John Cena Peacemaker and James Gunn Talk Why Opening Dance is so important

“Do you really, really want to taste it?”

If guitar tracks are already exploding inside your mind, you have obviously watched peace maker opening sequence. If not, it is worth stopping to go and watch the clock in advance. The ’80s-inspired dance sequence takes over a minute per episode, complete with flashing lights and dance moves that are equal parts flashy and insulting. To Wig Wam’s “Do Ya Wanna Taste It” Cast peace maker It automatically transitions from gorilla-like arm ripples to pelvic strokes.

It’s exactly as James Gunn imagined it.

“I really wanted to do a dance where everyone was doing something incredibly silly, and they looked incredibly serious while they were doing it,” Gann told Polygon. Among other things, he envisioned it as a way to “beat the skip forward button” and allow people to see the credits of those who worked on the show.

“I thought it was something that would, you know, be a sign to people that this isn’t just your regular DC or Marvel TV show.”

Like all of Gunn’s musical references, Wig Wam is written directly into the script. Gunn says the song manages to get into a lot of his buttons: It epitomizes the show’s attitude, the lyrics have “other ramifications” in the series, and it’s also just a song he unabashedly loves.

Plus, the song seems emblematic of the title character: The 2000s cool Norwegian metal band missed the genre’s heyday, but managed to find some approximation that feels fresh. Same with the Peacemaker, who – raised by a rude and racist white father – knows only how to kill, but is eager to help.

Needle Drop feels contradictory and is fully carried in the spirit of the show, at once sarcastic and completely straight-faced. It’s an important nod to the rest of the series, especially to the Peacemaker, aka Chris Smith.

The Peacemaker and his father standing at the garage entrance in a still image of the Peacemaker Leader

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“I think some of the rock ‘n’ roll business that he was interested in has had a more positive impact on him than his father’s, for example, for example,” John says of his musical influences on the show. refers to it in suicide squad, Peacemaker dancing with Ratcatcher 2, “which is the only moment he feels happy in the whole movie.” Throughout the first season of peace makerLikewise, Chris finds little moments to dance or even perform music.

“It’s just part of the story, it’s part of the character […] I think that’s just part of the secret kind of joy he has with him, you know, that he’s just practicing himself, for the most part, his relationship with music is a very special thing.”

John Cena, who plays the peacemaker, also prefers his music to remain private. His dance number at the end of the pilot (filmed, according to Gunn, on Cena’s first day on set) included dancing the Quireboys “I Don’t Love You Anymore” in his underwear. It’s a constant piece that Cena wasn’t excited to photograph.

“I don’t dance; it’s something I’m not comfortable with,” Cena said to Polygon.[And] Even in the case of coronavirus, the restricted environment is watching what you do.”

However, he managed to embrace the moment as the “Super Bowl’s End Zone Celebration Dance” at the end of Peacemaker.

The Peacemaker dances in the first episode of the show.  He was shot through an open wall, holding the number three with his back away from the camera.

Photo: HBO Max

“I think it’s more of an expression of being happy or having a flash of accomplishment or meaning. That’s why it doesn’t need to take on any shape or form, it can be off-key,” Sena says. “It shows a very human side of the peacemaker […] And I appreciate James for trying to push me into that uncomfortable space because it doesn’t need to be any more than it is; It’s just freedom that comes true.”

Cena felt more confident when filming the opening, surrounded by the main and supporting cast peace maker In the organized dance number. In this case at least, many people felt the same astonishment that they were being asked to do.

Well, the first time I heard about the dance sequence, James was showing it to me while writing the script. And I was like, ‘Wow.’ I don’t know what you’re talking about,” says Jennifer Holland. The hour-and-a-half rehearsals took place after filming wrapped up for the day, with little insight into what the final product might actually look like.[James] He was explaining something awkward like, with no emotion. And I said, Let’s do it; It seems great.'”

Gunn brought in the choreographer to help translate his ideas for movement into a real routine—literally mimicking the awkwardness he hoped to evoke with the sequence. Since their rehearsals all took place in a production office, coming to a high school auditorium for the (full) shooting day was a shock.

Robert Patrick (who plays Chris’ father, Augie) felt he was “going to screw it up” and only remembers being so focused on who’s in front of him; Steve Agee (John Economy) was in awe of the “crazy” fluorescent purple lights. Chukwudi Iwuji, who plays Murn, probably summed it up best: It was like filming a music video for MTV, and made for an experience he’ll never forget.

“I have to say that this was really one of the most joyful days of photography, I can remember. Pure joy, just euphoric and crazy joy,” says Uji. “[Though] I feel like my wife might leave me soon if I don’t stop singing that in the shower. You might just say enough is enough.”

The first three episodes of peace maker streaming now HBO Max. New episodes drop every Thursday.

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