How did you come on board on Extraction?
I was busy doing a film with Rajkumar Santoshi, where I had a long beard and hair. But I realised it was not going to happen.
Around that time, I got a call from the casting director of his film to audition.
After much humming and hawing, I went for it.
It was an audition on an iPhone camera in Aram Nagar (Versova, northwest Mumbai) and I got selected.
Then I spoke to (director) Sam Hargrave on video call. He is a wonderful guy, great director.
The conversations started about each other, our favourite films, genres, Westerns…
We went to talk about Sergio (Leone) to Akira (Kurosawa)…
That’s how the journey started.
What was the shoot like?
I went to the shoot three weeks prior to when it would actually start.
I asked them why was I coming so early, and they said, some rehearsals.
Then they showed what I was going to be doing in the film and my jaw dropped!
The training started with guns, knife fights, the basics first — how to use a gun, how to throw a punch, how to react to a punch…
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