Horse-soldiers: filming with horses scared the actors

Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña and their partners spent long hours on horseback while filming Horse Soldiers, a war film based on real history. The experience is certainly “fun”, but not easy for the actors, who were treated to several fears.

cavalry soldiers : Chris Hemsworth goes on a secret mission

Based on the eponymous bestseller by Doug Hanson, cavalry soldiers tells of a mission organized by the CIA and US special forces after September 11, 2001. After the attacks, a team is formed and sent to Afghanistan. Led by Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), the soldiers seek to support the local commander in his fight against the Taliban.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer makes another foray into a war film cavalry soldiersafter Pearl Harbor and The Fall of the Black Falcon. He invites director Nikolai Fulgsig, who is signing his first feature film here and reuniting a strong cast. The cast includes Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes, William Fichtner, Rob Riggle and Elsa Pataki.

Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) – cavalry soldiers © Metropolitan FilmExport

Filming has not always been easy for actors. They must be trained to handle weapons as well learn to ride mostly. During their mission in Afghanistan, the soldiers on whom the heroes are based had no choice but to walk the steep mountains in this way. The press kit quotes the film selected, Chris Hemsworth talks about this drug:

We all felt comfortable with weapons and on the ground, but then we had to sit on horseback … It was a completely different game! But it was perfect, because this is exactly the situation the special forces guys went through. None of us really knew what to expect.

“Several adventures” with horses

I asked IGNstar Torus claims that she has never had such intensive preparation for the film. The actor clarifies that physical training is usually used for short scenes. Conversely, for cavalry soldiersthe actor and his partners have spent long hours on horseback. “Fun” experience, but marked by several errors:

When you are in action, bombs explode, fire, smoke, and you ride, the variables increase. There are many things that can go wrong. We had a few accidents, but nothing serious. We all had a lot of bumps and scratches. But it adds such authenticity, the adrenaline that you feel and to which the horse responds. We couldn’t fake it.

If Chris Hemsworth has already had the opportunity to gallop into the production of a feature film, some of his colleagues are real newcomers. This is the case, for example, of Trevante Rhodes, who quickly realizes that he would have done well if he had not lied to the producers about his rodeo experience, as reported. USA Today. As for Michael Peña, he is undoubtedly the “worst rider” According to Chris Hemsworth:

He said, “Are you kidding? I’m from Chicago. I do not ride.

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cavalry soldiers © Metropolitan FilmExport

Michael Peña also remembers the moment when his pet started galloping without warning:

I was in survival mode, trying not to fall. My life flashed before my eyes.

Nonetheless, no serious incident occurred. Chris Hemsworth assures that served amateur actors cavalry soldiersbecause the green berets they embody were themselves inexperienced:

We didn’t have to look like the best racers, but we had to be rude, dirty and unpredictable.

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