THE BIG LEAP: My Interview With Martial Arts Action Cinema Superstar TONY JAA
TJ: The elephant stunt involving running on top of the elephants was quite dangerous. They were moving, there were nearly 20 elephants. We needed 8 takes to get it perfect and one bad fall could have had very bad results.
TJ: I met Dolph through my Manager and my Agent.
TJ: A Man Will Rise is within the purview of Sahamongkol with whom I used to have a working relationship. As I am know longer involved with them it would not be appropriate for me to comment.
TJ: Dolph is a great guy and a good friend. Off screen he is really fun to spend time with. On screen/set he is a real professional with a wealth of experience, he is someone anyone would enjoy working with.
TJ: Due to camera angles 3D often requires CGI or wire work otherwise the shot angle would be virtually impossible. Personally I still prefer to do things myself but that is not always an option that is open to me. In some cases certain films stylistically demand something that is physically impossible and can only be done by CG. Safety is of paramount importance which is something some of the regional studios have not always considered adequately. These days a good action director will make every effort to have the necessary safety equipment and protection gear on set to avoid mishaps.
TJ: I enjoyed working with Jeeja, Dan and RZA we had a lot of fun. RZA is quite an interesting guy.
TJ: The release of TYG 2 is within the control of the studio and the distribution system they have, it is not something that they share with me.
TJ: In a sense an action film is an action film. Fight scenes are not new to FF. A good action film, with a good Director can merge many different types of action into a story and have it come out very well crafted. The Director of FF7 is top notch, Most of the other stars have strong backgrounds in action genre films including fight scenes. I think they are more than well equipped to deal with any scenario.
TJ: Lets take life one step at a time, I am so pleased to be in FF7. Let's see how the producers and the audience like my performance.
TJ: China is a major market and should never be ignored. Being asked to star in a major production geared towards China is a great honor for a non Chinese Star. The people who produced SPL are very professional, and SPL was a seriously well done film. This represents a good mix and should be a lot of fun.
TJ: To be frank for a long time I was rather over sheltered by the studio, and my lack of English also contributed to being fairly isolated from broad social contact. I find that I really enjoy people and the chance to communicate with them. Facebook is a great forum for this. I know there have been other Tony Jaa pages on Facebook, but they never had anything to do with me. This is my chance to reach out to people, to thank them for the interest and support they have given me.
TJ: Pure enjoyment.
TJ: I enjoy a wide range of films including foreign action films. There are so many it would take pages to name them. I enjoyed the Matrix very much, I enjoyed the Dark Knight series (Batman), Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li films never get old for me. The more I watch films of different styles and genres the more I learn.
TJ: This is a really tough question. It is not just the issue of working with other action stars, there are quite a few who are amazing and I would love to work with. If they are fun to work with and interesting people then I want to work with them.
TJ: What lies next ?.........I have several more projects under serious discussion, but it is not quite the time to let them out of the bag.
Thanks for giving me a chance to answer your questions. I appreciate your interest and the time taken to put the questions together.
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