INT: Vinnie Jones
Vinnie Jones is
the "go to" actor anytime you need a tough guy who can
also act. His work in such
films as LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, SNATCH, X-MEN: THE
LAST STAND and don’t forget
I got the chance to talk with him recently at the Wizard World Convention and we talked about the tough guy image. He is exactly what you would expect from him. He has a very dark sense of humor and the tough guy thing really is him. He spoke of his work THE CONDEMNED and also his work on X-MEN. He is now currently working again with Lionsgate for THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, a horror flick with Brooke Shields and Bradley Cooper. It seems this may be a genre he may continue to live in.
prior work in “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and
“Snatch” you created a ‘bad guy’ image. What was it
like taking on this role in “The Condemned”? What
fascinated you with the script?
Well, first of
all I thought the script was too violent. When I first met Scott
[Wiper], we met in
fit for me – he was brilliant. What I didn’t know was the
McStarley was written for a British guy and they changed it to an
American or something. But then Scott decided to go back to
that idea and we went on and nailed it. It was a great role
for me. I enjoyed doing it. It was also Steve [
What was it
like working in that location?
brilliant. Steve loved it more than anyone. He’d stay
in the woods in the trailers. He didn’t even come back to
difference for you between bigger budget films and something like
movies go too big, you’re working on a set with people who you may
be working with for four or five months and you don’t even say
“hello” to them. You don’t have a drink with them.
You might just nod your head at them. On this we all live
together on the Gold Coast in
“X-Men”, how did you get involved?
I just got asked
to meet the producers, really. Because when I saw the drawing
of Juggernaut it was as if they’d drawn me in the suit. So I
went along and basically shook hands and got the part.
Had you been
a fan of the series before?
I do like
science fiction movies. I like “Superman”. I loved
“Robocop”. The “Bionic Man” back in the 70’s I
loved. I loved all them movies. I would love to
have some them powers. It would make life a lot easier.
next for you?
I’m doing a
horror film called “The Midnight Meat Train”. The first day of
[shooting] is tomorrow. [It
also stars] Brooke Shields and Bradley Cooper. I play a serial
killer on the underground. [Bradley plays] an up and coming
photographer and he keeps seeing me doing these killings and he has
to get to a point where does he stop taking the pictures and when
does he call it in. There’s a big twist at the end.
It’s a real horror, horror movie. It’s gruesome.
Are you a fan
of horror in general?
general really because my wife won’t watch them. Because of
research I’ve been watching a lot of these movies. Rick
Hoffman was in “Hostel” and I’ve been watching that. I
don’t know how they get away with some of these horror movies.
Jesus! Adding the gore and the special effects stuff that we’ve
got, I mean, I’ve got contact lenses which I wear that are oozing
out blood. It is incredible what they can do now, but they are
really using technology as gruesome as they can. I skin two
people on the train. I hook them up by their Achilles
[tendons] and actually skin them. That’s just to give
you a little taste of it.
hounds are going to love it. I take it we’re looking at an
R-rating for that one?
I don’t know
how they get away with it honestly.
you wife doesn’t watch horror movies. So what do you say
when you go home [and talk about your day]? Oh, I just skinned
a couple of people today?
Even when I
watch it I have to keep telling myself, it’s only prosthetics or
this or that, because it really is on your plate, isn’t it?
release date are they looking at for that film?
I don’t know,
probably the end of summer or Halloween.
What are your
expectations for “The Condemned”?
I think it’s
going to go through the roof. This movie tested 82 [with test
audiences]. “Die Hard” didn’t even test at 82. Anything
that tests over 50 is good, and anything that tests over 60 is
unbelievable. When you start getting into 70’s and 80’s
– forget about it. And this tested 82. The biggest
response was with women, because there is a story there about Steve
and his family. There are two stories there. There is
the island, but there is also Steve and his family in Texas.
Condemned” was a blast, which is what any action film should be.
You are doing a lot of action genre films. Is that what you
It’s what I get offered. I’m an old-fashion minded person in a lot of ways, and I think for John Wayne to do anything a part from be a cowboy is wrong. People want him to be John Wayne, the cowboy, and do a hundred films like that because that what we want. And I think what fans expect from people. You get your fan base from what they like you doing, and I think you should be true to your fans. I did a great movie about the IRA and it was one of my best performances, but people were a bit disappointed because we wanted to see Vinnie killing people. If that’s what they, that’s want you got to give them. You got to be true to the fans.
After this I think it will get me up the ladder a bit more because this will be the second feature I’ve done with Lionsgate. And Jason Statham, more power to him, he’s doing the same there. You’ve got to get producers to trust that you can get the people in the doors and pay the money to see the movies that they want you to see. I think that’s a rule. I think Steve should stay on this road, [he] can’t stop. Vin Diesel has changed tactics. The Rock has changed tactics. I think they might get a big payday on the Monday, but they’ll fizzle out as actors by the Friday.
don’t know is that they might think, oh yeah there’s a big
payday but these boys don’t need that money. Steve is very
fan conscious. I think he’ll stay at what he’s good at and
his fans want. I feel that a lot actors they cheat their fans
because they take away [what the fans want]. These guys
shouldn’t be doing comedy, they should be [doing action movies]
because that’s what the fans want. When guys like The Rock
and Vin Diesel learn from what they’ve done and they switch
tactics, it’s very hard to come back from that. I think
Stone Cold will be true to his fans. That’s the vibe I got
all through the movie. He’s a great guy.
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