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Simon West Talks Statham’s ‘Wild Card’


After The Expendables 3, Jason Statham‘s next movie will be the crime thriller Wild Card, previously known as ‘Heat’.  The film will be released November 27th and is directed by The Expendables 2′s Simon West.  The film will also be R-rated for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.

West has this week spoken more of the movie.

“It was a formidable thing, there are pages and pages of dialogue – it’s a drama really. It’s not an action film really, it’s a character piece. Jason is the lead in every scene and he has huge dialogue scenes. I knew he was passionate about it, but was like “Are you happy with all this dialogue stuff” and he said “Yes, yes. I love it. I want to do it”.

So I turned up on the first day not knowing what it was going to turn out like. Especially after The Mechanic where he only has five lines in the whole film! That character has no dialogue. But we turned up on the first day and he knew every word by heart and was amazing. So, Wild Card, I think will surprise a lot of people – it’s a very strong dramatic piece by him.”

Statham will star alongside Milo Ventimiglia and Anne Heche as a recovering gambling addict who takes a job offering protection to his friends.  It was written by William Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for the original 1986 movie.  Aside from that though, the movie was screened earlier this year and according to (only  one) report, it wasn’t a very good movie.


  1. Mucho Macho

    August 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Underrated Jason Statham movie:
    > Safe Homefront< too damn it ( true, james franco could have been scarier but still, cool movie )

    • Dino Bambino

      August 1, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Safe, personally, is Statham’s best shot, acted, and best looking R-Rated movie to date. Its quality is that of the closing phase of the Golden Action Era (1980-1993), after which only droplets of high-budget class, like Mercury Rising, were still being released.

      Homefront is another one. More of an action-thriller, but fucking manly. F-bombs and violence all over, with a high budget.

      OT: West and Jason seem to work well together. I like the signature filters and lenses he uses; he makes movies look rusty and stylized like old action movies – evident in EX2 and The Mechanic.

  2. Mucho Macho

    August 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Good to see Safe get some Love..
    Its so underrated..
    Good tastes Dino..
    I actually wrote more about it but when i posted the comment it cut it in half