British actor Finn Jones talks about the latest season of Netflix’s “Iron Fist,” on which he reprises playing Danny Rand, who resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead.
This season, Danny tries to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
In preparing for the transition, Finn said he underwent several trainings in yoga, meditation, mixed martial arts, among others.
“When you shoot something like this, it’s essentially a marathon. So, you have to train to be physically fit and to be able to endure and keep fit throughout the season,” he said.
According to Raven Metzner, the showrunner and EP on season two of Marvel’s “Iron Fist” sit with stunt coordinators to plan the fight scenes.
He pointed out that while dramatic scenes shot in three days produce a 12-minute clip, an action sequence shot in four days only produce a 30-second clip.
“We went out of our way to make sure the action feels much more integrated and bigger than last season,” he declared.
“We have new stunt coordinator – Clayton Barber, he worked on ‘Creed,’ ‘Black Panther,’” Finn shared.
There’s also a new director of photography in the person of Niels Alpert. Raven applauded him for doing an “amazing job.”
“He’s a New York filmmaker so he really understands how he should capture the city,” he said.
Also, a new composer is on board and so the music is “very different.”
“Our composer really went very deep into creating music that each character has its own theme, and they’re all tied together,” Raven maintained. “If you love music, you’ll love ours on the show.”
What challenges have they encountered while shooting?
Raven recalled there was a time they shot some scenes during winter when there were a couple of big winter storms.
“So there was a blizzard in the middle of shooting. In the morning there’s no snow and all of the sudden at the end of the day there’s three feet of snow on the ground,” he said. “Nature was tough this year, but we won.”
Finn likes it that in doing the series, they were allowed to make suggestions.
“It was real collaboration,” he said.
The showrunner said the core message of the series is that there’s always hope.
“Also there’s a real story about finding balance,” he added. “I think it’s a question we all struggle with.”
Raven added they also want to tell the story about Danny’s relationship with Davos (played by Sacha Dhawan).
“We wanted to make it about family and not just about mythology. I mean everything that touches on mythology spring from family. Danny and Davos are brothers and we want the audience to see the brotherhood and why it is fractured. We really want to focus on that thing that took us closer to the characters.”
“I mean, we (audience) could understand these people (antagonist) as people and not just as villains,” he added.