Chris Hemsworth Compares His Extraction 2 Stunt Work to Marvel Heroics | Popgen Tech
“It’s a different energy, and the preparation is more extensive.”
Chris Hemsworth may be best known as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he’s also part of a budding action film franchise. Extraction on Netflix as the main character, Tyler Rake. The first film that debuted in 2020 garnered attention for its high-octane action and set pieces, something that its upcoming sequel, Acquisition 2, is trying to overcome. When it came to the process of filming these action-packed moments, Hemsworth recently talked about how he found it “very satisfying” to do these sequences in Extraction compared to Marvel.
Hemsworth and the film’s director Sam Hargrave was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming follow-up to the 2020 action film, where Hemsworth talked about how much he enjoyed working with all the different departments to really bring these action sets to life. He compared the process to a Marvel movie by saying that ExtractionA more grounded world meant that the action they wanted to put into the film had to be physically done instead of relying on CGI. “There’s something very satisfying about that,” he explains. “Not to take anything away from the special-effects-filled sort of Marvel film, but you have a lot of help in post-production there. Obviously, I can’t fly, so they help me through that. Whereas in this film , the action is based on reality, and most of it is on camera. So, it’s a different energy, and the preparation is more extensive.”
We got a glimpse of some of these stunts that will be featured in the film thanks to a behind-the-scenes featurette released earlier this year in September, which included a prison break, a car crash, and an explosion. “We’ve had fights, car chases, explosions, trains, helicopters,” Hargrave said. “It’s like an action fan’s fantasy come to life. At least for us action designers.” The most notable of these action scenes we’ve seen is the landing of a helicopter on a moving train, which is almost entirely done. “I’ll never forget standing under that helicopter,” the director said. “I was our camera operator for that moment, so I was filming. I could reach out, and I could high-five our pilot. It was amazing.” Hemsworth added, “Probably the worst part is not the stress levels, but the sheer fear of all the things that could have gone wrong, but luckily didn’t.”
Extraction is based on Andy Parks‘ graphic novel City from 2014. Netflix’s film adaptation from 2020 Hemsworth was seen playing Tyler Rake, a former Australian special forces operator turned mercenary tasked with rescuing the kidnapped son of a crime lord. The new film picks up after Rake survives his apparent demise at the end of the first film with the finer details of the upcoming plot being kept under wraps, though Hargrave did provide a bit of a tease in this interview with EW. “It’s an escape mission. But it’s bigger, badder, deadlier, and more dangerous than anything we’ve seen Rake go through.” Hargrave, who made his feature film directorial debut in the first film returns behind the camera in the sequel with Joe Russo rewrite the script. Joe and his brother Anthony Russo the film will also be produced through their AGBO production company. Hemsworth will also serve as a producer along with starring in the film.
Acquisition 2 is set to release in 2023. You can check out a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming sequel below.