10 fist facts you must know about ‘Iron Fist’
SINGAPORE—Welcome to Marvel. These are the best three words you’re going to hear, according to Jessica Stroup, who plays Joy Meachum in Netflix’s “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” the latest and last piece that completes “The Defenders.”
In a Singapore press conference on March 31, “Marvel’s Iron Fist” executive producer Scott Buck and actors Stroup, Finn Jones and Tom Pelphrey, revealed 10 fun facts about the show and its cast:
1. The Netflix crew that worked in “Iron Fist” has been the same one since “Daredevil” was developed in 2013.
2. Showrunner Buck said the show had a more optimistic tone and they tried “to reflect that in the look of the show, we don’t shoot at night as much—a lot more daytime and brighter landscapes.”
3. Auditioning for Marvel was like a secret mission. Actors Stroup, Pelphrey and Jones all sent in audition tapes for an unknown project. No details or information were spared, just a copy of a script.
4. Wondering what to get Jones for Christmas? More “Iron Fist” comics. The 29-year-old actor said he still read them every night and kept a stack at the end of his bed.
5. It’s the first time Stroup played a billionaire character and shared that she enjoyed the outfit fittings and the detailed production New York stages they had. She said these showed her Joy’s “mind-set and the world that she embodies and what’s important for her and how she creates this life around her.”
6. Pelphrey revealed Ward Meachum’s main motivation: the best interest of Joy. The actor approached the character by understanding his “internal strength” and viewing his actions, deceit and manipulations all as a way to protect his sister.
7. Pelphrey also revealed he was a huge “The Matrix” fanboy and had a crush on Carrie-Anne Moss who plays Jeri Hogarth on the show. He said he was somehow making his 16-year-old self proud.
8. Stroup and Pelphrey said the Meachum family dynamic was best characterized by the 1990s American board game “Don’t Wake Daddy.” Stroup even gifted Pelphrey and David Wenham (Harold Meachum) a set when she found it on Amazon.
9. Stroup shared that she wanted to make her action scene look “legit” and punched a makiwara board while they still weren’t rolling. She ended up with a busted knuckle. In another Meachum brawl, Pelphrey and Wenham were throwing witty punches behind the scenes of Episode 7: Felling Tree With Roots. Pelphrey teased: “Daaah-dey, did they teach you to punch like that when you were training for ‘300’? If they did, it looks kind of weak.”
10. Jones revealed that “The Defenders” is set at a short amount of time that gave it “intensity and pace.” He said the street-level Marvel heroes “have a really great dynamic on set both as friends and also as our characters. It’s very action-packed.” —VINZ LAMORENA
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