The “John Wick” franchise immediately separated itself from others in the action genre by placing an extreme emphasis on doing stellar stunt work. Director Chad Stahelski actually got his start in Hollywood as a stuntman, so it’s safe to say he knew a few things before going into the first “John Wick” movie. In addition to having stunt talent behind the scenes, many of the performers have years of experience doing rigorous training, and while Mark Musashi normally does stunt work for other characters, he gets a chance to show his face for “The Continental.”
He plays Hansel in the new Peacock series, and it may not be the first time you’ve seen his face in something. He’s acted before in the likes of “CSI: NY” and “The Last Witch Hunter.” However, he’s mostly done stunt work for other actors. He’s worked on “Avatar,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and most recently “Fear the Walking Dead.” Musashi is also no stranger to the world of video games, doing motion capture work for “The Last of Us” and “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.”
The stunts required in “The Continental” should come second nature to Musashi, who plays off exceptionally well off his co-star Marina Mazepa. They’re not twins in real life, but both of their first and last names begin with “M,” so that’s kind of fun.