John Wick’s action directors worked on Civil War, MMA action infused

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John Wick starring Keanu Reeves was a hit with audiences, mainly because of its realistic fight scenes infused with MMA grit. According to Collider, Chad Stahelski and David Leitch were brought in for the action sequences of Captain America: Civil War to match the realism. Realism in a super hero movie? Kind of an oxymoron, but still here’s what its directors the Russo brothers had to say.

They did us a huge favor. They’re friends of ours, and obviously, they’re now off enjoying very successful directing careers, and just as friends we called them and asked them if they’d help us execute some of the action sequences. Along with Spiro Razatos, who is generally regarded as the top guy along with Chad and David, so we literally had an all-star team of second unit directors working on this movie with us, because we cared so much about the action, the quality of the action, and we knew we had to work really hard to up our game from Winter Solider, so we wanted to bring in the best people in the business to help us do that.

Captain America: Civil War drops May 6th, 2016 and features Chris Evans squaring off against Robert Downey Jr.

Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.

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