“The Jimmy”, or how to get rid of the gun in a fight scene

If you make martial art movies, you’ve run into this problem: how do I get to the fight scene when the guy’s got a gun? So you gotta develop some kind of ridiculous reason the gun disappears, breaks, unloads, or any number of excuses to take the scene in a fighting direction. I call it “The Jimmy” because oftentimes the reason doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and you have to jimmy the situation for your scene to work.

I say don’t worry about the Jimmy. If people are watching your film for the fighting, they’re expecting the gun to go away eventually. Kick it and add a sound effect of it sliding off. Or have Carter Wong break it.

And if you have to keep guns in your film, you can always go the route of the ultimate Jimmy film, Equilibrium.


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