the comeback king
Jai Courtney is Captain Boomerang
as an australian what did it mean to play an australian comic book character?
It’s incredibly liberating to actually play an Australian in a mainstream Hollywood film, but the boomerang was something I was slightly nervous about. I knew it had to be handled with delicacy because you’re talking about a sacred weapon to the indigenous people of Australia. I wanted to know that it was done right,.
Did you have to go through boomerang boot-camp?
I had my own little boomerang boot camp, yeah. I would hit the park. I didn’t know how much I’d need to be throwing them, but I thought it would be foolish to show up and have no idea what I was doing. They’re pretty easy to throw poorly, but it’s quite hard to master. I’m glad I’m not hunting kangaroos with it because I’d do more harm than good.
how far do you push the character’s questionable attitudes?
There’s some racial slur things that he throws around in the comic books where I thought, “Man, I hope we’re not going there” because in this world we’re obviously all bad guys, but there’s something incredibly charming and likeable about everyone, and while I can have fun investigating the darker side of the man it probably wasn’t necessary to make him someone I was embarrassed to play.