Tom Struthers has choreographed action for Christian Bale in The Dark NightÂ and for Tom Hardy in DunkirkÂ among over three dozen films in a career nearing 30 years. Hollywoodâs famous action director Tom Struthers, who is now working on some high-octane stunts for Bollywood film Race 3Â in Abu Dhabi, finds Indian superstar Salman Khan no less a professional.
Race 3Â marks the second time that Struthers is working with Salman, with whom he last collaborated for Tiger Zinda HaiÂ â also widely shot in Abu Dhabi. He loved the experience both times.
âI think you can expect the same kind of enthusiasm and high-octane action in âRace 3â as âTigerâŠâ, but thereâs nothing I can tell you about (the plot),â Struthers told IANS over phone from Abu Dhabi, which is fast becoming a much-loved shooting destination for filmmakers.
He considers Salman as an actor who is sought after and âwell-likedâ.
âI am very fortunate that in my career I have worked with good, professional people. Salman is among the highest-paid actors in the worldâŠ Iâve worked with people like Christian Bale and Tom Hardy. I consider them to be friends and I consider them to be very, very professional.
âNever once have they been unprofessional with me. Salman is in the same category. He was kind, caring about his people, and concerned about his artistes. He cares about where he is going as an actor and about what he is doing about the character he is playing,â added Struthers, whose first tryst with Bollywood was with Nikkhil Advaniâs 2013 film âD-Dayâ.
For Race 3, being directed by Remo DâSouza and starring Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Bobby Deol, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem, apart from Salman, Struthers is choreographing the opening and closing sequences. He hopes these stunts, details of which he was guarded about, are something that the audience would love.
Struthers, along with Indian action director Anl Arasu, enlisted the help of the Armed Forces of the UAE, employing a Blackhawk helicopter, Oshkosh trucks, NIMR military vehicles, and Humvees for the shoot. twofour54 is providing the team production services as well as the support of its government and travel services department to ease the process.
The Australian stunts star, who has also worked on films like Titanic, Braveheart, Blood Diamond, InceptionÂ andÂ Terminator Salvation, finds Bollywood becoming more professional with time.
âI think Bollywood is in a great place right now. They are experimenting with culturally different professionals in the camera, stunts, action-directing departments,â he said, and reminisced how, when he came on board for âD-Dayâ, he knew nothing about Indian films or Indian culture.
âWhen Nikkhil Advani called me and said he wanted to meet me, I said, âWhy not? It will be a new experience, I will learn and you grow with experiences, so yes, absolutelyâ. So, I met Nikkhil and he convinced me to come to IndiaâŠ And rest is history, as they say.
âI enjoyed every moment in India. People have been super nice to me. I have never found anyone unpleasant. And as far as I am concerned, what more can you ask for,â he said.
Struthers had missed a chance to visit Jodhpur when the team of his mentor Christopher Nolan was in the Rajasthan city to shoot scenes for âThe Dark Knight Risesâ.
As for his filmography, he says itâs not purely action-heavy films that attract him.
âI love doing the action, but itâs also important for me to tell a story. I often choose films not because they have big budgets, but because I like the script, the story, the actors that are to be castâŠ All that is a part of what I doâŠ I feel fortunate that I am at a stage in my career when I can do thatâŠ To pick and choose the films. Itâs not just a financial game.â