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Peter Frankfurt recalls the producers' mandate in the search for a director: "We were looking for someone who could bring a contemporary attitude, along with unlimited imagination to the screen
Peter Frankfurt recalls the producers' mandate in the search for
a director: "We were looking for someone who could bring
a contemporary attitude, along with unlimited imagination to the
screen." Stephen Norrington, a young British filmmaker
who had directed a number of notable music videos, was not the
least bit interested in making a typical Vampire Film. "Stephen
didn't want to do anything that smells or tastes like a vampire
movie," states Frankfurt.
Wesley Snipes was the trigger in bringing Norrington onto the
project. Snipes was overwhelmed by the director's feature
film debut, Death Machine. "It's got amazing
special effects, especially considering the moderate budget they
had to work with," says Snipes. "It's now on my
list of all-time great movies."
Snipes and Norrington met for dinner in New York, and the actor
was immediately impressed with the intelligent young director.
"He has one incredibly vivid imagination," praises Snipes.
For their part, the filmmakers recognized that Norrington had
terrific intuition, as well as the requisite chutzpa to push the
creative envelope. His extensive background in visual and
special effects would be extremely valuable in making a futuristic,
sci-fi action thriller. Norrington's enthusiasm for the
project and unconventional approach to the material persuaded
the producers to bring him on board.
"Stephen Norrington has delivered a film which is a fabulous
illusion, yet seems like reality," declares Frankfurt.
"It's eerie and disturbing, because it's so real, it makes
you consider the possibility that vampires really do exist."
Snipes agrees with Frankfurt's appraisal. "Blade
presents a shadow world where the bridge between what's real and
what's unreal is very small." According to the actor,
Blade is a phenomenal movie. "It's got everything:
great acting, great action, pumping music. It's an entertainment
smorgasbord. Blade is a really hip soldier."
Blade is an action jamboree. And Wesley Snipes, whose
many credits include such internationally acclaimed action films
as Passenger 57, Rising Sun and Demolition Man, claims
that Blade has been the most physically challenging role
of his career. It was a role Snipes was anxious to undertake.
"I've been waiting for this for a long time. Blade
gave me the opportunity to pay homage to some of the classic Asian
films," explains the actor, who is a trained martial artist.
"We're doing things with swords and other weapons, and wires
... things that seem to be only done in Hong Kong."
According to producer Frankfurt, the fight sequences reflect
the character of the film's superhero. "Blade is highly
disciplined, and that influences the way he wages war. He
moves with almost surgical precision."
Snipes worked closely with Norrington and stunt coordinator Jeff
Ward in choreographing the film's many demanding fight and action
sequences. In Frankfurt's view, the close collaboration
between Snipes, Norrington and Ward produced unique results.
"They're an interesting amalgam. I don't think we've
ever seen this mix of sensibilities in the movies before."
Snipes, who performed many of his ow
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