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Saturday, November 23, 2013

5 Things We Learned From EW's Visit To The U.N.C.L.E. Set

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As filming on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. winds down outside of London, we got a treat in the form of a revealing set visit by Entertainment Weekly. Reporter Clark Collis returned with plenty to share from his day on the UK set. Here are the five things that stick out.

1) Henry will get his butt kicked in this film. 

To read Collis describe it, it's gonna be a blood bath:

The director decided to double down on the damp, ordering up a rain machine and having (Luca) Calvani’s character savagely attack (Henry) Cavill’s hero in the midst of what will look to audiences like a sudden Italian summer downpour. And I do mean savagely. You know you’re on a Guy Ritchie set when you hear the directorial instruction. “Let’s have him kick him in the bollocks!”

On the upside, it's certainly not the first or the last time that's gonna happen. Henry is a tough cookie. He can take it and always comes out on top... (bring it Batman).

2) At least Henry will look fabulous getting beaten.

The EW article features an illustration (by Jacob Thomas) of the beating. Uhmm, yeah.. that's Solo. Screaming. 

Now picture him wearing this outfit. Certainly fits the part (bruises included), and doesn't he look stylish? 

“Let’s have him kick him in the bollocks!”

Plus it will be raining. Hard. All of a sudden this beating is not lookin' so bad huh?

3) It looks like Henry is doing his own fighting in the scene. 

We won't be surprised if that's the case. When we spoke to Henry's Man of Steel stunt double Paul Darnell, he only had praise for Henry's commitment to his work:

"Henry is like a stuntman, he is gung-ho and he attacked every stunt head-on, had no problem with it at all."

Except don't bring up the Vespa scene in Rome.. because that didn't go so well. Blame the Vespa. More in the coming weeks ;)

Exclusive picture from Plaza Hotel set in Rome

4) Don't let the cute face fool you, turns out Luca Calvani is not such a nice guy after all. 

The mustache should have been a dead giveaway. 

From Luca Calvani's Instagram.

5) Food on the U.N.C.L.E. set sounds like a five course meal we can't afford. Except for the burritos.

"The lunch menu on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. boasted a choice of braised lamb shanks, sea bream, vegetarian burritos and a pork Stroganoff so filling I don't know how I found the room for my cheese and crackers." 

So there you have it, five things we learned from Entertainment Weekly's visit to the U.N.C.L.E. set. We should point out the one thing we didn't learn, is when the film will be released. Here's hoping it won't be too much longer before we hear news on Solo's big debut on the big screen.

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