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MONKEY BUSI­NESS!

CHAI Hansen, who plays Monkey, and Josh Thom­son, who plays Pigsy, give us all the be­hind-the-scenes se­crets from the new se­ries of The New Legends of Monkey…

- The New Legends of Monkey

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Never seen the show be­fore?

No prob­lem, The New Legends of Monkey is all about a brave girl called Trip­i­taka who frees the Monkey King (a god who’s been trapped in stone) and teams up with two other gods, Pigsy and Sandy, in a quest to find seven sa­cred scrolls and save the world from evil.

SE­RIES SE­CRETS

So what can we ex­pect from se­ries two?

“In the very first scene we hit the ground run­ning, lit­er­ally – we’re run­ning away from a bunch of demons”, ex­plains Chai. “This sea­son we’ve kicked it into sixth gear. I think it’s a lot more fast­paced, there’s a lot more com­edy in it and it’s a lot more ex­cit­ing.”

SEE­ING DOU­BLE

There’s a new char­ac­ter in this se­ries – and he looks fa­mil­iar. Shadow Monkey is a dark, evil ver­sion of our hero.

Net­flix TUMMY TROU­BLE!

Josh re­gret­ted go­ing too far in film­ing one day. “I was in a scene where I get pos­sessed by a na­ture lady and I thought it would be re­ally funny if I just started eat­ing ev­ery­thing that was in the gar­den,” he con­fesses. “Noone said ‘cut’, so I was just grab­bing hand­fuls of stuff and eat­ing it. Then we stopped film­ing and my head was sweat­ing and I was shak­ing. I re­alised I’d been eat­ing rhubarb leaves, which are mildly poi­sonous. I got bad in­testi­nal prob­lems for the rest of the day, which wasn’t very good for my co-work­ers!”

SUPER STUNTS

Ac­cord­ing to Chai, this se­ries is ac­tion­packed: “There are ten times more stunts – I lost count of how many fight scenes I did this sea­son.”

FAKE FOR­EST

The show was filmed dur­ing the win­ter, which meant shoot­ing out­side was tricky. So that for­est you see on screen is ac­tu­ally fake. “They de­cided to build a for­est in­side a set,” ex­plains Chai. “It was so big that some­times you would get lost in it. You had to look up at the ceil­ing to work out which way to go.”

 ??  ?? THE NEW SE­RIES WAS SHOT IN AUCK­LAND, NEW ZEALAND
THE NEW SE­RIES WAS SHOT IN AUCK­LAND, NEW ZEALAND
 ??  ?? FILM­ING CAN BE DANGER­OUS: CHAI GOT A BLACK EYE AF­TER BE­ING HIT WITH A WOODEN STICK
FILM­ING CAN BE DANGER­OUS: CHAI GOT A BLACK EYE AF­TER BE­ING HIT WITH A WOODEN STICK
 ??  ?? JOSH IS AN AMAZ­ING CHEF, JUST LIKE PIGSY – HE EVEN MAKES HIS OWN MARMALADE OSCARS!
JOSH IS AN AMAZ­ING CHEF, JUST LIKE PIGSY – HE EVEN MAKES HIS OWN MARMALADE OSCARS!
 ??  ?? CHAI WAS BORN IN THAILAND
CHAI WAS BORN IN THAILAND

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