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.'"
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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.