Ryan Reynolds’ ‘6 Underground’: How the Cars, Stunts, and Gear Came Together for the New Action Film

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Ryan Reynolds is ready for action. In his new film 6 Underground, Reynolds stars as the leader of a covert and mysterious team of operatives who travel the world to take down bad guys. The Netflix film is directed by Michael Bay, which means there are plenty of explosions, incredible stunts, and amazing vehicles in the movie.

Reynolds and Bay filmed scenes around the world for the movie, shooting in Italy, Hungary and Abu Dhabi, among other locales. One of the biggest sequences of the film took place on the streets of Florence, which saw one of the stunt drivers of the film drive his way through a 15th-century building with barely any room for error.

6 Underground / Netflix

With 6 Underground being released by Netflix on Friday, December 13, we put together some behind-the-scenes facts from Netflix and the production team about how they pulled off the stunts, the cars they used, and the training the actors went through.

Here’s a peek behind the action of 6 Underground:

The Main Car: A Neon Green Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

6 Underground / Netflix
6 Underground / Netflix
  • The primary car used by Reynolds and his team in the film is a neon green Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. The car is fitted with a 2.9 liter Twin-Turbo V6 engine, delivering 505 horsepower and 443 lb ft of torque. It has the muscle to go from 0-60 MPH in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 191 MPH. There were 5 Giulia Quadrifoglios used in the making of the film.
  • The bright neon green color of the car is one of director Michael Bay’s favorite colors, and he felt it stood out against the ancient backdrops of Florence and Siena.
  • In order to fully unleash the car to perform some of the stunts, the film’s production team asked Alfa Romeo to send an engineer to the set to disable some of the safety features, such as airbags which could have deployed during a stunt sequence. They also disabled other anti-collision systems, from seatbelts to brakes, steering and even stability and traction control. While those safety features were disabled, the production crew outfitted the Alfas with safety harnesses and proper safety gear needed for the performers.
  • Apart from the main car, there were also 3 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Diesel models used in the making of the film and those took on the biggest damage during stunt sequences.

6 Underground / Netflix
6 Underground / Netflix

How the Team Pulled Off An Incredible Stunt Through a 15th-Century Building

  • There’s a chase scene was that filmed in Florence, Italy, that saw stunt driver Brett Smrz drive an Alfa Romeo Giulia through the glass-paned double doors of the famed Pitti Palace with no room for error. As the car raced through, there were 6 inches of clearance on each side and hitting the wall would’ve meant damaging a 15th-century building. Brett, however, hit his mark every time. They did, however, remove the real glass doors and replace them with exact replicas made of candy glass.

Here’s a look at the incredible stunt in this trailer: