Dolph Lundgren discusses The Expendables
I just got off the phone with actor Dolph Lundgren, where we discussed his latest film on DVD, Direct Contact, which comes to DVD and Blu-ray on June 2, but we also talked about his role in the new Sylvester Stallone film, The Expendables. Here's what Lundgren had to say about the upcoming film.
Can you talk a little bit about The Expendables that you have coming out? Have you wrapped on that?
Dolph Lundgren: No, we're about halfway through. Most of my stuff is still left. I've done a couple of scenes and it's a pleasure working with Stallone again. He's a very experienced guy. You know, I direct myself, so I appreciate his advice because I can pass it on. Few people have more experience than him, a lead in a big action movie. I mean, how many big movies has he done in his career? Maybe 30? Big studio pictures? That was fun, so now that I get to suck up his advice and it's really fun for me. It's a pleasure. It's a really good character for me too. I'm the outcast-of-the-family sort of thing. I go back and forth between the good family and the bad guys, so there's a lot of great stuff and certainly a lot of action.
So, your character plays both sides then?
Dolph Lundgren: Yeah. I get to play both good and bad. It's a little crazy. He's a guy with a heart, and Stallone is no friend of his in the movie. He was my old buddy and we end up parting ways, it gets ugly and there's sort of a surprise. You'll see.
Lundgren also talked about another film he both starred in and directed, Command Performance, and Universal Soldiers: The Next Generation.
You talked a bit about Command Performance, and I have to say the trailer looked awesome, so I was curious if there was a release date planned for that as of yet?
Dolph Lundgren: We just finished the film now and, because it's a smaller movie - it looks big and whatnot - it needs to be screened to the distributors and we'll find out what's going to happen in the U.S. in the next couple of weeks. We'll know more in a month or two.
You also have Universal Soldiers: The Next Generation as well, so how has that work been going?
Dolph Lundgren: Well, I did a small cameo. John Hyams is the director and he's a pretty good writer. That's a really violent movie. It's a very hardcore violent movie. They have a lot of MMA guys in it, we break a few skulls. It was fun to work with (Jean-Cladue) Van Damme again and with John Hyams. I haven't seen much of the film, because I only worked on it for two weeks, but I'm sure it's going to turn out good.
Check back for my full interview with Dolph Lundgren for Direct Contact in the next few days.