TIMOTHY OLYPHANT REPLACES SHARLTO COPLEY IN ‘I AM NUMBER FOUR’
Timothy Olyphant (Justified, The Crazies) has joined the cast of DreamWorks‘ I Am Number Four, directed by D.J. Caruso. Olyphant joined the cast after Sharlto Copley (The A-Team, District 9) dropped out. Copley, who played Wikus Van De Merwe in Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 was to play a man who hailed from the alien world’s serving class but now is the title character’s (Alex Pettyfer) adult guardian and mentor.
Variety reports that Copley’s departure is a simple scheduling conflict due to the press obligations for 20th Century Fox’s The A-Team. Film Drunk says however that the real story is that Copley left because…
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PRINCE OF PERSIA ACROBATIC STUNTS. HOW DID THEY DO IT?
The Prince of Persia video-game series distinguished itself with the superhuman gymnastics of its hero, who ran along walls and jumped over buildings like a Middle Eastern Super Mario.
To translate those digital acrobatics into a live-action movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the filmmakers trained star Jake Gyllenhaal in parkour, the French-originated art of free running, previously seen in such films as Casino Royale and District 13.
“It was the first set of sort of training that I started to do,” Gyllenhaal said in an online session from London last week. “First I was working with gymnasts, starting to work on landings and things like that while I was doing regular cardiovascular training and other things for the role. I didn’t really start doing the serious parkour stuff until we got to Morocco and we started choreographing the scenes on top of casbahs.
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Timothy Olyphant is a highly underrated actor. It is good to see him getting more roles as of late. What are your thoughts?
Parkour stunts defy gravity. If you haven’t seen any videos on Parkour I suggest Googling it. You will have a greater appreciation for what Jake Gyllenhaal had to learn.