"I wasn't built to dance" - how Scarlett Johansson filmed that Ghost in the Shell pole dancing fight scene

Ghost in the Shell is packed full of impressive action scenes to make the most hardcore adrenaline junkie tremble, and one of the best sees Scarlett Johansson's Major take out a group of baddies... while handcuffed to a pole (opens in new tab)

Going undercover in a pole dancing club has its risks, but if anyone can handle it, it's a cyber-enhanced soldier and when Major is tied to a pole, electrocuted, and told to dance, she reacts perfectly by kicking the crap out of everyone in the room. It's stunning to watch and is all the more impressive when you find out how it was shot. According to the movie's fight trainer, Richard Norton, Johansson is doing "100% of that fight," and you can see just how it was filmed in the exclusive behind-the-scenes video above.  

Ghost in the Shell is out now on Digital and Blu-ray and DVD from August 7, 2017.

Read more: The best Ghost in the Shell Easter eggs we could find (from the original anime and more) (opens in new tab)

James Jarvis
Executive Producer, GR Video

Hi I'm James or JJ if you like, I'll answer to both. I'm the Executive producer for GR video which means I've had at least a part in all the hot moving pictures you'll find on the site (even if that part was just saying, yes that's a good video). I also produce the Future Games Show and Golden Joystick Awards. Away from the office you'll either find me playing Fortnite, or walking my dog. I'm better at one than the other, I'll let you decide which.