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[San Diego Comic-Con '12 Interview] ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ Director/Star RZA and Star Dave Bautista

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Bringing back the kung-fu grindhouse gore flicks that inspired produced Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino, the other week RZA revealed the first eye-popping still and trailer from The Man With the Iron Fists. Now, Bloody is excited to bring you our sit down with RZA and Dave Bautista.

Russell Crowe, Pam Grier, Jamie Chung, Lucy Liu, and RZA all star in the flick. “In feudal China, a blacksmith (RZA) who makes weapons for a small village is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers.

Universal recently announced it will kick into theaters November 2, 2012. But you’re not excited until you watch the trailer. Do so first.

This movie is an homage to all of the great Shaw Brothers movies that have come out over the years, and we really wanted to honor them,” says the RZA. “This movie is gonna be like the Kung Fu Avengers. I play the Blacksmith, we got Dave here playing the Brass Body, Russell Crow playing Jack Knife, Lucy Lui playing Lady Silk. It’s a fantasy man, it really is a superhero flick in every way.

In the movie I play a character named the Brass Body, and even though that’s descriptive the name definitely doesn’t say it all,” says former WWE star Dave Bautista. “Deep down inside he’s basically a good guy, but let’s just say he’s made A LOT of bad choices in his life. he doesn’t really understand the difference between right and wrong.

RZA jumps in, “When I was casting for this particular character, I met Dave through some mutual friends and thought, Wow. This guy is a great candidate for the Brass Body. We also have a lot of real martial artists in this film like Cung Le who’s just amazing in the movie.

Watching the RZA direct was pretty impressive,” says Bautista of his co-star and director. “He’d give direction. Run in film the scene, run out watch the monitors, run back out give more direction, and so on. I don’t think he ever slept.

We all have that love for something inside us,” says RZA. “When you get a chance to put that energy on the page, and then onto the screen, it’s amazing. Every bit of blood and sweat is up there for people to see. It was all worth it. Comic-Con is the perfect place to come and talk about this movie. The man with the Iron Fist easily could have been a graphic novel. This is a collage of art and music coming together. This event has fans coming over from everywhere to share what they love.

If you take all of the martial arts out of this movie, it’s like a Star Wars movie, It exists in its own world,” the RZA continues. There’s really something for everyone, from old school Kung Fu movie fans to just plain movie fans. We’re extremely proud of it.