Striplv Magazine - The Sexiest Magazine on the Planet, Issue 0417
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Logan was filmed primarily on location in the brutal summer heat of 2016 in New Orleans and New Mexico. Veteran production designer François Audouy, who also led the design team on The Wolverine, was tasked with creating compelling, textured environments and capturing the ultimate road movie feel. We really wanted to create the sense that we were going on a long journey in the movie, Audouy explains. From the beginning, Jim wanted to incorporate a lot of different looks into the film—from the dry desert in El Paso and Mexico through New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma into Kansas and up through the Badlands of South Dakota. The real challenge was to try and figure out how to create this variety in two states with only a handful of locations. Audouy and his team utilized four of the Big Easy Stages on the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility Lot to construct massive sets including the smelting plant hideout and an Oklahoma City casino hotel. In some cases, input from the actors helped shape a particular set—case in point, some of Stephen Merchant’s ideas about Caliban’s domestic life were incorporated into the smelting plant design. Caliban does most of the cooking and is the only domestic member of the trio living in the smelting plant, so Stephen requested that we add some pops of color to the dark, drab and deteriorating set, says Audouy. We had a connection to someone living near Juarez, so they went into the city and bought some ceramic pots and various pieces with colorful Mexican designs on them to add to the kitchen. Says cinematographer John Mathieson: The sets François built on stage actually felt real and gritty and dirty. The smelting plant is meant to be old, wasted and deserted, and since we’d be working inside it all day, we would go home at night and actually feel filthy and grubby. That’s how real the sets felt. His designs are not symmetrical or pretty. Of course, when making a road trip movie, the vehicles are crucial, as is the case with the limo that Logan drives, which was modeled after the Chrysler 300. The car is Logan’s sole source of income, his means to reach and take care of Charles as well as a key to the mutants’ escape. It became a character in itself, explains Audouy. Adds Logan car technician Nick Pugh: It was complicated to design a vehicle that was set in the future but only about ten years old. There are three limos, two finished ones and then one stunt car which has the same look, but it’s a Baja racer car with 16-inch suspension travel since it has to be able to do jumps, go through ditches and tear across the desert at about 50 miles per hour. In addition to stunt driving, the film is packed with brutal, visceral fight scenes, which presented some unique opportunities for Keen as Laura, who trained near her home in Spain before arriving to the U.S. for filming. When she got here, we had about one month with her, says stunt coordinator Garrett Warren. We had claws that she would hold in her hands so she could see what that was like. I would have her use paper, claw the paper and slice it into pieces. That way she really knew what it was like to use the claws instead of just wielding them in the air.