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BLUES BROTHERS 2000

About The Choreography

Choreographer Barry Lather was responsible for putting the actors through their paces and although Goodman describes himself as a "choreographer's nightmare," Lather says that teaching The Blues Brothers their moves was really not all that difficult. "The Blues Brothers definitely have their own rhythm," states Lather, "they have their own vibe and their own kind of flavor and that's what's unique about them. As the choreographer, my job is not just teaching these guys steps, but also making sure that they feel comfortable and confident when they do their number. So I incorporated moves that they already knew and then taught them a few steps that I thought were cool and that they'd feel comfortable and look great doing."

The tradition of spectacular stunts and elaborately staged multi­car chases and crashes is also continued in Blues Brothers 2000. From their breathtaking entrance in a flaming car dropped from a height of 80 feet at their "comeback" gig, to causing the largest car pile­up ever filmed, The Blues Brothers, once again, unwittingly leave a trail of chaos and debris in their wake. "There is some really necessary evasive driving on the part of Elwood to get away from the various forces that are chasing him," says Aykroyd with a smile.

The vehicle Elwood uses to elude the assorted factions of cops, gangsters and bad guys pursing him is a 1990 Crown Victoria known as "The Bluesmobile." The former police car, fitted with a 400 hp NASCAR stock engine and a "nitro" button capable of boosting its speed to 700 hp to accommodate stunts and assorted automotive mayhem, is acknowledged by all to be a magical vehicle. Among other things, The Bluesmobile can fly, park anywhere it wants and drive underwater.

Stunt coordinator Rick Avery, who previously worked with Landis on Beverly Hills Cop III and Innocent Blood, relished the opportunity to join forces with Landis on Blues Brothers 2000. "I've known John for eight years and he's done it all, every stunt there is to do. And since he understands our profession so well and respects what we do, he's a stuntman's dream to work for."

Although Avery enjoyed staging the sensational car crashes, coordinating the high falls and precision driving as well as engineering the escapes from various explosive situations, the real draw for the seasoned stuntman was the opportunity to stage the biggest car crash in a single scene in film history.

The rapid­fire crash-which appears on screen for less than two minutes-took Avery four months to plan and the filmmakers three days to shoot using a multi­camera setup. Utilizing the skills of some of the top drivers in the stunt industry-Jack Gill, Bob Minor, Eddie Braun, Buck McDancer and Joni Avery, to name just a few-Avery and his team rolled, jumped and crashed 60 cars in different directions, at varying heights and speeds, into a tar spreader, a dump truck, a trailer and each other. "It's as if we took all the cars that were crashed in the first movie and crashed them together in this one at one time," says Avery. "I think that this is a stunt that people will talk about for years to come."

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