By Fred Topel | Images property of Warner Bros Pictures
Columbus Short got his big break in Stomp the Yard where he showed off his moves. Now he gets to play an action hero in The Losers, but it’s all still part of the dance.
Columbus Short One of The Losers
“Absolutely, having a dance background absolutely helps you in acting period,” Short said. “Having an understanding of your body, it’s an ability that goes without saying. In stunts, it’s choreography so a lot of what Idris [Elba] and Jeffrey [Dean Morgan] did was dancing. It was choreography and they had to know how far, when to pull, when to go, when to go hard. Knowing your body is definitely an assistance to that.”
The Losers reunites Short with his Yard director Sylvain White. “When Sylvain called me and said he was doing this movie, first of all to work with Sylvain again, I wanted to jump at that period. Reading the script I was just hoping it was good, and it was amazing. Once I did sign on to do the movie, I read the graphic novel ‘Ante Up’ and then ‘Double Down’ and the third volume. They’re amazing graphic novels. I’m not a graphic novel reader at all but they read so true. They read so true to film. They have a real cinematic feel to them so it was a real pleasure to read those.”
Even though The Losers was a comic book, Short didn’t think it fit in the typecast of comic book movies. “One of the real reasons I wanted to do this movie is because as an actor you want to do something [and] I personally want to do things that are grounded in some sense of reality. This is one of the graphic novels that I think in the last five years that’s A, one of the best ones I’ve ever read, and it’s grounded in the sense of reality. These guys aren’t fantastical. They’re not tights. They’re not flying and don’t have super powers but they’re antiheroes. They’re real guys. That’s something I like to do and Sylvain is amazing at grounding material like this.”
Maybe The Losers will be famous after this movie, but they’ll be famous as the versions Short and his costars played. “So it helped in our performance having some freedom, some liberties because it’s not Captain America or Superman where we know what Superman is. We know what Batman is. We know how Bruce Wayne is. We had some liberal ability to change up our characters and give our own take on it which comes across great on screen with the chemistry with us because we’re all close to our characters in this film I think in a real way.”