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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