the come­back king

Jai Courtney is Cap­tain Boomerang

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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.

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