. Most of it is done through lighting but not much is done through color correction.
Do you fight in motion capture in Warcraft?
Yeah, I fight in motion capture but very different than how I fight in Badlands. He’s an orc monster so I had to learn how to fight like that, as well as learn how to move and walk and breathe and talk like an orc. That was a major part of the training for that movie.
Was performance capture a big adaptation for you?
One of the main driving forces for me to accept that movie was because I got to work in motion capture and I wanted to explore it. The technology’s gotten to the point where it’s really advanced now. I’ve seen a 95% completed version of the movie and just looking at the level of detail, the orc I play, you can see the pores in their skin and you can see the moisture in their eyes.
Orcs are one of the most famous creatures in Warcraft. Did you play the game and did it help you at all with research?
I tried to go through a lot of the lore online. It was very informative. The character really came to fruition once we did the Orc class to learn how to move like Orcs. It was an interesting process. It helped me develop the character in a massive way.