peacemaker, Which launches on HBO Max on Thursday, January 13, features perhaps the most memorable opening credits sequence of any superhero show in recent years, just how ridiculous it is.
As the credits roll, the show’s cast dressed in their best dancing shoes and performed a hilarious number in Wig Wam’s “Do Ya Wanna Test It”.
Showrunner James Gunn, and cast members John Cena, Jennifer Holland, Steve Edge and Robert Patrick talk newsweek Regarding performance, the producer called it “the high point of the entire series”.
The opening credits dance on making James Gunn ‘Peacemaker’
“Some of them got it right away. You know, Jane Holland got it right away. And Steve, they got it right away, they’ve both known me for a long time,” Gunn suddenly reflected on the musical number. Did.
“John, I think, got it but he was too uncomfortable to dance, but he worked on it. Danielle [Brooks] It was like, ‘What? I don’t understand what is happening!’ and she came in and she’s like [waving her arms up and down]’James, she’s telling me to dance like this. what is that?’
“That’s just the plan, it’s supposed to be over-ridiculous, but be totally serious. And she says, ‘Okay, I guess.’ And then when they started doing that, she joined in.”
Gunn explained that it was “a long process” to film the opening credits sequence, before adding: “The cast put in a lot of work, most of them apart from Robert Patrick, [who is] Not the greatest dancers in the world, but most of them were very good dancers.
“Charissa Barton choreographed for it. She was fantastic. We shot it in one day in the high school auditorium, and that was one of the high points of the entire series for me.”
‘Peacemaker’ cast on filming dance sequence
The hardest part about the dance number was not the moves themselves, but the performances while wearing straight faces, according to the cast.
Age didn’t describe smiling as “the really hardest part”: “I mean, we had enough time to rehearse the moves. [but it] Still difficult.
“But you know, on set, if you notice, none of us are smiling. We’re all kind of dead faces. The biggest problem was people kept smiling and James had to be like, ‘ Okay, we’re gonna take it. Do it again, do it again. Danielle, don’t smile this time, you keep smiling.’ The hardest part of the number was not smiling when we were shooting for it.”
Patrick agreed, saying: “There was a lot of pressure on us when we were filming it, because neither of us wanted to be screwed. We didn’t want to be that guy! [There] A lot of care was taken in pulling off that dance number.”
Holland said of the opening credits: “For me, it’s as hard as keeping a straight face throughout the series. But no, I mean, I think we’ve all practiced it a lot.
“We worked with choreographer Charissa Barton and she just had such great energy. And she was so down to make this weird thing. And everyone was really just 100% and devoted themselves to it, and It turned out exactly as it was supposed to, just the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen.”
“I love it so much, might be one of the best things I’ve ever taken part in, which was unexpected when I, you know, signed this thing,” she said.
Cena agreed, saying: “I agree too, and it’s not a happy accident because it was written 100% into the script as Jen said—but what a wonderful moment when someone like, ‘ I was pleased with the opening credits sequence.'”
The first three episodes of Peacemaker are available now on HBO Max, and it will air weekly on Thursdays on the streaming platform.