Ten Belfast-Based Kickboxers will have their debut tonight but not
in the ring!
Belfast ProKick-kickboxers are set to hit
the Big screen this week after starring with cinema legend Liam
Neeson and star Cillian Murphy in a blockbuster film directed by
Oscar winner Neil ‘The Crying Game’ Jordan due for release
this week in the UK
The 10 fighters, all from the ProKick Gym in Belfast, shot their
scenes for ‘Breakfast on Pluto’ in November 2004 in
Belfast’s Crumlin Road prison.
The kickboxers scene is set in a bomb-making factory in the early
1970's. In it, they attempt to use their martial arts skills to
fight off actor Cillian Murphy – the star of Batman Begins
(2005) ,Intermission (2004) and 28 Days Later – who is dressed
as a transvestite.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Irish kickboxing
figurehead Billy Murray – who worked with Neil Jordan on choreography
of the scenes. “We spent a full day on the set, working out
moves for the guys. We were all a little nervous meeting a big name
Hollywood director like Neil Jordan, but he was brilliant –
really enthusiastic about what were doing and very encouraging and
calming for us on our first major film set.
“We were all kitted out as early 70s IRA men in dark mirror
shades, black hats and combat jackets. We then had to fight Cillian
Murphy who had a special invincible spray! I’m sure it’ll
all make perfect sense when we see it on screen . I even had a few
lines to say. It was a great thrill to work on the film. It’s
just a shame we didn’t get to work on the day with Liam Neeson.”
The film is set in Ireland and England during the 1950's - 1970's
and is about a boy whose father is a parish priest but who is abandoned
by both parents and raised by a foster mother. He heads to London
to find his natural mother but reconciles with his father.
Neil Jordan is Ireland’s most successful director. To many
he is best known for hugely successful ‘The Crying Game’
in 1992, for which he won a Best Screenplay Oscar. But since then,
he has worked with some of the biggest names in cinema. He directed
Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt on ‘Interview With a Vampire’
10 years ago and more recently worked with Liam Neeson and Julia
Roberts on the biopic of Irish revolutionary hero ‘Michael
‘Breakfast In Pluto’ is released in
cinemas across the country this week.
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