Stunt performing in television and film is a skill very few actors are willing (or able) to take on themselves. One such actor is Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s Frank Grillo, as he has become known for taking on the challenge himself, given his pension for action films. But there was one particularly scary stunt that he had to perform in the Captain America sequel that required a bit of a push from his badass co-star, Scarlett Johansson.
Frank Grillo has spent the past decade putting his well-maintained physique to use in countless action and sci-fi films. He became both loved and hated as Brock Rumlow (a.k.a. Crossbones) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since his debut in The Winter Soldier. In his first MCU appearance, the actor was seen performing some mind-blowing stunts, it turns out Grillo actually wasn't down for a night stunt. As he recently recalled to Collider, Scarlett Johansson, being the cool person that she is, provided him with a bit of motivation:
If it wasn’t for Scarlett Johannsson's badass, Frank Grillo might not have had the heart taken part in one of Winter Soldier’s best scenes. So it's a good thing the actress helped set the tone on set in that way. And ultimately, Grillo would leave a serious mark on The Winter Soldier, as he emerged as one of the standouts. This would lead the character to be brought back for a role in Captain America: Civil War and a cameo in Avengers: Endgame.
It's interesting that some on as experienced with stunts as Frank Grillo needed a push from Scarlett Johannsson to help overcome some trepidation, especially considering that he went through grueling training ahead of filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Nevertheless, it just goes to show that any of us can experience fear in certain situations.
As you would imagine, Frank Grillo is still busy and is putting his stunt training to use. The actor is slated to appear in The Hitman’s Wife's Bodyguard with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. He'll also headline the western No Man’s Land with George Lopez and Andie MacDowell in 2021.
If you're now looking to relive Frank Grillo and Scarlet Johansson's amazing stunts, you can stream Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Disney+.
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