Glen Powell teases Twisters with, ‘One of the most incredible action sequences of all time.’

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Glen Powell has promised that ‘Twisters’ will feature “one of the most incredible action sequences of all time.” The ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ actor teased that the storm footage in the upcoming blockbuster “all happens in a oner” and revealed that he was “hit by debris” and soaked through when he filmed the scene with the stunt cast. Speaking in the ‘Fandango’s Big Ticket’ interview, he said: “We shot that in December, with a rain machine. One of the coldest nights I’ve ever experienced, getting dragged across a pool by a wire. I think it was the most physical thing that I’ve ever done.”

Powell described the challenges of filming a sequence involving humans being sucked up into a tornado, which required the actors to simulate being hit by debris. He explained that the scene involved watching real stuntmen being lifted into the sky, trucks moving across the field, and the challenge of jumping into a pool while being dragged by wires. Powell emphasized the intensity of the shoot, saying, “It’s a fully physical experience because the investment as an actor that you have to have is like, it can’t be delicate. It can’t be tender. Tornadoes aren’t tender. You have to put your body on the line in order to sell that experience.”

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Director Lee Isaac Chung echoed Powell’s sentiments, describing the rigorous practical effects used on set. He told Empire magazine, “This is an elemental story, so I wanted us to go as practical as possible. We really tore things up. We had jet engines blowing. We had fans so massive you’d lose your hearing without earplugs. We were pelting our cast with everything – dirt, wind, ice.” Chung highlighted that the production aimed to create a realistic experience, pushing the physical limits of the cast.

Chung also discussed the additional challenges posed by filming during tornado season in Oklahoma. He admitted, “It was tough. The unpredictability of the weather caused a lot of issues and delays. It was my choice to do this in tornado season, but honestly, I still can’t believe we actually did it.” The decision to shoot during such a volatile time added a layer of complexity to the production, but it also contributed to the authenticity of the storm scenes.

The cast, which includes Daisy Edgar-Jones, faced intense conditions on set. Powell’s description of being dragged across a pool by a wire and pelted with debris paints a vivid picture of the dedication and physical endurance required to bring ‘Twisters’ to life. The use of practical effects, such as jet engines and massive fans, underscores the filmmakers’ commitment to creating a believable and immersive experience for the audience.

Powell’s excitement about the action sequence highlights its significance within the film. The scene is expected to be a standout moment, showcasing the dangers and chaos of a tornado in a visceral and realistic way. His experience of enduring cold, wet conditions, and being physically dragged and hit by debris, speaks to the effort put into making the sequence as impactful as possible. Chung’s approach to directing ‘Twisters’ aligns with his vision of telling an “elemental story.” By choosing to shoot during tornado season and using practical effects, he aimed to ground the film in reality, making the dangers of a tornado feel immediate and real. His acknowledgment of the difficulties faced during production also highlights the commitment of the cast and crew to overcoming these challenges to deliver an authentic and thrilling cinematic experience.

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As a sequel to the 1996 film ‘Twister’, ‘Twisters’ carries the legacy of its predecessor while pushing the boundaries of action and disaster filmmaking. The combination of practical effects, dedicated performances, and the inherent unpredictability of the weather promises a film that will resonate with audiences for its realism and intensity. The cast and crew’s efforts to create a believable and immersive experience underscore the film’s commitment to authenticity and realism. Powell’s description of the physical challenges faced during filming, combined with Chung’s dedication to practical effects, sets high expectations for ‘Twisters’. The film aims to capture the raw power and danger of a tornado in a way that only a movie like ‘Twisters’ can, promising to deliver one of the most intense and unforgettable action sequences in recent film history.

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