I've always been a fan of Charles Bronson and Stallone
By Tejas Rane
Jason Statham, the lean and mean killing machine, returns as Lee Christmas in the blockbuster sequel ‘The Expendables 2’. in.com had the chance to interview the star, where he talks about the movie and how he would consider a Bollywood role, if it were the right for him. Here are excerpts from the interview...
How will Expendables 2 be different from the first part?
The change in this one is that in the first movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis just had a cameo. They just had to be on set for one day. Now they have a real part in the movie. I think there’s a big difference there, because now it’s not just a couple of cameos but this is now a big movie with three of the greatest action heroes who have ever lived.
Does Lee Christmas get meaner in this part?
Lee Christmas is still the film’s knife-wielding killing machine who wears his heart on his sleeve. We already establish what my character was and it’s easy to come back and do the same sort of person because the situation doesn’t change. It’s just putting yourself under a new set of circumstances and a new storyline but the same person. I’m still battling things like should I get married, do I trust, that kind of stuff.
You have worked in so many action movies including the The Transporter series. How has the experience of working in the Expendables different from the others?
It’s amazing to see such a line up of stars. These are people I’ve admired for decades, ever since I saw the first Rocky years ago. They are all equals in their own right, they’ve got such a massive, great work. Just to be there on set, it feels great.
Who’s your favourite action hero?
I’ve always been a fan of Charles Bronson and Stallone.
Would you accept any offers from Bollywood, if approached? How would you rate Bollywood cinema?
Bollywood! What is most important is the director and the script and the story. I’m not just going to hop on a plane and go anywhere, even Hollywood. I wouldn’t turn up to do a job just because it was here. The glove has to fit the hand. So, yes, I would never turn my nose up at anything. There are so many talented people in all the countries all around the world, so I’m always open. Making movies are great no matter where you are.
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