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Warning: SPOILERS for Sonic the Hedgehog are ahead!
During Sonic the Hedgehog, while the eponymous protagonist and his human pal, Sheriff Tom Wachowski, are on the run from Dr. Robotnik, the duo end up at a roadside bar to relax a little bit and cross some things off Sonic’s bucket list. Eventually though, a bar fight breaks out, one which Sonic puts an end to using his super speed.
The Sonic the Hedgehog bar fight was reminiscent of Quicksilver’s memorable scenes in X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, with both speedy protagonists getting into shenanigans while everything around them moved in slow motion. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with James Marsden, who played Tom Wachowski, about his time on Sonic, and when I asked what the process of shooting this particular scene was like on his end, he responded:
It’s one thing for an actor to properly prepare for acting in regular scenes, but for a highly technical scene like Sonic the Hedgehog’s bar fight, I can’t blame James Marsden for feeling baffled. In cases like these, it’s best for the actor to just let the director and the other experienced behind-the-camera people guide them on how they need to be positioned, how long they need to hold still for, etc. It’s the postproduction people who will later work their VFX magic to bring this scene to life.
You can see how Sonic the Hedgehog’s completed bar fight turned out with the below clip:
Despite not fully understanding the process of putting together this scene, James Marsden is still fascinated by the technical work that goes into making blockbusters like Sonic the Hedgehog, saying:
Although its time in theaters was cut short by current events (resulting it also not opening in China and Japan), Sonic the Hedgehog nonetheless had a strong commercial run. It’s made over $306 million worldwide and is now the highest-grossing video game adaptation in the United States.
Officially speaking, Paramount Pictures hasn’t announced yet if Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is on the way. That said, Sonic did include an after-credits scene that set the stage for a follow-up, and James Marsden said last month that he’s signed on for multiple sequels. So stay tuned to CinemaBlend for what’s coming up next for the Sega character in the cinematic realm.
Sonic the Hedgehog is now available for digital purchase, and the Blu-ray and DVD copies will arrive on May 19. Keep track of the movies still set to hit the big screen later with year with our 2020 release schedule.
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