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The RZA Has Some Thoughts About Magnets, Mercury, and the Greatest Weapon Ever

You’ll have to watch the RZA’s directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists to find out what exactly they are, but Noisey’s Ben Shapiro got enough out of the Wu-Tang brainforce to elicit a solid “oh really?”

by Michael Byrne
Nov 4 2012, 12:00am

You’ll have to watch the RZA’s directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists to find out what exactly they are, but Noisey’s Ben Shapiro got enough out of the Wu-Tang brainforce to elicit a solid “oh really?” Note that said martial arts lovefest/bloodfest is out now, stars Russel Crowe, and features horror guy Eli Roth (who knows a thing about “torture motherfucker,” eh) as a co-writer. Find the full interview over here, but the key bit about the RZA’s “greatest weapon ever” is below (with a bonus nod to Star Trek).

Were you able to sneak any weird little secret Easter eggs into the film?
Oh, they’re in there, you’ll see them. One thing I did was try to stick as many Wu-Tang logos as I could in there. That’s for my fans. I got one other thing. I’ve got my own theories and shit. I got this theory about magnetism and metal and mercury and all that shit. It’s just a theory, but at least in the movie I’m able to use that theory to forge the greatest weapon ever.

Uh… Can you tell me a little more about that?
You’ll see it in the movie. You’ll see exactly what he brings and how he tries to mold these metals together that molecularly shouldn’t be able to mold… But I think they can. At certain heats. I don’t know if anyone out there is doing it, but it’s something that’s crossed my mind as a kid, so I added some magic to it and now it’s in the movie.

What is your style on set?
The best way to describe it is like I’m Captain Kirk. That’s the way this movie was done. I’ve got a good crew, but if Scotty was all “Captain, we’re gonna blow! We don’t have enough lithium crystals and we can’t take it!” and Kirk is like “Warp five,” Scotty knows that even against all probability and physics, the ship should blow. But Kirk knows it’s either going to blow, or they’re gonna make it, and he decides to go for it. And they make it. These are the kinds of decisions I was faced with every day, and the kind of pressure I was under, but I always made the right decisions.

Let the arms race begin.

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