What it’s like to work with Dave Bautista

Blanford — who previously worked on films like Ride Along, Terminator Genisys, Tag, and X-Men: Days of Future Past – has many kind things to say about Dave Bautista, but he absolutely raves about Bautista’s co-star, Big Little Lies’ Chloe Coleman. “I mean, she is the modern-day Shirley Temple. She’s just amazing,” Blanford says.

In fact, Coleman was so professional that she went well beyond memorizing her own dialogue. “I just remember, in a rehearsal, Dave, he’s really formulating his delivery. Then Chloe’s repeating his lines. Chloe knows his lines. I mean, the whole crew is just cracking up. So much fun,” Blanford remembers, laughing.

Coleman also devised many of My Spy’s biggest laughs off the cuff. “Chloe just improvises things. I mean she’s like, ‘Well what if I do this? What if I do this?'” Blanford says. As an example, he points to a scene featured in My Spy’s trailer. “[JJ’s] one friend in his whole life is a fish. The fish goes wherever he goes,” Blanford says. “So, they’re in this CIA surveillance room. He’s teaching [Sophie] counterintelligence tactics. One of them is getting past him, creating a diversion. So, she knocks over the fish.” He chuckles whenever he watches it — even though, by his own admission, he’s already seen the movie multiple times: “I still laugh, because I laugh every time, because it was so much fun to shoot.”

Not all of Coleman’s on-screen antics are performances, though. Throughout My Spy, Coleman’s character wants nothing more than to dramatically walk away from an explosion in slow-motion, action-hero style. After the movie’s climax, she gets her chance. The ensuing explosion, which was shot on-set, was much larger than Coleman expected, and her surprised response is completely genuine.

“When that truck blows up, her reaction is priceless,” Blanford shares, with clear affection. “That was the real deal. When we saw her reaction, it was so much fun to see it. A real nine-year-old child’s reaction to a truck blowing up in the background — so much fun.”

My Spy is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.

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