Finn is confirmed to appear on the second season of Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage‘, reprising his role as Danny Rand, and while the official promotional still is already out, now we have amazing HQ behind the scenes images! Be sure to check them out in our photo gallery:
Danny Rand (Finn Jones) a.k.a. the Immortal Iron Fist a.k.a. Protector of K’un-Lun a.k.a. Sworn Enemy of the Hand a.k.a. the Defender the other Defenders kept picking on will appear in the second season of Marvel’s Luke Cage with Luke Cage (Mike Colter) himself.
Marvel is keeping details of Danny’s involvement under wraps, but when Luke’s standalone series returns on Netflix, the two comic-book partners will be seen together at least once. EW has the evidence with this exclusive first look at the pair in season 2:
The characters last worked alongside each other in Marvel’s The Defenders, which saw New York’s street-level heroes Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage, and Iron Fist begrudgingly unite to take down the Hand. (Spoilers ahead!) At the end of the team-up miniseries, they parted ways: Luke returned to Harlem, and Danny, finally sporting a green-and-yellow tracksuit, vowed to help protect the city at night. It’s a move that honors Daredevil, who appeared to die during the battle at Midland Circle. (Viewers, though, know that’s not the case.)
No word yet on what brings two of the four Defenders back in each other’s orbit — maybe Misty (Simone Missick) wants to thank Danny for her new arm? — but here’s hoping it’s to fight enemies, not each other. That’d be moving forward.
SBJCT JOURNAL – For our latest 7 Questions, we paired indie eco label, Industry of All Nations, with actor Finn Jones. We think they make a pretty organic dynamic duo. IOAN is an industry of the people, dedicated to creating products made from a simple, desirable aesthetic, while developing clean and sustainable industries around the world. Actor Finn Jones, star of Netflix’s The Iron Fist and The Defenders, and fan of sustainable fashion, showcases some of their greatest sartorial hits forSBJCT. And manages to answer 7 questions for us, gentleman that he is…
SBJCT JOURNAL Who would you most rather be (other than yourself)?
FINN JONES A tropical fish swimming the warm ocean or better yet, a dolphin. Who wouldn’t want to be a dolphin?
SJ: What would your autobiography be called?
FJ To be continued…
SJ: When and why did you start thinking about eco sustainability in the clothes you wear?
FJ: I’ve been conscious of it for a while, but after watching The True Cost I started to put it into action. For anyone who hasn’t seen the film, I highly recommend it – it’s a game changer and explains the whole problem with the fashion industry.
SJ: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
FJ Being able to see clearly and still find the best in people and circumstances.
SJ: Hidden Talent?
FJ: I’m pretty good at bowling.
SJ: Guilty pleasure?
FJ: I never feel guilt for pleasure.
SJ: What do you think is underrated?
FJ: The television show High Maintenance. It isn’t necessarily overrated, but it’s weirdly off the radar – great series.
INVERSE –The sleeper fan favorite character of The Defenders might surprise you: It’s ya boi Danny Rand (Finn Jones).
After an origin story in Iron Fist Season 1 that was met with fan backlash and critically mixed reviews, some felt that he’d be a plot device that brings the fight against The Hand to the other Defenders but not much else. But surprisingly, Danny ends up being the glue that holds the team together, plying them with Chinese food, when Sigourney Weaver’s Alexandra threatens the entirety of New York City. With the help of Matt Murdock’s Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), and Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Danny managed to evolve and becomes the man — not the weapon — he was always meant to be.
Danny Rand and Iron Fist actor Finn Jones spoke with Inverse about The Defenders, Iron Fist Season 2, and what Danny’s privilege really means moving forward.
How do you think Danny’s interactions with the other Defenders will change him for Iron Fist Season 2?
I think throughout Iron Fist [Season 1], Danny doesn’t even know what a superhero is. So, in Defenders, this is the first time he is meeting other people with abilities, and they all have their problems. They’re able to go about their lives and use their abilities responsibly and with purpose, and I think this is the first time that Danny is really seeing that. It definitely helps sharpen his focus and sharpen his senses and inspires him.
It’s almost like Danny’s meeting some long-lost brothers and sisters for the first time. They’re just equipped to tease him and punch him into walls.
At the end of the day, they’re there to help mentor him and help him grow into a responsible adult that he knows he can be. Essentially, Danny has got a good heart — his motives are all in the right places, but he’s young. He’s a had a tough upbringing. He’s got a big weight on his shoulders, and he’s never really had influential figures in his life to lead him down the right path, and so he’s always been a bit of a mess, very hot-headed. So, what we’re seeing in The Defenders is these three people who he’s come into contact with are really helping put him on the straight and narrow.
It’s an intense interaction right off the bat; Luke certainly wants to put him on the straight and narrow. The scene in Episode 3 where he calls Danny out for his privilege was probably the first time Danny had ever considered that — how did you prepare for the scene in Episode 3 where Luke calls Danny out on his privilege?
I loved it — this is a very iconic relationship between two superheroes, and they’re known for being BFFs. What I love that Marvel is done is that it’s not just gone straight for the, oh, let’s hang out and be best friends to begin with. They come in with conflicts of interest, and they made it relevant again. It’s interesting to watch. I definitely think it’s the first time that Danny has actually thought about his condition.
His condition being that he’s inherited all this money and a multi-billion-dollar company?
I think Danny is very misunderstood in the fact that a lot of people see that he comes from money and automatically think that he’s privileged. Well, actually, Danny lost his parents when he was 10 years old. He grew up in a world where he was alienated to his former life. He had a very rough upbringing for 15 years.
So, he hasn’t grown up with privilege. He’s come back to New York and suddenly he’s got this responsibility of being the Iron Fist and owning this company and having all of this money. It’s a lot for him to take; he’s like a kid in the candy shop, you know? He’s just trying the best he can.
He doesn’t really understand the other side of the argument.
That’s what I love about this interaction with Luke. It’s the first time he realizes that maybe just one exchange with hitting the enemy or throwing money at the face of adversity isn’t the right way to go about it. He doesn’t know any better.
So, by meeting Luke for the first time, he’s like ‘Oh, shit.’ And then, he learns there’s a different way to do this. Maybe I shouldn’t just go around beating people up. Up until now, he’s only seen things as black and white. He’s seen the problem and he’s seen the solution. He’s very young and he’s very reckless, and usually he just either punches it or he throws money at it because he knows no better. It’s a really wonderful thing when he starts to see a different side of the argument. Danny is really compassionate by nature and he’s very quick to understand Luke’s point of view, and he’s really quick to make amends.
And how would you define Danny’s relationship with Luke and the other two Defenders, Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock’s Daredevil?
So, one of the first conversations I had with Marco [Ramirez, *The Defenders* showrunner,] was about when Danny meets these other three individuals, what does he learn from them, and what do they learn from him? That was the most important thing to me about The Defenders, and we got that across. They really helped him understand himself so much better and really give him more perspective on who he is in the world.
I guess Luke is almost like Danny’s coach. He’s like his counselor, kind of helps wind him down in times when he’s just being a little bit out of control and pretty understanding in situations from a different perspective.
Daredevil is like Danny’s older brother. He’s someone that Danny looks up to. He starts to take a great deal of inspiration from him. I think he admires Daredevil. He admires — even though he’s seen adversity in his life, as Danny has — that he’s not letting that overwhelm him and he’s not letting that get him down, and he’s actually using his abilities for good and doing it in a responsible way. He really takes a lot of inspiration from that.
Jessica is like the cooler, annoying older sister who is always picking on her little brother. Even though she’s always picking on him, she does it out of kindness because, essentially, Danny is the eternal optimistic while Jessica is the down-and-out pessimist. I think it’s really wonderful that Danny meets Jessica, because she kind of brings it down a notch. Jessica is able to take the kids out there and try Danny and make him realize that maybe he shouldn’t take himself so seriously.
How else did Danny level up in Defenders? I’ve noticed a lot people saying his fight style is much cooler and more confident. Did you get any more fight training in between Iron Fist and The Defenders?
None. I went from Iron Fist straight into Defenders. I had a week to turn around and that was all pretty much costume fittings, script read-throughs, and sleeping. In terms of training, really, it has been in the first season and in both of the shows. It’s been on the job.
I’ve seen Iron Fist and Defenders as the first phase of Danny’s journey. I don’t really differentiate between the two, which has been a great thing for me because I’ve been able to play this arc of a character over a long period of time and it’s allowed me to be very nuanced and slow-burning, which I’ve really enjoyed. We’ve been taking our time getting Danny into top form.
Obviously, by the time Defenders came, I’d been working on [*Iron Fist*] and performing the choreography for nearly six or seven months, so I’d gotten a lot more used to it. Also, we had a new choreography team [for *Defenders*] and we had a different cameraman. So, the way it was constructed and the way that it was directed and put together was very different, which I think also helped the show’s choreography.
Now, just gonna let you know, moving into Season 2 of Iron Fist, I’m actually starting my training next week. We’re at least four or five months away from shooting, so this time around, I’m being given a lot more preparation leading up to Season 2, which I think is really gonna have a huge improvement on the quality of the fight scenes in Season 2 of Iron Fist.
GOTHAM MAGAZINE – After starring in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, Finn Jones was cast in not one, but two Marvel-Netflix series, which both premiered on the hit streaming service this year. In Iron Fist and The Defenders, Jones plays Danny Rand/Iron Fist, a superhero skilled in martial arts and protecting New York City.
Here, he talks to us about his grueling filming schedule and his favorite spots to eat around the city.
Tell me a little more about what attracted you to the project. Finn Jones: I think the first thing that got me excited about playing Danny Rand was that there are so many layers to Danny. On one side, he’s this very centered, spiritual, considerate, capable warrior. And on the other side he’s this hothead mess, very reckless, has a lot of trauma in his life, very naive. He’s in the middle of those two opposing forces and trying to find his way. And I love his optimism. I love the fact that at the center of it all, he is deeply compassionate, cares, and wants to do the right thing. But, because he’s young and reckless, he constantly finds himself messing up. And I love that struggle. It’s brilliant.
What kind of physical training did you have to do? FJ: It’s kind of been an ongoing process. There’s been a lot of physical training. I was cast in March last year and then we started filming in April. So it was a very short amount of time before I had to be camera-ready. But, now that I’m not shooting and in the lead up to season two of Iron Fist, I may want to train in a more cohesive and economical way. Really, the training is just a part of my life now. It’s a lifestyle that I’ve had to pick up. Lots of yoga, tai chi, martial arts, and very little alcohol and burgers.
Did you do these things before getting cast? FJ: I’ve always done yoga and I’ve always been into meditation, long before I got this role. Martial arts is definitely a new thing for me. But meditation, the spiritual side of things, that’s been with me for a long time.
Was there any moment during shooting that was particularly harrowing for you? FJ: It was all pretty relentless, to be honest. You’d work 14 hours a day, five days a week. You’d go from days into nights, nights into days. On top of that you had to train, you had to learn choreography, it was a very physically demanding show. There’s something really rewarding about pushing yourself that hard and I think you get a really raw and different performance from working at that pace and intensity.
What was it like working with such a great cast? FJ: It was awesome. We all had a very, very good dynamic from day one, both as actors and as characters. I think it really shows in the show; the chemistry between all of us is just fantastic. And that starts from us as actors.
You’re in the middle of Comic Con traveling. FJ: They’re great spaces for fans to come and share their love and be themselves. It’s a place for people to come and be weird. It’s a really supportive and friendly space of no judgment. I really admire that there’s a space for that all around the world.
Did you see Iron Fists? FJ: Yes. And I dressed up myself. I went around for a little bit. I love seeing the cosplays. There’s some really fantastic ones, really creative. There were a couple of kids this weekend that came dressed up as Iron Fist. That is probably the best feeling in the world, when you’re at these Comic Cons and you have a kid who’s maybe eight, and they’re just completed enraptured by the character. To be on the other side of that and give that energy back, it’s a really amazing thing. I think one of my most favorite things about being a superhero.
What’s the biggest difference between your Game of Thrones and Marvel fans? FJ: You know what? They cross over. Usually the fans that come and meet me, they’re fans of both shows and they’re pretty indistinguishable. It’s not like one tribe for one and one tribe for the other.
Are you still watching Game of Thrones? FJ: I actually haven’t had any time to catch up on it this season because I’ve been so busy. I think I’m going to wait until it’s all finished. I like to watch it at my own pace, but it’s very difficult to avoid spoilers, especially when your friends are in the show. You say, “Oh dude, are you going to be in the next season as well?” And they say no, and you say, “Oh, that must mean you’re dead.” I gave up on trying to avoid spoilers a long time ago. I’m really looking forward to seeing it.
You shot in the New York. What was it like to be living in the city? FJ: It’s amazing. I still live here now. I actually moved here a year and a half ago and I love it so much. I live in Brooklyn, and we film in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Jersey. It’s such a rich, diverse, amazing city to both film and live in. I feel blessed to be able to work on a show in this city. It’s incredible.
Favorite places to eat? FJ: There are a lot of really good restaurants in Brooklyn. There’s actually this one place on Berry St. in Williamsburg called Juniper. It’s a little rundown, family-style restaurant. From the outside, it looks like a beat-up restaurant, but go inside and it has the best, best food. It’s super low key; bring-your-own-booze kind of vibe. Very authentic and very relaxed.
Are you taking a bit of a break right now? FJ: Oh, there is no break. Straight off The Defenders I went on a world tour for Iron Fist. And I just completed that and now I’m on a press tour for The Defenders. And straight after that, I go into Iron Fist. I’m just on this train. Which is a fun train, but it’s a big lifestyle change. It’s fun, but it’s hard.
INQUIRER — “I have had a lot of practice dealing with the pressures of being in a high-profile show,” Finn Jones told us when we visited the set of “Marvel’s The Defenders” in New York early this year.
The eagerly anticipated series, which sees Iron Fist (Jones) forging a four-way partnership with Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Daredevil (Charlie Cox) to defeat a formidable foe, began streaming on Netflix last Friday and opened to enthusiastic reviews.
Jones knows whereof he speaks. After all, before his stint with the newest superhero group in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he had learned valuable lessons on proving naysayers wrong, taking brickbats with a grain of salt, and exceeding expectations when he was cast as Loras Tyrell in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Danny Rand in Netflix’s “Iron Fist.”
“I didn’t have enough time to feel the pressure because I had to dive into ‘The Defenders’ immediately after wrapping up the first season of ‘Iron Fist.’ So, I just read the script and brought the character to life as best as I could,” he said. “Look, I was in ‘Game of Thrones’ for six years. Working on a show that has had a lot of hype surrounding it, I’ve learned that it’s separate from my work as an actor. It’s great to have a huge fan base, but you need to ignore that when you’re working. I don’t get lost in all the bullsh*t.”
The change of pace allows Jones to see how Danny evolves as he embarks on a new journey. “As you can see, I look different in ‘The Defenders’ compared to how I was in ‘Iron Fist.’ So, Danny gets to grow up as he pursues his purpose throughout ‘The Defenders,’” he added.
Iron Fist is the last character introduced in the quartet’s shared story, but he’s no pushover, said Jones: “He may be the youngest of the group, but Danny’s participation is key to the narrative of ‘The Defenders.’
“He brings naïveté, recklessness and optimism to the group, which the others admire and despise in equal measure.
“They aren’t used to dealing with Iron Fist’s mystical persona. They’re quick to brush it off, but they soon realize its importance as they deal with the grave threat they’re facing.”
Our chat with Jones:
Talk about Iron Fist’s “bromance” with Luke Cage, and how that comes into play with the other members of The Defenders. Do you get along with one another? Everything went very well. Obviously, when you have relationships that are so iconic, you worry that you might oversell them. It might look like you’re trying too hard to create chemistry. With Mike and me, the chemistry feels effortless and natural. To be honest, my scenes with him are my favorite.
Our characters complement each other, but we don’t become buddies straightaway.
There’s friction between us, as there would be between people of diverse backgrounds. But, within those differences, we’re able to see eye-to-eye on a few things. What draws Danny to Luke and vice versa is the fact that they see each other’s vulnerable side.
The Defenders are brought together by a threat that necessitates Matt, Luke, Danny and Jessica to join forces.
It’s not a Power Rangers kind of collaboration, where we go, “Hey, let’s fight crime and kick ass!” But, it’s also in their differences where the alliances of the four street-level superheroes start to emerge.
I must say that I’d love to take part in a “Heroes for Hire” series, where Iron Fist and Luke Cage get to collaborate with the Daughters of the Dragon, who should include Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and even Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). It’ll be fascinating to see the five of us as a team.
What kind of training did you go through for your role? I had to learn a different kind of fight choreography almost every week since March of last year. That’s a lot of f**king fights (laughs)! Before I did the show, I had a month and half to learn different forms of martial arts, which take a lifetime for most people to learn.
It was like learning dance choreography—I’d study the steps, learn to make them look right, then on the day of the shoot, I’d carry out the steps, act through them and improve on the job.
Recently, I had to learn a very long and complicated fight scene. When I first did “Iron Fist,” that routine would have taken me a week to learn.
But last week, I learned it under an hour! So, you improve with constant practice. It’s a lot to undergo, apart from enduring 15-hour shoots.
Which styles of martial arts did you focus on? We touched a lot on wushu, kung fu and taichi, because that’s the way Danny harnesses his mystical power.
Incorporated into those were a fusion of styles—monkey, tiger, crane and drunken styles …
Hasn’t there been a competition among the four shows? There was none. And there was no bloated ego on the set. We’re team players who want only the best for each other. We support each other’s shows.
Did you read the comic books before you got the role? This question takes me back to “Game of Thrones.”
Before I started filming my scenes as Loras Tyrell, I read all the books. But, when filming began, I realized it wasn’t all that helpful to rely on the source material.
What you’re dealing with is essentially an adaptation, so you have to focus on the world as imagined by the script.
I’ve read “The Immortal Iron Fist” and “The Living Weapon” series, and I’ve skimmed through a lot of the ’70s comics to get an idea of the tone of that world. Danny changes in a lot in those incarnations. For me, knowing that is liberating, because I don’t want to emulate something that’s already been done. The show has to stand on its own.
What I love so much about Danny Rand are the massive contradictions within the character. He isn’t perfect, so there’s room for him to progress.
For any actor, it’s a thrill to play a character who’s relatable and real. It’s exciting to imagine what and where he’ll be in three years’ time!
METRO – Playing a superhero on TV can be a rough gig at times. Just ask “Iron Fist” star Finn Jones.
The 29-year-old actor is back as the kung fu-kicking billionaire Danny Rand in Marvel’s “The Defenders,” which debuted on Netflix over the weekend. While it’s been a fun role for the “Game of Thrones” alum, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t earned a few bumps and bruises along the way.
“The easiest way to describe it is I dislocated my hip,” Jones tells Metro of his nasty leg injury prior to filming the miniseries. “Also, I tore like a really deep muscle in my aductor. Because my hip was out of place, it wasn’t healing correctly. That happened in ‘Iron Fist’ and I pretty much had that ongoing injury throughout ‘The Defenders.'”
Luckily, he was able to power through the pain in order to pull off his awesome martial arts moves on the show. Ahead, Jones talks more about his “Defenders” experience, his secret musical side and his thoughts on the role of heroes in the Donald Trump era.
You’ve been spending a lot of time in New York filming “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders.” How’s the Big Apple treating you?
I live in Brooklyn and I f—king love this city, man. There’s a reason why they call it the greatest city in the world. The thing I love about it the most is how much diversity there is here. There’s such a mix of different cultures, peoples and walks of life, but everyone is united under this sense of being a New Yorker.
Society has plenty of villains at the moment, but there doesn’t seem to be many heroes. Does the real world need a superhero right now?
I think what the world desperately needs right now is better understanding. There’s a lot of confusion, anger, emotion and ignorance. I think ignorance is the biggest problem. Moving forward, we really need to start listening to each other and we need to start reaching out our hands to help and understand rather than to fight. All of this conflict is just going to push us further and further down the road to destruction and chaos. It’s not a good way to be.
We need to be compassionate. It can be really f—king difficult to be compassionate when we don’t understand the other side of the argument. But we need to do that, because f—k me, the president isn’t compassionate. If we haven’t got that guy being compassionate, then we need to do it ourselves. We need to stop getting caught up in the little things of the world. We need to start seeing the bigger picture. If we don’t, it’s going to be too late.
When you’re not kicking butt on TV, you also make music. Should we expect DJ Iron Fist to bring the beats stateside anytime soon?
To be honest, I keep my music quite modest. I like to play alone, you know what I mean? Music is such a personal thing for me. It’s not something I really like to merge with my acting world. But it’s a huge passion of mine. Music means a lot to me.
Are Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons on “Game of Thrones” more intimidating than the Dragon of K’un-Lun on “Iron Fist?”
Well, we haven’t seen the Dragon of K’un-Lun yet, so it’s difficult to call it on that. But the “Game of Thrones” dragons are pretty awesome. It’s hard to draw a comparison to the “Game of Thrones” dragons, but I’m going to have to say Khaleesi’s dragons, hands down.
Since you’re a fight fan, who has the better chest tattoo: Iron Fist or Conor McGregor?
Oh McGregor, for sure. That [gorilla] is f—king awesome. It’s way cooler.
‘The Defenders’ is finally here! Hope everyone had all their expectations filled with it and thought it was just as amazing as I thought it was. We have already added high quality screencaps of Finn in all the episodes of the show, and you can check them out in our gallery (be careful: spoiler alert if you haven’t finished everything, obviously!)
Marvel’s The Defenders stars Finn Jones as Daniel Rand/The Iron Fist; Mike Colter as Luke Cage; Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones; Charlie Cox as Matthew Murdock/Daredevil; Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra; Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios. Now available on Netflix.