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29 September 2006 :: 12:09:48 pm 5552

Ron Smoorenburg working with Tony Ja

I met Tony Jaa (Jaa Phanom) on the set of Tom Jum Goong ( Aka Honour of the Dragon, The Protector, Warrior King ) when my friend and actor/stuntman Lex de Groot had to fight Tony Jaa. He introduced me to him and actually remembered me from ‘Who am I ?‘ with Jackie Chan. Tony was very kind and did the Thai greet "wai".
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The movie was almost done but there would be a re-shoot of the end fight with Tony Jaa against 60 man. Prachya Pinkeaw (director) promised me to get a small highlight in this fight. The next week I was on the set of Tom Jum Goong, warming up and practising some breakdance fight combo‘s. Then Tony came to me and asked me to show him some more moves. I did a 1990 to windmill to thomas flare but then he did it himself too as a warmup, very, very easy and showed me his breakdance skills (Thomas flare – to windmill to Thomas flare ) soo smooth and powerful. Then he started to work to fight the 60 man. 

            I never saw a man working so hard. Everybody was tired at some point but Tony just kept going on, while he had many rehearsals and shots. Between the shots and rehearsals he was standing on his hands to keep warm and to practise. ( I know Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen, but the endurence/power Tony Jaa has is just amazing) 

            In some shots ( people dont know ) Tony gets hit by kicks when he is watching the elephants skeleton. I kicked him at that moment. He asked me to kick him hard
so I did. Besides he kicks his stuntman very hard, he himself want to get kicked hard as well. So the fight will look real for 100% because it is real 

            After some moves to Tony Jaa it was time to finish me with a full twist in my face. Tony asked if I could stand a kick in my face. I said ‘sure‘, yep Aroi. Tony had to laugh very hard because ‘yep‘ means ‘pain‘ in Thai and ‘aroi‘ means delicious (but only for food) 

            The first take was a full blow in my face. They had to shoot another one for safety. And the second was full in my face again ! A good souvenir from working with Tony Jaa. Tony Kicks very very hard for his weight. After he hit someone he always ask if someone is ok. ( Some other actors never do, just walk away : in this case I wont give you his name ) Tony respects every stuntman and he doesnt behave arrogant. The example for many many actors ! 

            Because the fight was quite small in Tom Jum Goong, Prachya Pinkaew invited me to do a commercial with Tony Jaa, wich was a promotion for Thai fruit ‘Lamjai‘. A very nice commercial and a good promotion for Thai fruits. I played a gangleader messing up a market with all people fleeing. Then Tony‘s coming, eat Lamjai and gets the power to defeat the whole gang. 

            I spoke with Tony in his trailer and he didn‘t know he was famous in Europe because of Ong Bak. I told him many people have respect for him back in Europe. He started to smile. He told me he had contact with Jackie Chan and people offering him some roles. But he told me he loves freedom the most, to work on his own projects where he can make and control his action instead of being directed by someone who has another influence. Tony Jaa is the reason why I am in Thailand and I know 100% I will never regret that !

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Entertainment News

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