Stephen Oyoung did struggle choreography for Denzel Washington in “The Equalizer.” Oyoung calls Washington “a category act.” Along with organising the struggle scenes, Oyoung had a small function within the movie as a goon, one who will get killed by Washington’s character.
Washington has expertise as a boxer — he realized it for the function of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in 1999, but in addition boxed in his youth and counts himself as a boxing fan. This led to what Oyoung calls a humbling expertise: “Stephen Oyoung, grasp martial artist, I get in there and I say, ‘All proper D, I’ll present you the way it’s accomplished. I’ll present you some strikes.’ And he simply goes, ‘Yeah. Okay. So it is like that.’ He seems to be at it as soon as. He is received some sort of thoughts, man. He seems to be at it as soon as and also you suppose he does not have it. Then he does the rehearsal. Good.”
Oyoung additionally took a giant lesson from working with Washington: “The digicam loves you, child!” It isn’t about overexertion. “So long as you are simply relaxed, you do not have to push. You do not have to make folks see your emotion. The digicam can see your emotion.” Washington particularly excels at this: “You are like, ‘He is so quiet. I do not even see that he is doing something.’ And you then watch the movie. I am watching, I am like, ‘This man’s intense. He is probably the most intense actor I’ve ever seen in my life.'”
Viewers can catch Stephen Oyoung as Tectonic in “Jupiter’s Legacy” on Netflix.