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Exclusive: Iron Fist's Finn Jones on Danny Rand's evolution in Marvel's The Defenders

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Aug 18, 2017

Those Netflix Marvel superheroes are back! This time they'll have to work together as The Defenders to save New York City, Finn Jones tells SYFY WIRE in the exclusive interview below. Jones' Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist) is forced to team up with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Daredevil in Marvel's The Defenders.

In the new series, Sigourney Weaver is the head of The Hand, and she has very evil intentions for New York City. It will be up to our street-level heroes to stop her. The series, which comes from Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, also stars Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Scott Glenn, and Carrie-Anne Moss. All eight episodes of the first season of Marvel's The Defenders premiered on Netflix today.

Jones (previously Ser Loras Tyrell on Game of Thrones) talked to SYFY WIRE about the evolution of Danny Rand, the extreme fight choreography in The Defenders, and what it means to be a street-level superhero.

For fans of your character, what do we have to look forward to with The Defenders?

We have a lot to look forward to. All of these four characters, it's been a long time, long awaited. These four characters have been destined to get together ... The premise is we're kind of forced together as a group, and seeing how we all work together despite our differences.

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And you get to go up against Sigourney Weaver.

Yes, she's a great actress. It was wonderful to have her come on board. She's very kind, very down to earth, very generous. It was a pleasure to work with her.

And it looks like she's the bad guy and playing the leader of The Hand.

Good character, very dynamic. She has her opinions and we have our opinions, and let's just say they don't really see eye to eye.

For people who don't know about Iron Fist, what do you want to tell them about your character?

Well, I think they can tune in and find out (laughs). There's not much fun in me explaining it. If you want to know about the character than turn on the TV and watch Netflix. It's all on, all eight episodes, and just check it out.

How does this new series evolve your character Danny Rand?

Danny is able to become more driven and more responsible in his abilities. Up until now he's found it quite difficult to find his place in the world and make sense of the responsibilities that he has. And I think by meeting the other three characters he's able to focus and become more inspired and become more grounded as a hero.

For you, what's special about Marvel's The Defenders?

This show's a celebration. It's fun. It's a long time coming. We've all had our individual shows, and now we're fighting together in an ensemble piece. And really it's a celebration for all of us characters getting together for an eight-series event. It's a way for the fans to have fun and interact with each other and check out an action-packed eight-series event.

What kind of challenges did you face with this series?

Actually this show was what it intends to be. It was fun. The four of us actually got on pretty well. We all had a lot of fun working together. The characters had some challenges, but for us as the actors it was a pretty enjoyable experience from beginning to end.

It looks like there's tons of action and cool fight scenes. What was it like to film them?

Yep, there's a lot of fight scenes. Never-ending fight choreography sessions. It's part of the fun, the individual characters have their own fighting styles and seeing what it's like when they all come together and fight. The stunt choreographer, Matt Mullins, did a great job infusing our styles.

What surprised you most since you became Iron Fist? The thing you weren't expecting.

You know what? When the show came out I wasn't expecting the level of appreciation that the Marvel fans have. And that's one of the things I'm very grateful about for the audience of these shows. They really love the shows. They really love the characters. They're very supportive. It's very humbling to play a character that is so well admired. That was actually quite surprising.

What does this role mean to you as an actor?

The thing that sets it apart from all the other superhero shows is that we're street-level heroes ... We're a lot edgier and we're a lot more conflicted than the other superheroes ... What it means to me, it's great to be in work (laughs). It's great to have a solid job. But also, I've moved to New York, and I now live here and I now work in New York. I'm from London originally. And so it really has been a lifestyle change.

There are really four stars to this show. What was it like for you to work with the other actors?

Because we're all people with our own series when we became the Defenders we all came from an equal playing ground. We'd all shared the same experiences. We have a common understanding of where we all are, and it's creatively a really supportive, equal, and productive grounds for a great television show.

What's up next for you?

Well, up next is Season 2 of Iron Fist.