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Evans: Raid cast like action dolls

The Raid 2 director Gareth Evans has joked about using his actors as "life-sized action dolls".

The Welsh filmmaker, who also wrote, edited and produced the action-packed sequel, admitted thinking up the violent sequences is a collaborative effort with his cast, which includes Indonesian silat star Iko Uwais.

"I see it like I have action life-sized figures I can get to bash together all the time. These guys are the talented ones," he said.

"I don't even know where they get the energy from. The final fight took 10 days and 197 shots - they fought constantly for 12 to 13 hours a day for five days in a row, had a day's break, and then another five days in a row.

"I can't even go to the gym for an hour in a day without feeling like I've destroyed my life the next morning. So for them to do this constantly is incredible," he added.

Gareth admitted he doesn't have violent tendencies in real life: "I'm not a violent person at heart. I haven't been in a fight since I was 21 and even then, I was rubbish in it."

The first film was a cult hit, and grossed around 15 million US dollars (£9 million) worldwide when it was released in 2012.

"There was definitely a bit of pressure on us," Gareth said about the sequel. "We had no idea the first one was going to have the reaction it did. In a way it surprised us... People know what to expect now.

"For the second one, we went with our gut instincts. We didn't want to copy the first one or make a rehash so it was important for us to do something different and expand the universe."

:: The Raid 2 is in cinemas now.

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