Recently, I was invited to the Deadpool Media Day in the lead-up to the Blu-ray/DVD release, and I got to snag a few minutes of star Ed Skrein's time to chat about making the film. Skrein plays the villainous Ajax in the movie, and if you haven't seen it yet (seriously, what are you even waiting for?), then let me tell you: The final fight scene between Deadpool and Ajax is fast, fierce and brutal, with lots of — quite literally — moving pieces.
During our interview, I asked Skrein what was the most difficult scene to film, and he confirmed it was by far that final scene, but for much more personal reasons than you might expect. Turns out, it's not so easy to film a fight scene on a tilting platform 45 feet in the air when you're scared of heights:
"The final fight, a lot of work went into it. I mean, we won the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, which was amazing. We worked our socks off for that one. ... Genuinely, the man hours that went into it was ungodly.
"When the helicraft starts falling, we were shooting that on a gimbal. ... It's a platform that was 45 feet up in the air and it can go flat to any angle it wants in about a millisecond. So we'd be dropping, we'd be falling, we'd be wired up and knife fighting on that! It was crazy, and — I'm scared of heights. They were like, 'OK, are you scared of heights?' And I was like, 'Nah, man. Get me up there!' And then I was like [pantomimes hyperventilating]. Just telling myself, 'Get it together! You're Ajax! You're strong.'
"But after a couple of hours, I'd really be playing around and they'd be like, 'Ed, you're too close to the edge, can you stop doing that?' And I'd be like, 'Shut up, I'm having fun!'"
You can check out the video below for more of my interview with Ed Skrein — who, despite playing a huge dick in the film, is one of the warmest people I've ever had the good fortune to interview.
Deadpool and his massive chimichangas come to Blu-ray/DVD on May 10.