The world needs more Frank Grillo. Not only is he a top-notch actor and kick-ass action star, but he’s also a super nice guy and absolute pleasure to interview, too. He’s delivered quality material throughout his career, but the past three years have marked one standout success after the next with Grillo going from Warrior to The Grey then End of Watch, Zero Dark Thirty and he keeps tacking on more.
While talking to Grillo about his next big release, The Purge: Anarchy, he also took the time to update Collider on a number of upcoming projects. He gave us some details on his character in the new DirecTV series, Kingdom, confirmed that he’s officially attached to Patrick Hughes’ The Raid remake, discussed the status of his seemingly long-lost horror movie, Demonic, and also hinted at Rumlow’s return in Captain America 3. You can check out the video of Grillo talking about all four projects and read his comments after the jump.
First we hit his new TV show, Kingdom, formerly titled Navy St., which is due to premiere October 8th at 9pm on Audience Network. Grillo leads as a guy named Alvey, the owner of a mixed martial arts gym in California. Grillo further explained:
“He’s an ex-fighter who kind of came into his own before the UFC and went as far as he could, so now my life is like most of their lives, unglamorous. I compare it to Donnie Brasco, like the low-level mafia guys. I run a gym, I try to lure some professionals so they can represent the gym and I can train them to fight and they can be successful.
My sons happen to be fighters, but they’re not the reason why I do this obviously. I’m the reason why they do it more, you know? And it’s really a dysfunctional relationship with everybody around me. So it’s very dark, it’s very visceral, it’s very authentic. The language is really rough. I think it kind of turns TV upside-down a little bit. It should be good.”
Sticking with the more physical roles, Grillo also has plans to shoot the remake of The Raid when/if it goes into production in early 2015 as recently reported. When that news broke, Grillo, Luke Evans, Anthony Mackie and Ethan Hawke were all named frontrunners for roles, but now Grillo confirmed he’s snagged himself an offer:
“Well, yeah. I mean, we were officially offered the film, and so that was gonna go in September and now that doesn’t go until January. So, you know, that’s the way the movie business is. You’re officially attached until there is no more movie, you know? But yeah, this is something that I’m planning on doing. Yeah.”
“You know, the script is great. Patrick Hughes, now that he has this time – who just directed The Expendables 3 – he’s tweaking it a little bit. Sony really is behind the project and I loved it. [I’m] one of the three main characters and, you know, I’m excited about it. I can’t wait to actually go do it because it’s gonna be Americanized, but not overtly Americanized. It’s really gonna keep a lot of what made the first Raid so great.”
The Purge: Anarchy is hitting theaters very soon after wrapping production, but that’s certainly not the case for another one of Grillo’s film, Demonic. That one was previously titled House of Horror and grew from a story created by James Wan, but after wrapping quite some time ago, not much happened. Even Grillo himself isn’t clear on what’s going on with it:
“Yeah, I did that years ago, like two years ago and it was me and Bello. I was always a big Maria Bello fan. That’s more of a horror movie. Half of it was the found footage, and I have no idea what that is even or what it looks like or when it’s coming out or if it’ll come out. I know it’s Bob Weinstein’s company, so who knows?”
One thing that is definitely coming our way is more Captain America, and on May 6th, 2016 to be precise. But a big question is, will Grillo’s Brock Rumlow be part of it? Spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen Captain America: The Winter Solider, Rumlow winds up in pretty rough shape at the end of the movie, but he is alive and when you consider that and the fact that Grillo’s got himself a multi-picture deal with Marvel, there’s a pretty good shot he’ll be back. Grillo was a little hesitant to flat out confirm it, but he certainly suggested Rumlow might return and then even specified when:
“I mean, I’m cautiously optimist that you will see me in the not too distant future in the next installment of Captain America.”
Even though there were no guarantees that Rumlow would make his way into multiple films, Grillo was prepared for the possibility the moment he was brought on:
“Very early on the Russos said, ‘Look, this is an origin film for this character. We’re gonna discover who this is and this is a big movie with a lot of moving parts, but we’re gonna discover you in this film and, you know, here’s the information about who Brock Rumlow turns into and blah, blah, blah.’ And so we’ve had multiple discussions about what comes after that, that thing. So, you know, it’s obvious Rumlow is covered in rubble and burned to crisp at the end, but you see he’s still there. They don’t do that for no reason.”
After proposing that a costume might help cover those nasty battle scars right up, Grillo laughed and said:
“He needs a costume! Coincidentally it could be a mask with a crossbones on it.”
You can catch him talking about all four projects in the video below and be sure to keep an eye out for our full conversation with Grillo closer to The Purge: Anarchy’s July 18th debut.