December 9, 2009 by  
Filed under CineStrays

Starring: Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Columbus Short
Directed by: Nimrod Antal (“Vacancy”)
Written by: James V. Simpson (debut)

There’s not much to Nimrod Antal’s predictable heist flick “Armored” that makes for an interesting story. The film follows a team of armored truck security guards who plan to steal $42 million from their own company. Matt Dillon stars as Mike, the brains behind the plan. Columbus Short plays Ty, a rookie guard who contributes to the crime so he can take care of his troubled young brother financially. “We’re not going to let the bank take your house,” Mike tells Ty. Unoriginal enough for you? When the plan backfires, things get messy. First-time screenwriter James V. Simpson supplies a script with few surprises and little tension to a story that should have been lathered in gritty moments.

Amaury Nolasco – Armored

December 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Chaléwood, Interviews

With his role as Fernando Sucre in the TV series “Prison Break” finally behind him, actor Amaury Nolasco, 38, is focusing all of his energy on his promising film career.

Nolasco, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has proven he can hold his own over the last five years with a number of roles in action movies, including “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Street Kings” and “Transformers.”

Now he can be seen in the action movie “Armored,” which stars Matt Dillon (“Crash”) and Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix”). In the film, Nolasco plays Palmer, an armored truck security guard caught up in a $42-million heist with his coworkers.

Along with “Armored,” Nolasco just finished shooting “The Rum Diary,” a film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel of the same name.

During a phone interview with me, Nolasco talked about his roles in “Armored” and “The Rum Diary,” what he would consider the most sensitive thing about himself and what his “pact with the devil” has brought him in life.

It’s the end of the year, which usually means films vying for Oscar attention make their way into theaters. Do you see “Armored” as a nice break from all the dramas that we’ll see this month?

I’m actually proud that it’s coming out in December because it’s a really tough month. When they screen-tested “Armored,” ratings went through the roof so I think they are confident releasing it this month. It’s award season, of course, and we’re going to be getting these great movies and performances, but that’s not for everybody. There’s an audience out there that loves action-packed movies.

Tell us a bit about Palmer and what drew you to him as a character.

What drew me was how dark he is. He doesn’t say much, but his presence is there. He’s a guy that has had his encounters with the law and has spent his time in jail. He came out and found God and religion, but somehow finds himself with this proposition to steal $42 million and get away with it. It’s a dog-eat-dog movie where you see a lot of backstabbing and people picking sides.

We see you in a lot of manly roles in TV and film. What would you say is the most sensitive thing about you?

That’s a very good question. What am I sensitive about? I love kids – especially kids with disabilities. I haven’t had a chance to explore a role where I can show my sensitive side. Right now I am getting these manly roles, and you take those until other opportunities come up. Hopefully soon I can show a different range. I actually just finished a movie [“The Rum Diary”] with Johnny Depp. It’s a completely different movie [from what] I’m used to.

Tell us about your character in “Rum Diary.”

I play a guy named Segurra. He’s a suck-up who has money and is basically a shark. He’s one of those guys you don’t want next to you because he’ll suck your blood out.

Was this the first time you shot a film in your home country of Puerto Rico?

Yes, it was a beautiful experience. I left Puerto Rico 14 years ago to start a dream. To come back as a prodigal son with a movie of that caliber really gave me pride. The whole country embraced me. I was in the newspapers everyday next to Johnny Depp. (Laughs) That’s not a bad name to be mentioned with.

Your birthday is in a couple of weeks; you’ll turn 39 and then there will be one more year until the big 40. Is 40 a scary number for you or is it just another year?

(Laughs) Yeah, I got a whole year to think about it. If you were to ask me this question 20 years ago, I would have freaked out. At 20, I was thinking, in the next decade I’m going to have to get married and do all this stuff. But now, I’m not married, but I am in a serious relationship. I still have a lot of things I want to do and places I want to see. So, it’s all just an age. I still feel very young at heart. I don’t look my age because I have a pact with the devil. Life is how you live it. I try to live mine to the fullest.

Amaury Nolasco – Prison Break

July 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Chaléwood, Interviews

After four seasons as the character Fernando Sucre on the international hit show “Prison Break,” actor Amaury Nolasco is ready to move on with his career. Well, almost.

Nolasco, who is of Puerto Rican descent, will play Sucre once more in the TV movie “Prison Break: The Final Break,” which will air July 21 on Fox. The movie will also be released that same day on DVD and Blu-ray.

If you’re a “Prison Break” fan who saw the series finale in May, then you know Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), the main protagonist on the show, met his fate in the final episode. “Prison Break: The Final Break” is set up to fill in the four years leading up to Michael’s death, which are not explained in the finale.

During an interview with me, Nolasco, 38, talked about what he’s heard from fans since “Prison Break” ended in May and why he thinks his character was spared by writers for the entire series.

It’s been two months since the show’s final episode. I’ve read that some fans are angry that Michael was killed off. Can you give me an example of something you’ve heard about the series finale from a satisfied fan and something you’ve heard from an angry fan?

A lot of people have told me that they cried. It was an emotional ending. You always have a fear that fans are going to say, “What the fuck? That’s not the way we wanted it to end!” I think there were angry fans because those fans didn’t want the show to end. I don’t think they were angry at the way it ended. I think they just wanted it to keep going, which is always very flattering.

Have you seen the petition online? Fans are already petitioning for Fox to bring the show back.

Shut up! Really? (Laughs) I doubt we’ll come back. The show really had to come to an end. When do you say enough is enough? How many prisons are we going to escape from? I would love to tell you, “Yeah, let’s go for another year. Let’s get another check,” but when it starts becoming about the money it’s not fun anymore. This was a show that was groundbreaking. It was a show that kept reinventing itself. It’s a show that I will always be proud of.

Was “Prison Break: The Final Break” always something producers had in mind?

They always had it in mind to do this special just to explain what happened. It’s funny because I always hear people say that “Prison Break” got cancelled. We didn’t get cancelled. The show came to an end. It was going to come to an end no matter what.

All this time we’ve been watching Sucre and hoping he would someday reunite with his girlfriend. Now, it’s finally happened. Why do you think your character was spared by the writers after four seasons?

I ask myself that question everyday. I got stabbed. I got shot. I got beat up by men and women. But there was always this bond between Michael and Sucre that people fell in love with. It was this brotherhood that they had. Sucre was one of those characters that you wanted to root for. I honestly am very blessed that they writers saw what the fans wanted. They spared me. They kept me all the way to the end. It was a beautiful life that came full circle.

You must have brought in breakfast to all the writers at the start of every season just to make sure you’re character was going to be okay.

(Laughs) Yeah, I was bribing them! And cleaning their cars! I was running their errands and brownnosing. (Laughs) Nah, it was something that came from the heart. Remember, Sucre was always the one coming up with the comic relief. He was someone that people fell in love with.

Well, I read they’re going to make a video game version of the show. So, I guess that might be the only way your character will die.

(Laughs) Yeah, but the good thing about that is you can turn the game on and off and start all over again.