Arrow Star Stephen Amell Talks Archery Form

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen

In a recent article, Stephen Amell, the lead actor in the Arrow series which premiered last night, talked about the importance of his character’s archery form. He seems to be very aware that not only will comic book fans be picking apart the show’s interpretation of Green Arrow, but archers will also be judging his technique.

Recently Laura Fisk analyzed the form of the most recent super hero archers shown on screen. Most of them didn’t fair very well. And she’s not the only one that noticed that archers on screen can have very sloppy form.

Stephen Amell’s archery coach Patricia Gonsalves

Amell trained for Arrow with archery coach Patricia Gonsalves. Before they began practicing, she had him watch a video of TV shows and movies in which archery had been done very badly. Getting proper form down was a priority for her.

It’s to be expected that some compromises in form will be made while filming and some CGI will be used. So we can’t get too nitpicky about what we’re watching. But, I do think it’s a good sign that Stephen is very conscious of his form and that he knows we archers are watching. He also seems to enjoy archery which may bode well for how it’s portrayed on the show.

What did you think about the pilot? Were you critiquing Oliver Queen’s archery form or just happy to see another show/movie with an archer saving the day – and making archery look really cool?

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2 Replies to “Arrow Star Stephen Amell Talks Archery Form”

  1. It’s too bad Laura Fisk wasn’t available to consult with Stephen Amell and bestow upon him all her vast archery wisdom, not to mention act as his general life adviser and use her remarkable intellect to tell him what to do in innumerable situations.

  2. Arrow is one of the best shows on tv I have seen I love watching this and Stephen amell is perfect for the part I think he is a great actor and he plays this part very well in my opinion

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