This is really a love story beneath all the violence. How do you see Bradley’s feelings towards Lauren?
It felt like a good relationship. Not one that you see a lot in film. So I was really surprised by it and it moved me. That was terrific – it felt like a very high level of caring about someone and a high level of emotional IQ. I thought that was beautiful. It made me believe these characters.
Were the fight scenes ever dangerous?
Well, somewhat dangerous in that you’re doing live, multiple takes, sometimes with multiple people, and everyone is jacked up and we’re getting it in one shot and these are real punches and real things being thrown.
How did that play out on set, using one take?
You’re going to shoot these things, you know there are not going to be cuts. So ultimately, you’d have to amp up and almost be in a little dangerous zone, the way we went about it, to sell the veracity of it. You couldn’t just be technical. At a certain point, you’d have to get to a place that was a little bit on the edge, and that’s when mistakes would happen. JM