Originally Posted by mrtony80
Say an actor was playing the role of a boxer. Starting from scratch, how long would it take to get the aesthetics of boxing down? How long would it take for the actor to be able to at least somewhat convincingly fake it? Hilary Swank didn't look bad at all in 'Million Dollar Baby', and Will Smith didn't look bad in 'Ali'. Not sure how much camera angles and editing had to do with that, though.
According to Jack Dempsey's book , it takes 3-6 months to master the mechanics of straight punches under proper guidance. And there are so many other things...
What do you mean by not bad? Not bad in what? Hitting speed bag and rope jumping? This is not boxing per ce...
In some scene Will Smith was against James Toney, who was playing Joe Fraiser, this guy was a lot more "not bad" as an actor than Will Smith as a boxer