Luke Goss talks about returning as Carl "Luke" Lucas in Death Race 3: Inferno, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD January 22
10 years ago, the thought of a straight-to-DVD franchise would have probably gotten you laughed out of any meeting in Hollywood. Today, modest theatrical hits such as Wrong Turn, The Scorpion King, and even The Lost Boys have been given new life. The 2008 action-thriller Death Race is another one of these success stories, spawning Death Race 2 in 2011 and the upcoming Death Race 3: Inferno, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD January 22. I recently had the chance to speak with Luke Goss, who returns as Carl "Luke" Lucas (aka Frankenstein), reprising his role from Death Race 2. Take a look at what he had to say about taking another deadly ride as Luke.
This is your second time around as Carl Lucas. Are you continually exploring new aspects of the character each time around? Are there things you developed about him that you didn't know going into Death Race 2?
Luke Goss: You have to explore with any character, but with capable characters, whether it be Prince Nuada, Nomak or Carl Lucas I always search for their weakness, the chink in their armor. In Death Race 3 finding his weakness, loading him with all the information that we had from Death Race 2 and the time that we weren't with him, proved to be an asset for the inevitable outcome of the story. I wanted to make him a little bit larger than life and more stoic, I think it worked.
Can you talk about how the level of action has evolved between Death Race 2 and Death Race 3? Are there any real landmark moments that you're excited for the fans to see?
Luke Goss: The action in 3 is not even comparable to 2, it's leaps and bounds ahead of it. The action is there and part of the story, not just for the sake of it. There is a reveal and a wrap-up at the end of this movie that is just fantastic.
I believe the last movie was shot in South Africa, but this one is both shot in and set in South Africa as well. Was it fun to explore more of the country as is, instead of doubling it for another location?
Luke Goss: That's a great question and so relevant to how the movie turned out. This for me is the best Death Race so far, I think that's because we were in an environment that actually was extreme. The world created both above and below ground is the most visually exciting and authentic we've seen in the Death Race franchise so far. Using that amazing country as a backdrop really benefited the movie.
Luke Goss: And lets not forget Dougray Scott. The thing about the cast members you mention is that they are all great actors. In an action movie its important to have authentic characters so that you can buy into the story. Working with specifically Ving and Danny, they have become friends of mine, so my day starts with them saying, 'morning Homez,' 'morning My Brotha.' I'll leave it up to you to figure out who's who. Having family in film, it doesn't get better then that!
Is there anything you can say about future projects like Dead Drop and the TV series Red Widow? Are you expecting to return as Luke in Death Race 4 as well?
Luke Goss:Dead Drop, what can I say other than it's one of my favorite movies I've made so far. Although it's not out until 2013 it did so well at the AFM this year, Dead Drop 2 is already being written. Red Widow, written by Melissa Rosenberg of Twilight fame, is a hard hitting mob drama, I'm so proud to be a part of it. Death Race 4? You know what, at the beginning of Death Race 3 I felt it should be my last one, but seeing how well it turned out, If the fans respond to it and there was a great screenplay, I would definitely think about it.