Matt Damon reveals how to win a bar fight
If you’ve ever wondered how to go about winning a fight in a movie then you’re in luck, as Hollywood star Matt Damon reveals all in this skit for GQ Magazine.
As the star of the hugely successful ‘Bourne’ movie franchise, not to mention other action-thrillers like ‘Green Zone’, ‘Elyzium’ and ‘The Great Wall’, the 46-year-old Damon knows more than most about kicking ass on the big screen, and he pulls no punches in his expose of how it all works.
”Unlike a regular fight where no-one knows what’s going to happen, in a movie fight everybody knows what’s going to happen, and that’s the only way it’s going to work,” Damon confesses.
Continuing to break movie-nerds hearts, Damon then shatters any illusions that your regular action hero is a real-life badass in a fight by admitting they are more like Fred Astaire than Floyd Mayweather.
”It’s much more like a dance, and so as tough as Hollywood actors like to pretend they are, they are really more dancers than fighters.”
Damon then gets down to the actual mechanics of how to make a movie fight look realistic, and when it comes to making a fake punch look like it has landed, it’s all about air and angles.
”The biggest thing about a movie fight is that you just can’t see any air,” he explains, while demonstrating how a left hook thrown towards the camera doesn’t look realistic, while a straight left presents the right angle to appear to make a convincing connection.
Damon then goes on to show how even a basic wrist lock technique is also faked for the cameras so that the actor on the receiving end of it doesn’t actually get hurt.
For the record, in preparation for the ‘Bourne’ films, Damon trained in the Filipino martial art Kali as well as Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do under the guidance of long-time Hollywood stuntman, fight coordinator and martial artist, Jeff Imada.