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BATTLE: LOS ANGELES

Taking The Audience Into Battle
Producer Neal H. Moritz, who is no stranger to physical, high-octane action films, referred to Battle: Los Angeles as "the most physical movie that I've ever been involved in. The actors did a tremendous amount of their own stunt work – they were basically at war on set.”

Ne-Yo echoes the point. "I'm primarily an R&B singer, so there's not a lot of stunt work in my normal life. But they had me in a harness and I had to take about a 30-foot fall onto the hood of a car. Which is something I've never done before and probably will never do again. But… it was pretty fun.”

"We really wanted every audience member to feel like they are one of our Marines, in our battalion and actually experiencing coming up against a force that nobody ever thought they'd have to fight,” says Liebesman. "This is unlike any combat zone that they've ever been prepared for and we really want the audience to care about our people – our Marines and our civilians – as they go on the mission with them.”

It was Liebesman's intention to keep up that intensity throughout the length of the film. Producer Ori Marmur explains, "Battle: Los Angeles has the action and the pop of a big film, but also grittiness and a realistic quality. We have an extraordinary director of photography in Lukas Ettlin and he has pulled together a group of camera teams that are unbelievable. They're on top of garbage trucks, under cars, shooting through broken windows. They're really shooting inches away from explosions and they're capturing it from every angle. We have had helicopters, shots that are underwater, above water, behind fire, above fire and inside the fire.”

Bridget Moynahan calls the cameramen "fantastic” and marvels how this crew is in "top physical condition and able to do half the things they're doing. They're capturing so many raw moments.”

All of this daring photography is in service of the emotion of the film, according to Eckhart. "if the audience doesn't believe that we're about to die in every moment of this movie,” he says, "then we haven't done our job.”

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