Actor Dhanush, who is awaiting the release of his Hollywood film The Gray Man, has opened up to the experience of shooting the action scenes in the Russo Brothers-directed film. The Gray Man premieres on Netflix on July 22. Dhanush said he sprained his neck while filming for the project, which also stars Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana De Armas. Read more: Fans hail Dhanush’s new ‘mullet’ look from The Gray Man screening in Los Angeles

In The Gray Man, Dhanush plays an assassin named Avik San. He hardly has any dialogue in the film. In a virtual press conference with foreign press in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dhanush opened up about the challenges the film presented. He said he felt like a newcomer all over again while shooting for The Gray Man.

“I had a great time understanding how Hollywood to work. I have made about 50 films – 22 years working in the Indian film industry. You often don’t get the chance to feel like a newcomer. The first time it all happens in a blur. You don’t realize what is happening. This time I got the chance to look at myself as a newcomer. It was really magnificent.” said Dhanush.

Dhanush shared his experience shooting the action scenes, saying he sprained his neck while filming. “It’s funny. A week before the shoot I sprained my neck. So I trained for a month and a half and a week before we started filming, I sprained it and was like, ‘What am I going to do?’ The physio just had a week to get me ready to match Ana’s speed [laughs]† But somehow they found a way to fit me into the stunt scene,” he said.

Not so long ago, the director duo Russian brothers talked about Dhanush in a Twitter Spaces chat. “We are big fans of him. We wrote the character with him in mind. You can expect a new movie soon with his character in the lead,” said the duo. Speaking of his role, the duo added: “He plays one of the best killers in the world and has two big fighting blocks in the film. Dhanush has a great camera presence and we loved seeing him perform.”

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