Besides skills, attitude also important to be action hero: John Abraham

Known or his stylised and suave action sequences in films, actor John Abraham says for an action hero it is not just about packing punches, but also having the right attitude.

PTI| Updated: Aug 03, 2016, 18:20 PM IST
Besides skills, attitude also important to be action hero: John Abraham

Mumbai: Known or his stylised and suave action sequences in films, actor John Abraham says for an action hero it is not just about packing punches, but also having the right attitude.

"When it comes to action I give lot of inputs, I have done this from the start of my career because I understand this (action) space easily. It (action) comes very naturally to me. In an action hero it's not just about what action skills he has but about the attitude he has," John told PTI.

"To be an action hero you have to look like an action hero and you need to have that physicality and 'look'. Like people should get scared when you look at them. If you don't have that then just dance and don't do action."

Over the years, John has created an action image of himself and he says it's not that difficult to maintain it.

"Having a body comes naturally to me. I don't have to show my body always. I am built in a certain way. It is easy to carry it off. My physicality is so overpowering that it takes away from everything else. People felt I was perfect in 'Dishoom'," he said.

John loved working with Varun Dhawan in the recently released film "Dishoom".

"I think 'Dishoom' reminds one about films like 'Men in Black', 'Lethal Weapon', 'Bad Boys'. I think after a long time you are seeing a buddy-cop film. People are loving the chemistry between me and Varun. They loved the last scene," the 43-year-old actor said.

The "Madras Cafe" actor feels "Dishoom", an action-adventure, has the scope of becoming a big franchise.

"Varun Dhawan (co-actor in the film) and I want to continue with this film. Sajid Nadiadwala (producer) also wants to do it but our director Rohit Dhawan wants to go on holiday. I am sure Rohit too wants to make another 'Dishoom'."

"I think there will be 'Dishoom 8'. When I come on board for a film I can understand which one (film) can be turned into a franchise and which one cannot."

To gauge the reaction of the audience, John recently went to see "Dishoom" in a single-screen theatre.

"To watch the film with the crowd is amazing. I wanted to see the reaction so I took an auto, went to Gaiety theatre. When I went people came out of theatre and I had to run out. But the reaction is positive," he said.

The Rohit Dhawan-directed has reportedly earned Rs 71 crore and John is quite happy about its commercial success.

"The collection is pretty good as rains are there since few days. And Mysore, Bengaluru and Gurgoan circuit is shut due to rains. So we lost lot of money," he said.

"The fact that it is not franchise, it's a different film and it has got different grammar to it. It's fantastic with the kind of response that we have got. The credit goes to our director Rohit Dhawan."

Apparently, lot of critics felt "Dishoom" had less number of action sequences.

To this, John says, "People expected and told me that since John Abraham is there in the film, so in the beginning there should be a punch scene. But Rohit Dhawan has a different idea of making a film. Rohit wanted flying out and attitude and I agree with him."

"In 'Dishoom', it was more about attitude than punches. There were people who missed action but Rohit Dhawan was right in his own way. 'Dishoom' did have action."

The film also has Jacqueline Fernandez in the lead.