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THE MOVIE: Crank

THE STARS:
Jason Statham • Amy Smart
DIRECTORS: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor

THE CONCEPT:
Chev Chelios (Statham) is a hit man who has been poisoned, and who literally must keep moving to stay alive long enough to find an antidote and save his girlfriend Eve (Smart) from danger.

U.S. RELEASE: September 1 2006, Nationwide
• Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

BRIAN TAYLOR:
“Our approach to the Crank script was sort of ADD writing, where we just said, ‘We want to keep ourselves entertained and interested from scene to scene. If we get bored, the people watching will get bored.’ So we just continually tried to surprise ourselves through the movie.”

JASON STATHAM:
“When I first read the script I said, ‘There’s no way they are going to shoot this, it’s too crazy. Who are these guys? First-time directors? You need someone with experience to be able to handle something as wacky as this is. Then they told me about Mark’s technique of shooting on roller blades, and I was sold. I wanted to do justice to their vision.”

MARK NEVELDINE:
“We were looking for an LA guy to star in the movie because this was an LA story. One of our producers said, ‘What do you think of Jason Statham?’ We thought, ‘That’s interesting,’ but we had to wrap our heads around the [British] accent. He’s got a great presence. We were looking for a modern equivalent of a Steve McQueen or Roy Scheider, the guys who were convincingly tough, and a lot of the American actors that were brought to the table were soft, so we had to go 6,000 miles to get the guy who could pull it off.”

AMY SMART on Eve’s relationship with Chev:
“I think they are the ‘opposites attract’ type of relationship, where she is drawn to his dangerous, mysterious, tough guy who’s really sweet on the inside. And it’s the reverse for Chev in that he’s attracted to her because she’s softer and holds a safe space for him to come to where he can get away from his crazy life. She’s also under the assumption that he’s a video game programmer and not a hit man. But when she does find out, there’s such a strong connection that it almost becomes exciting for her.”

NEVELDINE:
“When Jason read the script he loved it and he wanted to get away from some of the CG wirework that he was doing before, he wanted to go back to this ‘70s style of film-making like Mad Max, he wanted to do all of his own stunts and keep it real. There wasn’t anything we asked him to do that he said no to.”

STATHAM on hanging from a helicopter for a fight sequence:
“We didn’t have the luxury of millions of dollars to shoot a worthy green screen sequence. We had already shot three to four weeks of great stuff, so it just felt right to do it. We decided we were going to shoot everything through the camera and do something that most movie-makers don’t do. It was very scary, but I’m very pleased I did it and I can remember it was quite fun at the time.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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