Iron Fist star Finn Jones is going deep to prepare for his role as Danny Rand. According to Jones, he's not only studying martial arts, but also Buddhism and Eastern philosophy to get in the zone both physically and mentally.
"I love the character. What really drew me was the character and the story. I really enjoy how he’s a superhero with a real heart but has spiritual elements as well," Jones told EW. "I think it’s going to be an exciting character to play because there’s this contraction of on one hand he’s from a very wealthy family, he’s a billionaire, on the other hand he’s been in this world of K’un-Lun for a long time where he’s learned kung fu and buddhist philosophy. I feel like there’s a contradiction in those two elements thats going to be really fun to play. "
As for which disciplines Jones is studying, he says he's diving into "Kung Fu and Wushu with a bit of Tai Chi," which he's coupled with extensive weight training.
"At the moment I’m in the physical preparation for the role. Every day for the last month, I start my day with about two and a half hours of martial arts – which is kung fu and wushu mixed with a bit of tai chi, and other stuff as well. In the afternoon I’ll do weight training with a trainer to bulk me up and get my physically right for the part. And in evenings I’ve been doing meditation classes and learning buddhist philosophies. "
"It’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing as an actor, to bridge spiritual discipline with a badass superhero," Jones added. " This is the kind of role I’ve been waiting for for a long time. Now that it’s happened, it’s like a dream come true. I’m super excited."
Iron Fist is expected to start filming later this year for release on Netflix in 2017.