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Watch This: Denzel's Fight Training Video for The Book of Eli

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December 30, 2009

The Book of Eli Fights

I know this came out a few days ago, but it's still awesome to see. And I'll tell you right now that The Book of Eli is hands down my favorite movie of January. I haven't seen all of the movies playing next month, but I have seen a few of them, and nothing compares to how completely awesome this movie was. The story is great, the visuals are great, the actors are all fantastic, but the fight scenes in particular were truly badass. And that's what this new behind-the-scenes video focuses on. Denzel Washington did do all of his own stunts for The Book of Eli and trained with some of the very best fight trainers in the industry. Check it out!

Watch this behind-the-scenes video for The Book of Eli:

We ran the first teaser trailer for The Book of Eli in July and followed it up with a full-length trailer in September. I'd suggest re-watching both of those to get excited for this again, as it looks pretty awesome.

The Book of Eli is directed by Detroit-born brothers Allen and Albert Hughes, who previously brought us Dead Presidents, American Pimp, and From Hell, but haven't made anything since 2001. The screenplay was written by newcomer Gary Whitta, who is also attached to write the Akira live-action remake and The Defenders coming up. Warner Brothers is bringing The Book of Eli to theaters starting on January 15th.

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  • Lazarus from Sparta...DETHKLOK RULES!!!!!
    Best training vid since the ones from the Matrix! Hughes bro. will start 2010 in action film very well...
  • Xerxex
    sweet, my only nit-pick is does anyone else get tired of seeing the Hero not getting hit in a fight? That's what I like about the Bourne series is Bourne gets a few good hits to the face and body, same for The Dark Knight. Now in this I know for a fact Eli will be hit a few times, but does anyone else get tired of watching our hero avoiding all bodily harm up until the final showdown?
  • jeffrey
    #2 I agree. Being able to pull a hit (meaning take one) and make it look real, is a way underestimated skill. Very few actors can pull them off and make it look good.
  • Lazarus from Sparta...DETHKLOK RULES!!!!!
    Yes I'm tired too of heroes with no bruises. I prefer the McLean/Riggs school of hard knocks! In Anime and in Asian films many of their heroes are battle bruised...e.g. " Ken...the man with 7 wounds " from the Anime " Fist of the Northstar "
  • Bryanmakeup
    is the Directer the kid from Silver Spoons? You know, Ricky's friend. haha! Nah I know that was Alfonzo Rebiero but it's still funny!
  • http://movies.iconocritic.com peloquin
    The best example of a hero taking a beating and still winning in the end would be Mr. Mclane in Die Hard...his t shirt was white in the beginning of that movie and red by the end.
  • Marty
    Danny Inosanto................... Legend :-)
  • http://www.myspace.com/telltaletwins Telltale Twin
    #4 Kenshiro! Totally true - he always got hurt really bad (but only by higher level bad guys)...Manga and Anime is filled with the hero getting beat to an inch of his/her life and ultimately finding one final surge of power to defeat the enemy... anyway...great reference...and I agree...Dethklok rules... Take the Zazz train to Zazzville...
  • Gene
    game of death! that's why dan inosanto looks so familiar!
  • Jeffrey
    #9 He was in Game Of Death? What character...or should I say what floor was he on?lol!!
  • Jeffrey
    #9 Game Of Death? What character or should I say what floor was he on? LOL!!!
  • Dean
    #8 I feel those are way overused, where the protagonist is clinging onto his dear life only to kick the opposing's ass at the end.
  • dee
    I am really eager to see what the Hughes brothers have in store. I really hope this will propel them to do bigger projects like this one. From Hell is a very underestimated movie.
  • Fisherr
    I think this is how the year should begin.
  • Cochall
    Dan Inosanto is one of the few official instructors of Jeet Kune Do, the martial art that Bruce Lee developed. Dan was one of his first students many years ago. His scene in "Game of Death" was on the first floor I believe it was, the Palace of the Tiger.
  • Brad
    Dan Inosanto was on the first floor in GAME OF DEATH. He was the nunchaku master.

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