Earlier today I got to interview Jason Statham as CBS Films is junketing his next movie The Mechanic (which is a welcome addition to Statham’s ass kicking resume) here in Los Angeles. As a fan of his work over the past decade, it was really cool to finally ask him some questions about how he chooses his projects and just to hear him talk about making movies. And while I’ll have the entire conversation online the week of release (January 28), I wanted to post two highlights tonight: what he said about Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 2 and if he thinks a Crank 3 will ever happen. Hit the jump for what he had to say:
“It’s a shame the last one didn’t do that well. I think the first one had a little bit more success and usually if you do a sequel, it usually has to in some ways take a little bit more money than the first one.”
As a huge fan of the first two Crank films, I’d love to see a third film. But if they don’t make another Crank, perhaps Neveldine/Taylor and Statham can create a new character…
But while we are probably not going to get another sequel to Crank, Statham sounded very confident that The Expendables 2 is going to move forward much sooner than many thought. When I asked him what he’s getting ready to film this year, he told me this is the first time he has nothing scheduled in years. I then asked if Expendables 2 is what he was waiting on. He said yes.
While I was unsure that The Expendables 2 would move forward that fast, Statham said, “I’m very positive that it will be going.”
Of course, who really knows what’s up with The Expendables 2, but with Statham one of the stars of the franchise, since he hasn’t booked another gig, perhaps the movie is going to be filming much sooner than we all thought.
Collider: I’m a big fan of your pairings with Neveldine/Taylor, I’m curious, when you think of the Crank movies, what’s the first thing that comes to your head and do you ever think there’ll be a third?
Jason Statham: It’s a shame the last one didn’t do that well. I think the first one had a little bit more success and usually if you do a sequel, it usually has to in some ways take a little bit more money than the first one.
Well the second one is just balls up crazy.
Statham: Yeah, it was absolutely nuts, which reflects exactly who those two are. I don’t know, whether we’ll do another one? Who knows? I just know we had a great…working with those two guys is not like working with anybody else. I mean, they are absolutely mad as hatters. And Neveldine, moved to the country not so long ago, and has been living a different kind of life. I don’t know how plugged in he is to doing a third one.
Well they’re directing Ghost Rider 2 right now, so they’re clearly back in the game.
Statham: We’re always in touch. We always mention the idea of, shall we do another one, I don’t know.
Have you heard about a sequel to The Expendables?
Statham: Yes I have heard about a sequel and I’d be the first to say yes to a phone call from Sly. I mean, we spoke about it as soon as the movie started to do really well and he says, you know, it would be great to do this again, and if there’s anyone who can do a good sequel it’s Sly Stallone! He’s done a fair amount. Yeah, we had a good time. It’s something I’d like to repeat.
How far out do you plan for your career? Are you thinking, I’ve got films lined up all in 2011, I’ve got four things, or are you sort of like, I take one project at a time and that’s as far as I’m going to look?
Statham: Sometimes you can get kind of chopped up with it. This is the first period in several years now that for the next few months I’m not doing anything. Normally come January the last three years, I’ve always had something in front of me. The trouble is, once you sign on to do a movie, there’s always an aspect of that, that you might miss something else, so.. The most I’ve had is a couple of movies in front of me, but now I’m just waiting for Stallone’s next film, The Expendables 2.
There’s been a lot of conjecture that, ‘it’s definitely going, that it might be going’…
Statham: It’s more than likely, yeah. I’m very positive that it will be going.
Oh, so this is what you’re waiting on.
Statham: Yes. Right now.