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With ‘Snake Eyes,’ Henry Golding Wanted to Be an Action Hero Not an Alpha Male (Exclusive)


When making the leap from romantic comedy love curiosity to the star of his personal would-be franchise, Henry Golding had one request: Cut out the poisonous masculinity. “Especially with a film like this and a character like Snake Eyes, there is a real kind of misnomer of trying to make him too masculine,” he informed ET’s Matt Cohen. In Snake Eyes: A G.I. Joe Origin, he performs the titular ninja warrior in his early days, earlier than he grew to become the Joe’s masked commander kids of the ’80s know and love.

Being conscious of how a lot bravado Golding placed on the character did not come on the expense of his personal motion hero standing, nor did it reduce down on the various, many, many hours of coaching required to organize for the entire film’s sword preventing, boxing and different huge set items.

“I’ve been waiting for something to really throw myself at physically, and [this was] quite the movie to jump in at the deep end with,” Golding chuckles. “It was a tremendous amount of cardio and that really low horse stance. That first week of training, I remember I was just like, Wow, I can barely sit down or get up from a chair. Like, it really tore up my body for a while.”

Instead, it was being conscious that Snake Eyes could not punch his means by way of all of his issues, even because the serpentine-monikered loner seeks revenge on the person liable for his father’s homicide. “Being an alpha male sometimes can be somewhat of a burden or works against you,” explains Golding. “You need to be able to release your ego, learn or to be better, to understand your shortcomings. That’s the only way you’re going to be able to improve yourself.”

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Director Robert Schwentke and Henry Golding on set of ‘Snake Eyes.’ (Paramount Pictures)

This all could look like too deep of study for a popcorn flick impressed by literal motion figures, however it’s the kind of factor that Golding was already considering as an rising film star and now doubly in order a brand new dad. “It’s interesting, because you take into account what kind of movies she’s going to be watching in the future,” he says. (Golding and spouse Liv welcomed a daughter, Lyla, in April.)

“I have this amazing animated film with Paramount that we’re doing right now, The Tiger’s Apprentice” — based mostly on the fantasy novel by Laurence Yep — “and that was something that I was like, ‘Oh, it will be amazing to show her and she’d love to be taken away to that animated world,'” he grins.

Snakes Eyes will not be till she’s a lot older. “Hopefully when my baby grows up, she won’t be sick of me going, ‘Hey, you should watch this movie!'” he laughs. “‘Because this was the time when I was amazing and I could do all of this stuff and now I’m old and decrepit or whatever!”

Golding additionally lately wrapped filming on the most recent adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which stars Dakota Johnson as heroine Anne Elliot and Golding as her cousin, Mr. Elliot. “It’s very true to the original text but with slight sort of modern twists in humor. We’re making this with a sort of a cheeky wink,” he says. ” D.J. steals the show. Her version of Anne is absolutely subline. I just sort of jumped in and fluttered around and got dressed up and smiled.”

“I just got back two days ago from London filming Persuasion, and I was there for, in total, two and a half months,” Golding provides. “[Lyla] came out for, like, the first four weeks, but then the rest of the period, I was away, even for my first Father’s Day. I had to do it over the phone, so by the end of it, I was just yearning to be home.”

The one challenge the actor has nil to say about is the lengthy, long-awaited sequel to 2018’s Crazy Rich Asians. When the primary movie grew to become each a essential and business hit, Warner Bros. was fast to start growth on Kevin Kwan’s second e-book within the trilogy, China Rich Girlfriend. Now three years later, the sequel appears no nearer to arriving on our screens, and we now have no sense of after we’ll subsequent see Nick Young, Rachel Chu, Astrid, Peik Lin and the remainder.

“I think I’m going to find out about Snake Eyes 2 faster than I will about a Crazy Rich Asians 2,” Golding says. “We’ll slot it in between the ninja fighting and stuff. We’ll go back to Singapore and film it real quick.”

Snake Eyes is in theaters, Dolby Cinema and IMAX on Friday, July 23.


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