Atomic Blonde long take
Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde (Credit: Focus Features)

“We are both kind of shocked how far they allowed us to go with it,” Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir said. The editor was talking about the pace and style of one of her David Leitch movies, Atomic Blonde. The Fall Guy collaborators really wanted to lean into a European sensibility with the neon-coated spy thriller. Years after its release, people still marvel at the the Atomic Blonde long take, featuring Charlize Theron stomping baddies.

Recently, editor-in-chief Jack Giroux spoke with Ronaldsdóttir about The Fall Guy, and their discussion covered the top-tier action sequence from the 2017 film.

Ronaldsdóttir remembers not only stitching the shots together fondly, but also her experience on set. “It was so much fun because that’s one of the few moments I’ve had working on set because we knew it all had to come together,” she told Immersive. “So we would stitch it on set, so they would film it chronologically, and then we would work it and shoot it again and try it again. We have to do it differently. The scene is a testament to David as a director, and how he gets every single department involved in his filmmaking. You can imagine just how much job makeup and costumes had to do during that, because they obviously get bloodier and they’re clothes torn. And so, that had to gradually happen through the setups, but it was so much fun.”

Check back soon for Immersive Media’s full interview with Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir.

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