ACTION TALKS By Eric Jacobus: ‘Day Shift’ Director J.J. Perry Talks Stunts, Action Cinema History, And The ‘Best Part’ Of His Life
If you’ve managed to pay a visit to all 45 episodes of Scott Adkins’ Art Of Action interview series and need a continuation to help get you through 2023 and onward, then you’re in luck. All are welcome to subscribe to Eric Jacobus’s YouTube channel where members of his Telegram portal are currently the first to view his present series of video essays diving into action on film, as well as other literary topics that encompass his filmmaking practices and viewpoints.
Such include the study of martial arts throughout history and culture, its segue into film, and the lens through which artists and athletes have molded the craft of film fighting which he’s since continued into his Movement Language series which is currently two episodes in. Par for the course are also interviews he’s now ramping up in the weeks and months ahead with industry stunt professionals like J.J. Perry who started young in Taekwondo and after competing and serving in the Army, launched a stunt career that’s now garnered him plenty of authority to turn his attention to directing features like Day Shift.
Action Talks is the name of Jacobus’s latest foray and this month he chats it up with Perry about how he perceives action and fight choreography, with Perry deep-diving into his shared career with the best out of Hong Kong and Hollywood, his personal experiences on set, the state of action cinema today from an industry standpoint, and the best thing that’s ever happened to him as of a decade ago, and much more.
Grab a snack, sit back and hit Play. This one’s LONG, but it’s worth the watch.
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