The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was jam-packed with lots of big brawls, so much so that the action occasionally got a little too real for the actors on set. UFC legend and the MCU's Batroc the Leaper portrayer Georges St-Pierre can attest to at least one of those instances, as he recalled a hilarious moment in which he accidentally punched Marvel star Anthony Mackie while rehearsing one of the show's sequences.
Georges St-Pierre spoke exclusively to CinemaBlend about his time on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, among other key topics, and when the discussion turned to transitioning from the world of unrehearsed MMA to the world of choreographed fighting, he gave me a stellar reminder that fighting on camera can be equally dangerous. He shared a story of how he accidentally clocked the new Captain America Anthony Mackie, though the story probably won't play out the way one may expect.
Not many people can say they shrugged off an elbow shot to the head from Georges St-Pierre, and even fewer can say they have heads hard enough to hurt GSP like Anthony Mackie's did. Props to the MCU vet for being able to withstand a shot from the three-time UFC Welterweight champion, though I'm sure it'd be a different story if the two had to actually step inside the octagon.
Though his time back in the MCU was short-lived, Georges St-Pierre was grateful to have been brought back as the similarly named Georges Batroc for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier after first appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. St-Pierre shared a great analogy for the experience, and what it meant to him to be invited back into the Marvel family (if only to get murked by Sharon Carter).
Batroc's final scene in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier makes it incredibly unlikely that he'll return, but we've seen Marvel characters come back from almost certain death before. I'm crossing my fingers we'll see him again, though bouncing back from a gunshot would certainly be Batroc's greatest feat yet. Maybe if there's ever a Marvel Zombies series.
Catch Georges St-Pierre in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which is currently streaming on Disney+. For more on the fighter, be sure to read up on how he'll be in acting for the foreseeable future, especially after his latest dream fight fell through opposite Oscar De La Hoya.
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