It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No it’s Parkour great Danee Marmolejo leaping through the air like a superhero. The way limber athlete from Mexico was literally bouncing off of Wynwood Walls this week to discuss his consulting role on the movie “Assassin’s Creed,” out Friday.
How did you get involved w/ Assassins’ Creed?
They needed someone who could speak both English and Spanish in order to promote the sport and how it was incorporated into the film. I think that the movie did a great job in the demonstration of Parkour; it’s a very complete approach to the sport and also differently remarkable in how they were able to use it in the action sequences in the film. Fans of the game or fans of action films should not miss this film.
How did you start doing Parkour?
I started practicing the sport when I was 15 years old. I was inspired by how people moved so effortlessly and how real and how spectacular the movements were without using cables or CGI. I have now been active for 10 years and have had the privilege to compete in international tournaments as well and be part of commercial productions.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to do what you do?
First, I would tell them to do their research on the sport. It is definitely not easy; it takes a lot of time and dedication. Secondly, look for teams or gyms in your area who cater to the sport, luckily the sport has become more visible in popular culture and many cities now have special facilities where people can learn and train safely. Thirdly, do be afraid to try it. Your body is more capable than you think.
What is the hardest skill you have learned so far?
Mental strength and learning how to overcome fear. Fear is a very natural response and telling yourself to jump off a two-story building can be terrifying yet thrilling all at the same time. I have learned more about myself through fear than through success.
Have you ever gotten hurt?
Yes, I’ve had two chronic ankle sprains, wrist sprains and a few lesions/scratches. I have been careful with my training, listening to my body and making smart choices.