After debuting on the Miami Movie Pageant to knockout critiques in 2019, the psychological thriller Huracán is ready to make landfall on HBO Latino and on HBO Max starting on Sept. 11. The movie focuses on Alonso Santos (Cassius Corrigan), who channels his Dissociative Id Dysfunction into his MMA alter ego, Huracán.
For Cassius Corrigan, Huracán is the end result of a “4 yr odyssey.” He began writing the movie in September of 2016, and he additionally served as its director and as a lead actor.
“On this sport, you discuss s–t after which they lock you in a cage throughout from the opposite particular person, and the one factor the opposite particular person shouldn’t be allowed to do is eye gouge you. Every thing else is on the desk — they will knock you out, they will choke you unconscious,” he solely instructed Distractify about why he selected to deal with MMA. “There was a purity, an authenticity, and a reality in that, which I discovered to be deeply compelling.”
Followers of the fight sport will discover a couple of acquainted faces in Huracán, together with UFC welterweight fighter Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal.
Cassius spoke with Distractify about why Jorge linked with the movie, and what impressed him to create one thing that might problem how viewers have a look at the world of MMA, and on the stigma of psychological sickness.
MMA fighter Jorge Masvidal is making his big-screen debut in ‘Huracán.’
Jorge Masvidal is the latest recipient of the BMF belt (which stands for “Baddest Mom F—-r”), which he gained in opposition to Nate Diaz in November of 2019. It is evident that the competitor is a drive to be reckoned with.
Cassius mentioned what it was prefer to work with the 35-year-old Miami native, who he known as a “world celebrity.”
“It was such a dream of mine to work with Jorge,” he mentioned. “He actually stepped up as a result of he believed within the energy of this story. He wished to help a Miami filmmaker telling an fascinating, difficult, and thought-provoking story, which was additionally a deep dive into psychological sickness alongside the MMA. Working with him has been one of many highlights of his journey, and seeing him blossom during the last year-and-a-half has simply been overwhelming.”
A lot of the originality of a film like Huracán comes from its utilization of actual MMA opponents, like Jorge. Whereas it could possibly be powerful to navigate working with forged members with just about no skilled performing expertise, Cassius defined how he was in a position to get these fighters to present significant and actual performances.
“It is easy however highly effective: do not ask them to behave,” Cassius mentioned. “You will get an ideal efficiency from somebody who has by no means acted earlier than, so long as you are placing them able to be themselves on digicam. It is extra getting them comfy sufficient on display screen and on digicam to allow them to be themselves.”
Cassius mentioned what units ‘Huracán’ aside from different struggle movies.
Not like most different motion pictures which function struggle scenes, Cassius confirmed that the on-screen spars had been 100 p.c actual, and that there have been no struggle coordinators on set.
“We weren’t play preventing, we had been really sparring and taking pictures that. In that component, it felt like I did not should act as a lot as a result of it felt so reliable,” Cassius mentioned. “I did not need to get knocked out. I needed to defend myself, and I needed to assault.”
However, Huracán is extra than simply about one man’s quest to grow to be a prime fighter. It is also meant to highlight the Dissociative Id Dysfunction (DID), a trauma-based psychological sickness that was previously referred to as A number of Character Dysfunction.
The movie is the primary ever to function the Eye Motion Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) type of remedy to assist mitigate the stresses ensuing from DID.
Whereas writing the script, Cassius spoke with a court-appointed therapist in Miami-Dade county, and he additionally checked out actual circumstances from the household courtroom there.
“There are all of those movies that I’ve seen that flip psychological sickness into a brilliant energy or an insanely villainous, horrifying factor,” he mentioned. “I actually wished to deconstruct that authentically.”
The directing/performing/writing triple risk mentioned that he hopes the movie achieves one factor specifically.
“The purpose is simply to current it in an emotionally possible way so that individuals can empathize with that battle of dwelling with a psychological sickness,” Cassius concluded.
Huracán debuts at eight p.m. on HBO Latino, and it’s out there to stream at any time on HBO Max.