I haven’t received a copy of the movie, so I’ve no idea whether it’s any good or not, but if it’s anything like the original – which was a fun, hammy, action-packed B-movie in A-movie clothing – then the new direct-to-disc “Scorpion King” sequel is bound to be worth a look.
I had a chance to chat, albeit briefly, to actor Michael Copon – who inherits the part previously occupied by Dwayne â€˜The Rock’ Johnson – the star of the film. Here’s the result of that natter.
Michael, tell me about the audition process?
Well, I went to audition once but had to come back to show the “rougher” side to me and that I can play a warrior in the film.
And I take it you were a fan of the original movie?
I did like it a lot, yeah. I love any type of epic film – and of course â€˜The Rock’ was my favourite wrestler.
How does your film differ from The Rock’s film?
Our film is a little darker as opposed to the earlier one – which was more comical. Russell [Mulcahy, the director] and I agreed it would be best if we went deeper inside the character, and had more depth. But we also kept it light and on the surface from time to time.
Did you have to train for the film?
I trained for two weeks prior to shooting the film and would wake up at 4am just to go work out every morning. I was trying to get as big as possible while maintaining low body fat.
Why do you think direct-to-video sequels/prequels are so popular right now?
Because if people saw the first one and loved it… they kind of know what to already expect for the next… there’s less to promote because they’re already familiar with the basic storyline.
Randy Couture. How was he to work with?
Nice and Quiet. Very calm demeanor off-set. Smart and Polite as well – which is weird considering the first time I saw him I thought he was gonna eat me for dinner!
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.