Vietnamese actor collaborates with Hollywood stuntman for new movie

By Mai Nhat   August 8, 2023 | 03:30 am PT
Vietnamese actor collaborates with Hollywood stuntman for new movie
Kefi Abrikh Samuel (L) instructs Kieu Minh Tuan in a scene on the set of "Ke An Danh". Photo by VnExpress/Canh Thien
Renowned stuntman Kefi Abrikh Samuel will assist actor Kieu Minh Tuan in action scenes for the new movie “Ke An Danh” (Anonymous).

Samuel, who has worked on many Hollywood blockbusters, came to Vietnam to at the invitation of director Dan Tran to take care the action sequences for "Ke An Danh". Kieu Minh Tuan, who plays the main character, as well as most of the other actors on set have no experience in martial arts, and Samuel is tasked with outlining the steps for each scene and guiding them to practice.

The 41-year-old stuntman and his team strive to bring signature Vietnamese action scenes in a series of chases on the streets of Saigon.

"It took me a lot of time, especially with Tuan’s role. The hardest part was the authenticity, to convince audiences to believe in the martial arts scenes in the film," Samuel said.

Samuel was a stuntman for blockbusters such as "Fast & Furious 6", "Jason Bourne", "Spectre" and "Mission: Impossible – Fallout". He also worked as a martial arts director for "The Princess", "Kung Fu Zohra", and "City Hunter".

Tuan said that it took him six months to prepare for the role at the request of the director. The actor grew his hair for nearly three months, sunbathed to get his skin darker, and went on a diet for a thinner body.

"Ke An Danh" revolves around the main character Lam, who fights against a gang to protect his family.

The film is expected to hit theaters on September 2.

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