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The Bourne Ultimatum: Planning the Punches (2007)

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A behind the scenes look at the rehearsals and filming of the fight scene between Jason Bourne and Desh from The Bourne Ultimatum.


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A behind the scenes look at the rehearsals and filming of the fight scene between Jason Bourne and Desh from The Bourne Ultimatum.

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11 December 2007 (USA)  »

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Towel vs Razor
14 January 2009 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

We start of in Marocco on 'Desh's day off'. This is of course Jason Bourne's fittest adversary yet as played by Joey Ansah, seen here practicing Capoeira moves and other martial arts tricks on the beach. From there we move over to Pinewood studios, where the actual four piece fight scene was photographed over the course of two and a half exhausting days.

As always, fight choreographer Jeff Imada came up with some intriguing common house hold objects for the two top agents to grab and beat each other up with. Naturally Bourne, being the good guy putting the emphasize on common while Desh prefers to go for dangerous. First Jason hits Desh in the Adam's apple with a hard bound cookbook while Desh swings back at him with an ornate pedestal ashtray. As the fight moves into the bathroom, Desh tries to cut Bourne with a straight razor, Jason protects himself with a towel. Prop man (sorry, Breakaway and Safety prop man) Thomas Jones shatters the illusion by showing the world that these potential murder weapons are specially prepared soft replicas.

Matt Damon also pipes in, telling the camera that he studies balance and learns it like a dance rather than try to compete with the actual martial artists. After all, his character is basically fighting a younger, leaner, more improved version of himself (according to Imada). Still, at the the end of the day just like all the other guys at the gym, Mattie and Joey can't resist doing a little Hanz & Franz impersonation of Gov. Arnie. Boys will be boys, after all.

7 out of 10

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