At the movies

Jason Statham talks ‘Homefront’

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20:  Actor Jason Statham arrives at the Las Vegas premiere of Open Road Films'"Homefront" at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 20, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The movie opens nationwide in the United States on November 27.  (Photo by Sam Morris/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Jason Statham arrives at the Las Vegas premiere of Open Road Films'"Homefront" at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 20, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The movie opens nationwide in the United States on November 27. (Photo by Sam Morris/Getty Images)
Sam Morris / Getty Images

Jason Statham’s back doing what he does best: kicking butt and taking names in Homefront, out Wednesday.

Instead of the one-man wrecking crew the Brit has played in movies like The Transporter, The Expendables and Parker, Statham is Phil Broker, a single dad (and ex DEA agent) fighting to protect his daughter from backwoods meth addicts — played by (believe it) James Franco, Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder.

We talked to the 46-year-old action star from the Delano Hotel about the film, coproduced by buddy/ Expendables costar Sylvester Stallone, who also wrote the screenplay.

How did you first get involved in this project?

I’ve made a few movies with Sly and we’ve got a lot of time on our hands, ya know [laughs]. He had this great movie that he’d written years ago for himself. Believe it or not, he was going to make it into a Rambo. But it went on the back burner. I loved it — it had the action, pulled on the heart strings. All the characters were interesting and cool. There was quality there.

How involved was Sly during filming?

He was an integral part all the way through. He gave me some of the best encouragement I’d ever have, making me understand who [Phil] was. Sly just loves what he does and feels passionate about things being correct. He came to all the rehearsals. He’s a specimen: the amount of dedication and work and sacrifice in being and looking that good, it’s superb and really motivating. You just think, ‘Get off your arse!’ There are no excuses.

Do you guys ever work out together?

We’ve been in the same gym at the same time. But we don’t go [imitating Sly], ‘Hey, give me two more pullups!’ We try to keep a decent relationship. He looks a lot stronger than me.

How was the chemistry with the other actors?

James Franco brings a large element of [horror]. He’s such an interesting actor. He’s so good at what he does. He has all these kind of gifts. He really raised the bar. I thought Kate Bosworth really blew the part away. I never saw that coming. Such a contrast of what she really is.

How fit did you have to get for the role? Did you get injured at all in any of the fight scenes?

You know, I’ve done it for so many years. I know what these parts require. I tend to focus a lot more before we go in. I try to miss rather than connect. If you’ve done a good job, it looks as if you’ve actually hit each other. Though there is a real safety issues with guns. The hand-to-hand stuff is usually quite safe. Basically, the adrenaline is pumping through the veins and muscles react a little quicker, and people do get whacked. Not when I’m around but...

If this movie does well, do you think there will be a “Homefront 2?”

Sequels are always a good thing. I’m in part seven of the Fast and Furious franchise now and just wrapped Expendables 3 over in Bulgaria. If these things work, they just keep going on and on and on.

You filmed “The Transporter 2” in Miami. How was that experience?

I have very fond memories. I stayed in the Shore Club. I’m not sure if that was a good idea. We used to go out to this place Mynt, then hit a little kebob shop downstairs. It’s brilliant, I love it down here. People are chilled out and the party goes on.

Madeleine Marr

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop

    NEW YORK (AP) – Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop.

Tim Gunn attends the 13th annual New York Restoration Project Annual Spring Picnic at General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014 in New York City.

    Celebrity birthdays on July 29

    Actor Professor Irwin Corey (“Car Wash”) is 100! Actor Robert Horton (“Wagon Train”) is 90. Actor David Warner (“Titanic”) is 73. Singer-bassist Geddy Lee of Rush is 61. Filmmaker Ken Burns is 61. TV personality Tim Gunn is 61. Singer Patti Scialfa with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is 61. Country singer Martina McBride is 48. Actor Wil Wheaton is 42. Actor Stephen Dorff is 41. Actor Josh Radnor is 40.

Michael Franit

    In concert

    Michael Franti & Spearhead bring Soulshine Tour to Boca Raton

    Usually, when lead singers of rock bands shout to the crowd “Are you feeling good?!” they don’t mean it in a holistic or spiritual way. But that might change at the Soulshine Tour Featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, which hits Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton on Tuesday.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category