Bobby Cannavale and Pom Klementieff, who play the super-powered villains of Thunder Force, discussed the challenges of the film’s action sequences.
WARNING: The following contains minor spoilers for Thunder Force, which hits Netflix on April 9.
Bobby Cannavale and Pom Klementieff are veterans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cannavale plays Paxton, Scott Lang’s daughter’s stepfather, in Ant Man, while Klementieff plays Mantis, one of the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. In Thunder forceHowever, the pair face a new superhero cinematic challenge: playing super-powered villains. Cannavale plays an ambitious politician who calls himself “The King” but keeps his extra special abilities a secret, while Klementieff is his ray-throwing henchman, Laser. Together, the two take on the superhero duo of Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as they roll up the black hats of the comic book genre.
Cannavale and Klementieff spoke to CBR about their experiences working on Thunder forceincluding the challenges of acting in the film’s intense action sequences, how they conveyed their characters’ superpowers, and why they enjoy collaborating with Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone.
CBR: Bobby, you’ve worked with Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone a couple of times on To spy and Superintelligence. What made you want to come back for Thunder force?
Bobby Cannavale: They are those photos they have of me …
No, they are just great friends. They are great friends so when friends call you and they turn out to be very talented and they write for you and they know your strengths and they are interested in showing a side of you that maybe people haven’t seen before, like they did with Superintelligence for me, it is an easy decision to make. And Melissa is one of our great, great, great, great actresses working today, so it’s very easy to say yes to Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone.
Pom, you’ve played a superhero before as Mantis in the MCU, and now you’re playing a supervillain. Do you have any preferences?
Pom Klementieff: Oh no, I like them both. It sure is a lot of fun playing a villain. Will do it again soon, actually, but different. No, but it’s funny because when it’s a comedy, you can push it even further, you know, insanity.
They both have these wild fight scenes. Much of what you are doing is superhuman. What was it like to act in those scenes?
Cannavale: Well, you know that the live action scenes were really interesting because we shot them at the end of the movie. So, you know, it’s cool, it’s a good reveal. And I’m wearing this huge muscle suit under my suit and that suit is huge, but it’s funny because when I saw the movie, I didn’t think I looked as big as I felt. I was walking like massive, because I’m already a tall guy but I’m not like that. And there’s never CGI where I take off my suit and have Rock’s body or anything like that, it’s all pretty much hidden. So it’s not until the very end when we have that fight and I’m flying through the air for that punch that you can really see his super powers aside from the red eyes.
So the physical aspect was challenging. He had never really done anything like this. But in a movie like that, Melissa has done a lot of stunts in the past, I don’t think people realize that, but if you really stop to think about the movies she has done, she has done a lot of stunts then she has a relationship with this amazing team of stuntmen who really lives and dies for her, and they work so hard for her, training us and preparing us for that. Having said that, I’m not a very good runner, so when you see me running, it’s probably not me. I really don’t know what to do with these [flops his hands] when I run.
Klementieff: For me, it was fun creating what she launches because her name is Laser, so we’re talking about, “Okay, so she launches lasers, but how?” So we’re talking about, “Okay, so she takes the energy out of the air and then she rolls it into a ball and then she’s …” So I came up with the move, you know. It was a collaboration. Then the CGI, they do their magic. And then “Surprise!” when you see the movie.
Written and directed by Ben Falcone, Thunder Force stars Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Taylor Mosby, Melissa Leo, and Jason Bateman.. The movie hits Netflix on Friday, April 9.
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