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November 4th, 2014   JStatham.com Team   12 Comments  

Alan Simmons from Live For Films interviewed director Simon West back in July, who directed Jason Statham in “The Expendables 2” and “The Mechanic.” They reunited for “Wild Card” and the director gave some great insight into our favorite Brit’s upcoming new role.

Simon West: This is a project that Jason has owned himself for years, maybe over five years. He showed it to me once when we were doing Mechanic, but I was off doing something else, but then he showed it to me again after Expendables 2 and I got into it, because of the writing really. William Goldman is a hero of mine.

I actually worked with him on General’s Daughter. He did plot hole work on the script. So this was a chance to work with him on a whole script – not just a polish on a script. It was a formidable thing, there are pages and pages of dialogue – it’s a drama really. It’s not an action film really, it’s a character piece. Jason is the lead in every scene and he has huge dialogue scenes. I knew he was passionate about it, but was like “Are you happy with all this dialogue stuff” and he said “Yes, yes. I love it. I want to do it”.

So I turned up on the first day not knowing what it was going to turn out like. Especially after The Mechanic where he only has five lines in the whole film! That character has no dialogue. But we turned up on the first day and he knew every word by heart and was amazing. So, Wild Card, I think will surprise a lot of people – it’s a very strong dramatic piece by him. There are, of course, also two or three fights! I think some of his best fights ever are in it. They’re very realistic and we spent a lot of time on them, so they’re very detailed and very well executed I think. But it’s a great performance, and he’s surrounded by some very cool actors: Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara… he’s in a proper actor’s environment and he really stepped up. I was amazed. I think this is just the beginning for him, I think you’ll see a lot more dramatic stuff from him.

How fantastic does that sound? It goes without saying that we love to watch Jason get physical in front of the camera and show off his breathtaking fighting skills, but to see him in something more dramatic like “Blitz” or “Redemption” where his acting is front and center is even a bigger treat. So a big YES to more dramatic roles for our action hero who is capable of so much more.





  • Merida Merida
    Posted on November 04, 2014

    I think i have to change my mind about dramatic movies,this one sounds terrific.I love how committed Jason is about this role and how confident that he can do it!And i am 100% sure he is going to deliver a terrific job as always.

  • JStatham.com Team
    Posted on November 04, 2014

    Oh yes, definitely. Don’t be so focused on the genre drama and give it a chance, girl. It sounds just awesome what Simon West has to say about the film and Jason’s role in it. We are sure you’ll love it whether it’s drama or not.

  • Merida Merida
    Posted on November 05, 2014

    You are right.I will def give it a try and Jason is the one who can convince me to do so.

  • JStatham.com Team
    Posted on November 05, 2014

    Of course we are. We already know that Jason will blow us away with yet another emotional performance just like he did in “Redemption.” We couldn’t be happier that he was given another chance for a dramatic role.

  • Merida Merida
    Posted on November 05, 2014

    Redemption is the proof he can do it yes.Maybe this movie will give him the credits he deserves as an actor.

  • JStatham.com Team
    Posted on November 05, 2014

    “Redemption” as well as “Blitz” and “The Bank Job.” That’s what we are here for, Jason’s fans, to support him as an actor and show the world that he can do so much more than Hollywood or the media dictates.

  • Pat Stock
    Posted on November 04, 2014

    I have the original with Burt Reynolds. Anxious to see what he does with it.

  • JStatham.com Team
    Posted on November 04, 2014

    You do? It would be actually a good idea to check out the original film beforehand to have a knowledge of what it’s based on. Can’t wait to watch the version with our Jason though. The more drama scenes for him, the better.

  • Iman
    Posted on November 05, 2014

    It’s so awesome!I enjoyed reading it and got super excited for what it’s going to be especially because of those over the top,breathtaking and particular fight scenes the globe has ever seen.I’m in love and dying to see one of the most breathtaking,epic and realistic fight scenes of all time from Jason who has a great,modernistic fighting style.And I have no doubt that this is going to be an epic and promising movie cause a drama,thriller with Jason in it who as always is at his best looks totally fresh to me with this blended genre like his previous movies “Blitz”,”Hummingbird”,”Homefront” with lots of heart and his upcoming movie “Spy”. And I wish he would get recognized work with brilliant directors like Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.Wow,imagine what they can create with each other!I’m happy that he has worked with such good actors in this movie.And the director of the movie was right that this is the beginning for him.Imagine how fantastic his career is going to be in the future.By the way thank you for this great news.

  • JStatham.com Team
    Posted on November 05, 2014

    We hear you, Iman. It is so good to finally learn more about the film and Jason’s role because we did think it would be an action film where Jason’s character wouldn’t be much explored, but to learn all this new information about it gets us SO much more excited. You are so right, the way Jason moves is beautiful and it’s pure joy to watch. He has his very own style and that’s why his films are always so captivating. He was brilliant in “Blitz” and “Hummingbird,” and he finally gets another chance to show his more dramatic side in “Wild Card.” We are already sold Hehe. You are so right when it comes to big name directors like Spielberg or Tarantino. One of our favorite directors is Ridley Scott and having him work together with Jason would be absolutely fantastic. They could create something mind-blowing together and we believe in our Jason that one day he will get this opportunity. We’ll always have Jason’s back! And it’s our pleasure to share this news with all his other fans.

  • Iman
    Posted on November 12, 2014

    There is a US release date for “Wild Card” on IMDB at last!

  • JStatham.com Team
    Posted on November 12, 2014

    Thanks for the heads up, Iman, but we think that’s most likely incorrect. Since Jason is filming “Mechanic 2” right now, he won’t be having time to promote the film so we’ll wait until one of our reliable sources confirms it.

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