Canadian actor and UFC champion Georges St-Pierre returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which sees him leap back into action as the French mercenary Batroc — a classic foe of Captain America.
St-Pierre appears as the head villain in the opening sequence of the show, which pits him against the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in a dramatic aerial combat sequence over the desert.
St-Pierre joined Global News to talk about reprising a role he first played in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the changes he’s made since retiring from the UFC, and the future he sees for himself and the series’ stars, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.
Global News: The show starts with an action sequence to set up that we’re in Captain America’s world — and there you are as his old enemy Batroc, right in the centre of it all. How did this comeback come together for you?
Georges St-Pierre: It was perfect timing, because when I retired about two to three years ago, Disney contacted me about the project. I felt very lucky and very privileged to be part of that franchise because I’ve always been a big fan of Marvel and Disney since I was a kid.
GN: It looks like you got a more complex fight scene than the one you did in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. What was it like shooting such a complicated aerial battle?
GSP: It is complicated, but Disney and Marvel are the best at putting it all together. Director Kari Skoglund gave me great guidance points, like the Russo brothers did in Winter Soldier. They knew it’s a new thing for me.