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'Magnificent Seven' Director Says Stunt Professionals 'Were in Heaven' Making the Movie

by Raphael Chestang 5:34 PM PDT, September 06, 2016
Playing 'Magnificent Seven' Director Says Stunt Professionals 'Were in Heaven' Making the Movie

Getting thrown through a window might not be your idea of a great day at the office, but for the cast and stunt crew of The Magnificent Seven, it was a dream.

"I can't count how many guys got shot off horses, stunts through windows," said director Antoine Fuqua. "They were in heaven."

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In the Western, which is a remake of John Sturges' 1960 film, Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) comprise the group of seven gunmen on a mission to free the town of Rose Creek from the control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard).

"We have 90 horses; we have 500 crew men; we've got hundreds of stunt men every single day here," Pratt said, "real dust, real heat, real sweat, a lot of real blood."

But according to co-star Vincent D'Onofrio, the stunt professionals weren't the only ones having a blast on set.

"After each take, if all of us are in a scene together, we're just constantly looking at each other, going, 'This is so much fun!'" D'Onofrio said.

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The film marks a reunion of sorts for Washington and Hawke, who are sharing the screen again under the direction of their Training Day helmer, Fuqua, but Washington had his eye on the film's newly minted action star, Pratt.

"I always kid Chris. I call him Jurassic boy," Washington said. "He's a fine young man."

The Magnificent Seven opens Sept. 23.

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