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Director David Ayer (Suicide Squad) worked to bring practical effects and stunts to his Netflix movie Bright. Calling the film “wildly unique,” star Will Smith and his fellow actors break down some of these action set pieces in EW’s exclusive new behind-the-scenes featurette.

“The thing about David is he demands everything’s practical,” Smith, who plays LAPD officer Daryl Ward, says.

One such moment is the big gas station shootout with Joel Edgerton (playing Ward’s orc partner, Jakoby) and Noomi Rapace (playing an elven soldier of fortune, Leilah). The set was built in downtown L.A. and utilized a combination of rain, smoke, and squibs. “The wheels are spinning, the car’s in reverse, I had to keep my feet on it,” Smith adds of the intense shoot.

Ayer admits “there’s always a risk involved,” but that Smith did “some pretty amazing things.”

“And we ended up blowing the whole thing up,” he adds.

Bright, penned by Max Landis (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), is set in an alternate reality where humans, orcs, fairies, and elves try to coexist. A routine investigation for Ward and Jakoby turns into a street-level skirmish over a magic wand — essentially “a nuclear weapon that grants wishes.”

Bright will debut in select theaters and on Netflix beginning Dec. 22. Watch the featurette above.

In New York? At the Oculus at the World Trade Center, head to the Bright activation live until 5 p.m. ET Friday — and look for the Orc Santa, who will be there at 10 a.m. ET on Friday.


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