Jessica Chastain: Fighting is like dancing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 May 2016
Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain thinks fight scenes are like dancing because of the choreography involved

Jessica Chastain thinks fight scenes are like dancing.

The 39-year-old actress had no problems with the action scenes in 'Hunstman: Winter's War' because her background in learning choreography made it easy to remember her warrior moves.

She said: "I learnt a fighting technique called krav maga which I had so much fun doing.

"I used to be a dancer and fight scenes are very similar to dance.

"You have to memorise the choreography and learn to be on the same beat as everyone else or you'll get hit - or hit someone."

But Jessica admitted she was involved in a "traumatic" incident where she accidentally hit a stuntman.

She said: "I actually did hit a stunt person in the face.

"I was supposed to elbow someone behind me, and stop my elbow at a certain point, which I'd been practising for weeks.

"But when we shot it, the camera angle was different and my elbow went too far back and I heard this noise because I'd hit the guy. I was horrified.

"I hugged him and said, 'Are you OK?' The stunt team and director said, 'You should have kept going' but it was too traumatic for me. I couldn't go on."

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