Jason Statham Talks PARKER, CRANK 3, HEAT, HOMEFRONT, HUMMINGBIRD, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Taylor Hackford’s (Ray) Parker.  Based on the novel Flashfire by Donald E. Westlake (published under the pseudonym Richard Stark) the crime thriller stars Jason Statham as the title character, a professional thief with a strict personal code of ethics.  Parker doesn’t steal from people who can’t afford it, he doesn’t hurt people who don’t deserve it, and if you break his rules he will hunt you down and make you pay.  When his team double crosses him on the job and leaves him for dead he tracks them to Palm Beach with a mission for vengeance.  The film also stars Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte, Clifton Collins, Wendell Pierce and Micah Hauptman.

During the recent Los Angeles press day I got to talk with Statham.  He talked about Hackford’s approach to the action genre, what it took to pull off the stunts, what kind of movie he’d like to make in the future, stepping into the role of producer on Heat, whether he’ll ever direct a film, and more.  In addition, we got updates on Crank 3, Homeland and Hummingbird.  Check out the full interview after the jump.

Jason Statham Talks THE EXPENDABLES 2, THE EXPENDABLES 3 and CRANK 3

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Simon West‘s The Expendables 2 opens this weekend, and the film has Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his gang of mercenaries out for revenge while also having to deal with a baddie (Jean-Claude Van Damme) who wants some weapons-grade plutonium.  I was very disappointed with the first film, but the sequel is a blast.  I think one of the big problems with the original was the lack of a great antagonist.  You can’t have all these huge action stars fighting a no-name actor in the middle of nowhere.  But by bringing in Van Damme (who is one of the best parts of the sequel), the fight scenes are a lot more fun.  The Expendables 2 also stars Jason Statham, Yu Nan, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Jason Statham.  We talked about how he prepared for the sequel, filming in Bulgaria, who would he like to see in The Expendables 3, and what’s the status of Crank 3.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jason Statham on the Possibility of CRANK 3 and the Status of THE EXPENDABLES 2

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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:

CRANK: High Voltage DVD Review

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Crank: High Voltage is a movie with a limited target audience. It is not for those who go to the theaters to make out with their dates. It is not for those who pop in a DVD to relax after a hard day’s labor. It is not for small children, those with heart conditions, or women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. And frankly, it’s vile enough that I would not be at all surprised to discover it were carcinogenic. But, like a pack of Marlboro Reds, it is not something without a certain charm and appeal. More after the jump:

Exclusive Interview: Writer/Director’s Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor GAMER

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If you read Collider, you know how I feel about Neveldine/Taylor’s movies. As the writer-director’s behind “Crank” and “Crank: High Voltage”, I think these two are absolutely pushing the boundaries of mainstream movies and I love it. So it gives me great pleasure to say they have a new movie opening tomorrow called “Gamer”. Like there two previous films, it’s loaded with action and total mayhem. But while “Crank” had Jason Statham as the lead, “Gamer” has Gerard Butler, and it’s his first full on action movie since “300″!

Anyway, to help promote the film, I was able to sit down with Mark and Brian (Neveldine/Taylor) to talk about making “Gamer” and a lot more. During our conversation they revealed Gerard Butler was almost the lead in “Crank”, “Gamer” has 1000 effects shots, they only had $1 million dollars for effects in “Gamer”! They also talked about what’s on the “Gamer” Blu-ray, what they are currently working on, and a lot more. It’s a great interview so take a look!

CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE Blu-ray Review

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Crank caught a lot of people by surprise, including me. I was not sure what to expect from the Lionsgate film, which arrived with little publicity, and didn’t seem to get too much press beforehand. The film was a combination of the film D.O.A. and Grand Theft Auto, with Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) trying to avenge his own death, only keeping himself alive by stimulating his adrenal gland. But keeping high on life is a moment to moment struggle, so the film keeps raising the stakes. My Review of Crank 2 after the jump.

Exclusive: Chris Bridges Video Interview GAMER

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While Chris Bridges is known the world over as Ludacris, he’s slowly using his real name to transition into Hollywood as he’s appeared in a number of movies like “RocknRolla”, “Max Payne”, “Fred Claus” and the new Neveldine/Taylor movie “Gamer”. If you’ve seen “Crank” and “Crank: High Voltage”, this is their new film. Anyway, Chris promoted “Gamer” at this year’s Comic-Con and now that the movie is about to get released, we’re clear to post it. So watch what he had to say after the jump:

Exclusive: Terry Crews Video Interview GAMER and THE EXPENDABLES

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Terry Crews has made a lot of movies. But according to this former NFL player, what he had to do in Neveldine/Taylor’s “Gamer” was the most challenging yet. That’s because the crazy filmmakers behind “Crank” and “Crank: High Volatge” made Terry do a stunt that had him crashing into a real wall with almost no protection. Even the stunts guys told him not to do it. But that’s why I can’t wait to see “Gamer” this weekend…crazy stunts that aren’t repeated anywhere else. Also, since Terry also just wrapped on Stallone’s “Expendables”, he gave me an update on that movie and what it was like to be on that set. It’s all after the jump so take a look:

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