After we spent a week at 87eleven, Alvin Hsing and I came away with this video to show what came of our efforts – a pre-viz (choroegraphed and shot rough version) for the final knife fight in A Good Day to Die Hard (that’s Die Hard #5). The scene called for McClane to face off against the film’s villain Alik on a rooftop, with Alik wielding a knife and using some combination of Krav Maga and some basic Silat. McClane is, of course, limited to his wits and left-handed haymakers, which was a lot of fun. Lock an artist in a room and he’ll build a city.

I play John McClane fighting the Alik character, played by Alvin. It’s an American-style fight with some Hong Kong flare, but done in a way to 1. take advantage of the fact that Willis is left-handed and 2. not overload the producers with “shoe leather”, or excessive martial artsy stuff. You know, that straight, industrial-grade action that we all drink by the gallon, the side effect being that we now require it on a daily basis.

But perhaps it was still too much, as the fight never made it into the film. I can’t say whether it was filmed and subsequently edited out, but judging by the structure of the finale of A Good Day it’s apparent that they never shot it at all.

So maybe we will.

All in all it was a huge joy primarily to work with JJ Perry in crafting the scene, with Chad Stahelski nearby. They would tell us when we were taking it too far in certain directions, since these guys know producers from an action standpoint like nobody else. We had some fun ideas that were just too Hong Kong-y, like a flying headbutt that was tied off so my body would stop mid-air when the contact line was hit, as well as a LOT more shoe leather. I love that stuff. Also working with Jeremy Marinas, who aside from being of the world’s best trickers is also a hell of a photographer, was straightforward and fun since we both knew the best angles for action, which tended to be the same. The Natural Law of Action shines through.

The Gold Rush

Stryker Solo cc delo

On Tuesday I’ll be interviewed on the On Blast Show, taking questions live about anything from my role in Mortal Kombat Legacy to my short stint on the latest A Good Day to Die Hard as well as anything related to Death Grip, Contour, The Stunt People, and whatever else you all can think of. Here’s the info:

What: Interview with Actor/Martial Artist Eric Jacobus, “Stryker” of Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 2 and Director/Star of Death Grip
When: LIVE Tues Jan 22 2013, 7pm PST 10pm EST
Where: Watch me LIVE at Twitch.tv/theonblastshow and post your questions to Twitter @theonblastshow, we’ll try to get to all of them
Hope to hear from you all!
UPDATE: The interview was great, a lot of awesome questions such as “That beard is epic, is it in Mortal Kombat Legacy?” and “Of all the women in the Mortal Kombat game, which one would you do in bed?” which I answer to the best of my abilities. You guys rock. Here’s the interview, in 2 parts (I come in around 14:45 in Part I).

PART I

PART II