We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking David Leitch Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
The vehicle-stunt world is so specialized. But when you spend so long in it as a stunt coordinator, you’re exposed to all the disciplines, so it’s always fun to combine the two ideas – a car chase and a fight scene – and make something more dynamic.
You can sometimes break rules in comics that you can’t necessarily break in cinema. It’s fun to find something cool in a comic and then try and find a way to break the same rule in another medium.
You have to make bold choices to be noticed.
As a stunt guy, you become a mini-director. You’re talking to actors about performance.
The DNA of ‘Deadpool’ shouldn’t change.
You know, the ‘Atomic Blonde’ universe is its own universe. There’s influences obviously of Bond and Bourne and ‘Wick,’ all the things I’ve been exposed to, but it is its own universe.
As a second unit director, you’re entrusted to shoot the action sequences. On every movie, it’s slightly different.
Stunt coordinating is a good training ground for directing because you have exposure to all the departments in film.
People have given their lives to this industry to make movies compelling.
If you have John Goodman in your movie, you want to use him as much as possible.
There’s a lot of directing within the stunt coordinator’s job.
Music emotionally and psychologically transports you immediately.
Fight choreography has far more in common with dance choreography than it does with actual martial arts. You learn martial arts techniques, but those are just the movements for the choreography. You’re working with a partner in choreography. You’re working on timing.
I think what’s really important is to challenge yourself. You can very easily fall into the rut of, ‘We know it works! We’ll use that old chestnut.’
Spies go undercover. They take on different personas.
I look at the action scenes as placeholders when I arrive on a script, knowing that I’m going to expand on them when I understand the constraints of the movie, the locations of where we’re shooting, the abilities of the actors, and where we want to go with the characters.
Friends who are directors like Jim Mangold or the Wachowskis or Zack Snyder – who, whether they know or not – have really left a mark on who I am as a director.
Every movie you attack has its challenges, and I was excited about the challenges presented by ‘Deadpool.’ I was a huge fan of the original, and I think, as a director, you have to put the script first.
Coming from an action background, I always approach the action sequences in any script as kind of placeholders.
As a director, just to be able to jump in to do something that’s different, and to explore comedy and be challenged by that, is great. Some directors never get that opportunity.
I’ve been doing second unit for years, which is sort of like directing mini movies. Now that I’m directing entire films, it’s really just more of everything. There are a lot more questions that need answers.
The thing that I like about action sequences is that if they’re done well, you get to know more about the character in those few minutes than you do through 10 minutes of exposition.