Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers from the third episode of the first season of Luke Cage. Don’t care about spoilers? Keep on scrolling.
Both seasons of Daredevil had one: an incredible fight scene that blew viewers away. With Luke Cage now streaming on Netflix, we were treated to a new fight scene courtesy of Power Man himself.
The fight scene we’re talking about takes place in the third episode as Luke finds out where the bad guys (Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes and “Black” Mariah Dillard) are storing the majority of their money. Turns out their fortune upwards of seven million dollars is being held a building Dillard is in the process of renovating to use as some type of community center for the residents of Harlem to use. After Luke finds out the money is at “Crispus Attucks”, he busts into the facility just after ripping a car door off its hinges to use as a shield. To only add to the sheer “kick-assery” that Luke Cage lays down in the scene, all of the action is set “Bring Da Ruckus” by Wu-Tang Clan.
Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and Mike Colter, the actor who plays the titular character, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the, dare I say it, iconic scene.
“Just the image of the couch coming out of the window was so perfect,” executive producer Cheo Coker tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Guillermo Navarro, who directed that episode, not only is an incredibly brilliant director but is also a cinematographer, and shot Desperado and Jackie Brown, he’s so beautifully visionary. He’s the man. We laughed when we even thought about the couch coming out. Immediately it draws you in as a teaser, like, ‘What the heck is even happening in there?’ Then you hear the gunshots, and here comes Luke.”
Some fans may notice that the scene is awfully similar to those found in Daredevil, but Coker says that’s what he wanted.
“But we wanted to do something that, while in the same realm, was its own thing,” Coker says. “To me, as a fan, watching Mike walk through that, he has such swagger. I’m like, ‘Good God!’ You envision something, but when you see it executed and when you see Mike as Luke pull it off, the imagery alone with the music and everything else, it’s so empowering. It’s so superhero badass. It’s fun. That’s what this whole show is about, ultimately, being able to do the superhero thing with flavor.”
Colter says that he thinks that fight scene might be the most difficult thing he filmed for the show, so difficult at times, that he had doubts they would finish filming on time.
“Tempers were running high, there was so much going on, and we had to get this shot done and we need to get that couch out the window, there were so many pieces to come together. The fact that we were able to pull it off is, I’m still impressed. We were tired and didn’t have enough time,” Colter says. “I can’t tell you how many things that could have gone wrong and actually did go wrong, and we still had to keep going. I was frustrated. I couldn’t believe it, but that’s the world of television. You plan something, and what can go wrong will go wrong. At the end of the day, Guillermo was our hero. I remember giving him a hug halfway through because he was getting frustrated and I was getting frustrated and everyone was getting frustrated.”
The entire first season of Luke Cage is streaming now on Netflix.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.