With the second season of Daredevil just around the corner, we decided to reach out to the stunt double responsible for the excellent fight scenes showcased in the series – Chris Brewster. For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Brewster is a rather recognizable face. Not only has he served as the stunt double for Charlie Cox on Daredevil, but he’s worked on a fair amount of Marvel project throughout the years – Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Guardians of the Galaxy to name a few. To say he’s been a big part in bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life is putting it lightly. Which is why we were excited to talk to Brewster about not only the upcoming season, but his career (so far) as a stunt performer. You can read our interview with him below, and then check out his work when Daredevil season two premieres on Netflix on the 18th.
MCU EXCHANGE: Your work as the stunt double on Daredevil wasn’t your first time doing stunts for a Marvel hero. You’ve also previously served as the stunt double for Captain America on the highly acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Having worked as a stunt double for these two characters, which would you say was your favorite? And which was your favorite character to serve as a stunt double for overall?
CHRIS BREWSTER: I have to say, that Daredevil is the coolest character that I’ve gotten to stunt double. The story is awesome, the show is incredible, and Charlie is one of the best actors and people that I have ever met.
MCU EXCHANGE: You’ve built quite an impressive resume over the years. Out of all of the stunts that you’ve done in your career, which would you say has been your favorite?
CHRIS BREWSTER: I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to have had some incredible opportunities. The most intense stunt that I have ever done was the final fight in Fright Night. I was doubling Anton Yelchin. Myself, and Mark Wagner, who was doubling Colin Farrell did 36 full body fire burns in a matter of a few days. It was such an amazing experience. We were working with a really great stunt team, led by Bob Brown. It was a scene I will never forget.
MCU EXCHANGE: Having built quite the resume as a stunt man, would you ever want to go from doing stunts for characters such as Daredevil and Captain America to actually being able to portray those heroes as an actor? And if so, which superhero would you want the chance to be?
CHRIS BREWSTER: I absolutely love what I do. It would be fun to play a superhero, but I couldn’t compare to actors like Charlie. I’ve spent my life training the physical arts. I am blown away by the way actors have perfected their art. The two styles definitely compliment each other, and have a lot of similarities, but I’m definitely built for stunts!
MCU EXCHANGE: Is the approach to the choreography/fight style any different now that Daredevil is a realized costumed hero? And is the stuntwork a lot more difficult in the red suit compared to the black one?
CHRIS BREWSTER: It is a very different approach to choreography now. Over the first season, Matt/DD was just starting out as a vigilante. He fought with all heart and soul, but wasn’t a polished fighter. He was more raw and gritty. This season takes place after he has had time and experience. He is a very smart character, and he learns from his mistakes. His style is more defined and thought out now, but he will always fight with the Daredevil flair.
As for the stunt work in different suits, every suit comes with different challenges. But that makes it fun and exciting. I am amazed at how well the costume department were able to create a suit as detailed and cool as they did.
MCU EXCHANGE: What can you tell us about Frank Castle’s and Elektra’s fighting style in the upcoming second season of Daredevil? And how do they vary from Daredevil’s?
CHRIS BREWSTER: I can’t say anything specific to the show, but everyone knows the characters Punisher and Elektra. They are two of the biggest badasses in comic book history. Their story and backgrounds define their style. Punisher is a war veteran with crazy combat experience. His military background makes him very versed in weapons and his hand to hand style is more of a close quarter combat nature. Elektra, was trained by Stick and the Hand. Stick’s mentorship gives her a similar movement to Daredevil, since he was also trained by Stick. However, the Hand are trained assassins who are all about stealth takeouts and quick kills. Her style shows elements of all of that.
Again, I can’t go into detail about this season, but I can’t wait for the world to see Jon and Elodie as Frank Castle and Elektra. They were the perfect choices, and they are beyond words. They both add a dimension to their characters, which comes out in their fighting styles.
MCU EXCHANGE: There’s been mention of a hallway fight on drugs in the upcoming season. While I understand you can’t go into detail, as the second season isn’t out yet, can you provide a few tiny teases as to what to expect? Even if it’s just three words!
CHRIS BREWSTER: Well, there is a definite throw back to the hallway fight. We are always trying to up our game. Last season we were able to do some really epic action sequences. I think we were able to do even bigger and better things this season. I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks when the show airs!
Haven’t yet caught the first season of Daredevil on Netflix? You can get a look at Brewster’s excellent work on the series in the video below, focusing on the top ten fights within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And of course, be sure to tune into the second season of Daredevil when it hits Netflix on March 18th!