Ratner and Tucker are both well-known perfectionists — so do they butt heads on the set?
“Yeah, we fight a lot — not fight as in argue, but in the sense of always trying to make the movie the best one we can, and it always works out,” Tucker says. “So we fight for the movie: ‘Let’s do another take, let’s try this,’ that sort of fighting.
“Before every scene, and some scenes I may not like, I tell Brett I want to meet with him in my trailer. So then he has to come over, and we start talking and trying to work it all out and maybe go a different way. And I love that, because we’re always laughing as we each fight for the way we want to do it, and eventually we agree.”
For Chan, another perfectionist, there’s an additional hurdle — the English language.
“Brett puts me at ease as a foreigner,” he says. “Since English is my fifth language, Brett knows just the right amount of dialogue and action to put in the film to make me feel confident and secure. Instead of 10 days on dialogue and two days to shoot the action, he’ll give me the opposite: 10 days on action and two on dialogue.
“He knows my strengths and how best to show them off. I appreciate the freedom he gives me as both an actor and martial artist. He can also tell just how much action to include in the movie for American tastes.
“He also breaks the American rule: He lets me help edit. I appreciate this freedom as well, and his wisdom to put my action and stunt coordinating experience to good use.”