Arrow: Amell Explains the Reason for a Shirtless fight in the Mid-season Finale

by Antonio Jose Chavez
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During his recent Q&A to celebrate 3 million Facebook fans and the last day of filming in 2014, Stephen Amell gives us the why to the question many fans have asked this last weeks after Arrow’s mid-season finale: Why Oliver and Ra’s fought shirtless in such a freezing cold environment?

While the scene itself is rightfully one of the most epic scenes in television history, it does raise the question: Why fight shirtless? This is not Twilight, where the characters’ value is measured for the amount of scenes showing their abs after all…..

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Oliver fights Ra’s in ”The Climb”

Arrow’s very own Stephen Amell explains why. The answer is very simple. According to Amell, he and the showrunners wanted to pay respect to the comics.

“I was really, really cold. It was — let’s go with Celsius since the majority of the world is going to watch this and not just the United States of America — it was I’d say two degrees Celsius. And it was windy and it was raining,” Amell said. “And that’s one of the reasons why my left pectoral twitched in one of the scenes. The fight in and of itself, I was fine, because we were fighting, but the whole lead-up, I was cold. Cold, cold, cold. We’d been planning to do the fight shirtless for a number of reasons. The first one, I had suggested it to the producers because I didn’t want my stunt double Simon doing one single thing. I love you, Simon. It turns out, though, that Batman and Ra’s al Ghul fighting shirtless on the top of a mountain is a very iconic image from the comic books, so we wanted to honor that as well.”

Ra’s fought Batman in a desert, shirtless, but because of the hot temperature in such a scenario. While the conditions for filming where not comfortable, he and the star who play Ra’s decided to still film shirtless because the fans deserved their commitment to the scene.

He also stated: It was so cold and so miserable the producers gave him a chance to wear a shirt, but being the fan-pleasing person he is and because he spend one hour and a half preparing with make-up for the scars and tattoos for “shirtless Oliver”, he decided to fight shirtless anyway.

What do you think of the reasons for the fight in such a scenario? Plausible or not? EPIC or not?


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