Buster Keaton And Jackie Chan Inspired The Action In ‘Gunpowder Milkshake,’ Says Director


‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ director Navot Papushado explained that filmmaker Buster Keaton and Martial Arts film star Jackie Chan inspired much of the action in the Netflix action-thriller.

“For me, the two best action heroes are Buster Keaton and Jackie Chan,” he told Slash Film. “Their action sequences are funny, but more than anything else, they provoke emotion through storytelling. For them, it’s all about either the plot moving forward or the character’s arc. It’s never about nihilistic, shoot-em-up kind of a thing.”


He continued, “I’m also a big fan of Asian cinema and Korean cinema and Japanese and Chinese and everything. In those movies, guns play a part, but it’s actually the challenges that you throw on your characters. It’s also a challenge on yourself as a writer, how can I push my heroine into the most difficult, absurd surrealist situation and see how she can come up or recover from that?”

“Now, having said that, those action scenes were written the way that they are,” Papushado said. “But once the entire [stunt] team came on board, they kept pushing the envelope. They would come to me, and they would say, “Listen, Karen is good. Lena is good. We can push it a little bit more. How about this and about that?” And then Michelle joined in, then Angela joined in, and then Carl joined in. Okay, we needed to rethink it a little bit. We need to create more challenges for ourselves. I’m not going to put just two guns at Michelle’s hand. I mean, she jumped on a moving train with the bike. I can come up with something a little bit more creative. So, a chain would be more fitting, that will challenge us and her a little bit.”

‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ premiered on Netflix and stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, and Paul Giamatti. Papushado co-wrote the movie with Ehud Lavski.

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