JuJu Chan interview

We got an opportunity to interview one of the stars of Jiu Jitsu. JuJu Chan, we talk Martial Arts, saving the world, Nicolas Cage, Frank Grillo and our fondness for Whisky.



AJ Friar:
So thank you so much for joining us tonight. It’s a bit cutting in and out. Um, thank you so much for joining us on infamous horrors So what drew you into jiu jitsu? Because the cast is phenomenal and it kind of pays a little tribute to predator with the name villain in the film. So what drew you in to do Jiu Jitsu?



JuJu Chan:
It’s definitely a fun script and I love that they, um, so director is amazing. I mean, they, he found basically most of the actor are real martial artists for this project. And also being able to work with Nicholas Cage, the legend in Hollywood, uh, and shooting in Cyprus as well. That’s all these points, uh, definitely checked in and made me want to join this project.



AJ Friar:
Right. And you said, uh, the actors are martial artists too. And you had this legendary Tony Jaa involved in, how was it working with him on set? Because he must have all of this. Gravitize towards this choreographed thing going on with, uh, his martial arts, you know, as you know, he’s been around for a long time and it’s just now, and it seems like American audiences are cats know him, but he’s been an Ong Bak since I think I was about in High School. He’s been around for a long time. So how is that?

JuJu Chan:
He’s great. Um, we have the same agents, so we actually knew each other before this project and wanted to work together for a while. And didn’t until this project like, Oh, cool. It’s so happy when we met on set rule, like, Oh finally we can work together. So it was great because he is all, I also admire his work a lot, um, from his Ong Bak series and, and his told me I’m going on all these great, you know, showcasing Thai boxing, lutein, all his amazing moves. I in all these action films. So being able to work with him and fight along side with him to defend the earth from the alien, it’s amazing. And, uh, he’s just such a wonderful person to work with. Um, he is actually very peaceful and Zen when, when we work together, uh, when like, you know, the crew member are setting up for the next scene and everything can be a little bit, you know, stressful. Cause we fighting with time, right. He will be really calm, set up, uh, you know, set aside and then meditate. And sometimes he will pull me over to meditate with him.

AJ Friar:
Oh, that’s awesome. Yeah, that’s great. And it also in kind of handling international cast, having American actors in it, like the legendary Nicholas stage, like you said, and I interviewed Richard Stanley year who directed color out of space with Nicholas Cage and he said he is on par to being the net Vincent Price of this generation. So how was it like working with Nicholas cage in this? Cause he, he is such a legendary actor. And seems to be all in and who, which doesn’t typically seem like his normal kind of film, but you can tell he had a lot of fun with this film.

JuJu Chan:
Oh yeah. I’m sure he had a lot of fun and he is such a humble down to earth person, super hot working, uh, very professional. I learned a lot from him. Um, I remember the first time we met, uh, on set because he, he arrived a week earlier than I did. And then he was already training his moves with the stunt team in a stock room, um, doing his jujitsu moves on the ground. And uh, I stepped into the stunt room. He saw me and then he quickly got up and ran over to me and then say hi to me and introduced himself to me. Well, he’s like, Oh, hi, I’m Nick. And then I’m like, wow, he’s so nice. As I thought I was going to go there and, and um, you know, introduce myself to him. He got up and came over to me and went, wow. Wow. He is just so humble and, and, and, and, and nice. And yeah, I enjoyed working with him a lot

AJ Friar:
And that’s so awesome to hear a story like that about Nicholas Cage, because the stars now you never know how they’re going to react and they seem into what happening to be for a long time. You know, it’s kind of teetering, you know, some actors aren’t as genuine or it’s humbling as Nicholas Cage, but he just seems to have that persona that, like you said, he came up to you and that must’ve been exciting in your experience for him to come up to you because after a while on set, it’s like, okay, am I going to come up to him and say, hi, I asked them like, fart some acting advice, but for him to come to you. Yeah. That’s a really cool story to hear.

AJ Friar :
Yeah. Yeah. And he’s so nice. And he’s so hardworking. Cause I mean, Tony, John, uh, um, Frank Grillo and we have so many more Elaine, we’ll see, and we’re all like martial artists, right? So for us, you in your action films, uh, action is already in this, uh, Nicholas Cage. He he’s a great actor, uh, but he’s not a martial artist, but like for this film, we can see how much you put in the training. And he tried to do most of his, uh, action himselves without double, um, all his sword work. He did it himself, uh, as much as he can. So, I mean, it’s just amazing how much, um, time and training hard work he’s putting into, um, uh, uh, the film. Um, and he, he he’s really professional.

AJ Friar:
Yeah. And Frank Grillo is another person I’m wanting to ask you about because he’s like a big time up and coming actor from being in the MCU, Marvel cinematic universe. So now his name is up there with supporting actors So that lesson added a ton to the film and when he got tats and how was it like working with him on set?

AJ Friar:
It’s really fun. We had a lot of fun time together. Uh, at that time of the last year we were, when we were shooting this bottle cap challenge was really hit. So we did one group of us at the same time. So it was really fun. Um, yeah, I enjoyed working with him. Definitely would love to work with him again.

AJ Friar:
Yeah. Can I find YouTube videos in the bottle cap challenge

JuJu Chan:
We posted on his Instagram, I re posted it too. Uh, but yeah, there, there is, you can find it on his Instagram, the bottle cap challenge

AJ Friar:
And while filming some of the fight sequences and jujitsu, what were some of the funnest experiences that you had while filming

JuJu Chan:
To have a say, Dimitri, uh, and some, uh, assemble a great team to work on this project Um, especially for the action department. Uh, we have amazing stunt team from, um, uh, you know, Elaine musi. He is also did a lot of choreography for us. He’s the lead. And he also do the choreography. And then we also have some of the members from Thailand, Thailand. So, uh, we all work together really well. Um, one of the scene that I really, really looking forward to, I haven’t watched a film yet. Um, there was one scene I really looked for to watching it as, um, the, the continuous shot. Uh, we were, we were fighting that scene in a week field. So each of us, you did fighters were fighting off our, uh, our opponents, uh, one after the other. So,

AJ Friar:
So that was an amazing sequence

JuJu Chan
Awesome. So, yeah, I haven’t watched it yet, but I enjoyed that shoot a lot. Um, cause I was doing a long, like what, like a minute or two fighting six people, uh, but kicks and gunshots nonstop. And then Tony Jaa came in and then he was doing his fights with a bunch of people as well. And then, and then another people coming. So like the whole shooting was really enjoyable and especially for the scene where I have to do what, and then Tony came in and do it all in one shot. We can’t mess up anything because if we mess up, I’ll move, we have to do it again. Uh, we did a few takes because, uh, also need to work with the camera. So sometimes we do it really well and then the camera can catch us. So we had to do it again. Or, you know, sometimes the weapons have a little bit problems. So it’s always like that when you’re doing long sequences, you would need a few more takes. Um, and also we have to do it all from the beginning to the end nonstop non-Cat so it really needs, uh, our energy a lot and stamina for, for doing all this stuff. Uh, so I have to say Tony and I are pretty fit that time. We did everything nonstop during like the temperature was so high was really hot and the sun was like right on top of us and we have to do it before the sun changes precision. So, so yeah, everything was really quick and accurate. That was fun. Yeah.

AJ Friar:
And when I was watching this, there is a whole lot of new kind of Addison sequences that I haven’t really seen before, like the POV science and stuff like that in an accent film. So when you reign the script, are you kind of excited when you’ve seen that listed in the screenplay? Like you’re like, Oh man, this is what this sound thrilling, fun, or how is your response to seeing something like that on the screenplay?

JuJu Chan:
Well, it definitely always love, um, seeing something new and something that we haven’t seen before, especially for action films. And, uh, I definitely think, um, our director Demetri, uh, ha ha has a tree caved, um, this, uh, from the script to the finishing product. Um, and while we’re shooting, we definitely have a lot of different angles and, and, uh, DP is amazing as well. He, he was able to capture a lot of really amazing, amazing shots and angles. And, and I have to say we have a great team. Um, this is definitely one of the project that, uh, I, uh, I can work with so many people from different countries. You know, this is really like, uh, uh, cause this project with, we were fulfilled in Cyprus and we have people from different countries in Europe working on this project and then, uh, the States and then Canada and then different parts of, uh, people have come from Asia as well. So yeah, we have a lot of country involve in this.

AJ Friar:
Yeah. Which is really nice to seeing that it’s that inclusive on the set, which is awesome. And I couldn’t help, but notice you go little mini bar there and behind you and he got any favorite mixed cocktail drink.

JuJu Chan:
Yeah. I’m sitting right in front of my bar. Um, yeah. I love my a martini and my whiskey

AJ Friar:
I’m in whiskey sour guy myself.

JuJu Chan:
Cool. Nice, nice.

AJ Friar:
Well, JuJu thank you so much for joining us tonight. It was really fun

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