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Gareth Evans On The Raid 2: Berandal Trailer
The writer-director breaks down the first teaser's characters exclusively for Empire

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Hammer Time

The Raid 2: Berandal

Frightfest attendees will have already seen Julie Estelle’s deaf assassin in jaw-dropping action, taking out a group of gangsters on a train with her trademark hammers. Hammer Girl is very much part of a double act with Baseball Bat Man. “Baseball Bat Man and Hammer Girl are brother and sister,” says Evans. “The backstory is that when they were children they suffered at the hands of an abusive parent and when they killed him they were taken under Bejo’s wing. There’s a sense that neither of them have matured at all so there’s a childlike way about how they take out their targets.”

Julie Estelle, who plays Hammer Girl, didn’t have a martial arts background when she was cast in the role, which Evans admits was influenced by “things like Chungking Express and this idea of a female assassin who’s super cool”. But that didn’t put him off. “Julie came to this thing with no skillset at all and no martial arts background whatsoever and she came away getting more shots in one take than Iko has in three films. We’ve wound up Iko something chronic about it. We’ve been giving him so much shit!”

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1 great talent
this guy is currently one of my favorites directors, great talent! cant wait to see this! More

Posted by hadooooooooooooooken on Thursday November 21, 2013, 11:54

2 Ucok not Uco
I believe Bangun's character name will be Ucok, a common Indonesia name but mostly came from Batak (North Sumatera) tribe. Thank you for interviewing Gareth. I saw there have been more hints about this movie and I can't wait to see it in cinemas. More

Posted by kunderemp on Wednesday November 20, 2013, 04:12


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