It doesn’t take much beyond the title to know that the Transporter series is going to involve cars. Fast cars. Also, yes, punching, kicking, shooting and exploding – but mostly cars. So it wasn’t a complete a surprise when the studio announced that we’d be chatting with its cast inside the Audi featured in The Transporter Refueled. A better, more appropriate, backdrop for a flick about a well-suited, international ass-kicker with mad driving skills. What was a surprise, however, is that we’d be moving.
Fast. Very fast.
For five minutes, we Tokyo Drift-ed around corners with the Transporter himself, Ed Skrein, while attempting to ask snappy, relevant questions and not pass out from motion sickness. Us, a terrified mess of high-octane nerves and Skrein, a calm, consummate Brit who’s comfortable behind the wheel.
People have been waiting for a new Transporter for forever. How did it feel stepping into the Transporter’s shoes and will there be a sequel?
It always felt quite natural. I felt so relaxed even going into the auditions for Transporter. I did what I always do which is prepare intensively, work hard and take it seriously. But I was very comfortable in the shoes of Frank Martin and I feel very relaxed now! I could potentially be in for a sequel, but you never know in the industry right? You never know if it’ll turn into 20 movies, so I take every day as it comes.
What if you and Jason Stathom had a Transporter-off!? Would you like to work with Jason?
I’d love to work with him at some point if he was interested and it was right for the both of us. He’s incredible and his skills in the action field are incredibly advanced. If I work hard and train hard, I can only hope to be close to what he’s achieved.
So, to another film people are very much looking forward to – Deadpool! We talked to you on the set before, what are your thoughts on a sequel?
We’ll have to wait and see! Working with the Tim Miller was incredible. He’s a director I respect and I’m just happy to have him as a friend. He was a great director for me personally; he’s one of the directors I’ve most enjoyed working with. I feel like he got the best out of me in a lot of ways, so I’d love to work with him again whether it’s another Deadpool movie or whether it’s something else. We’ll have to wait and see. I’m just such a fan of what Ryan (Reynolds) has done with the role and I’m just so proud to have done the one movie. Again, if it turns into 20 movies, great, or if it’s just the one, I’m happy to have had the experience and the growth.
You’re clearly a fan of the X-Men world and other comic franchises, do you see yourself only as a villain or would you like to play the superhero?
Definitely, I would love to play the superhero. There’s so many superheroes that I’d love to play, man. I always looked at Thundercats. I’d love to play Panthro! He was always a really cool dude, but then there’s Lion-O!
I’ll be your Cheetara!
There you go! You could definitely play that role. Also Mumm-Ra would be cool, as well. I’m reading a comic at the moment called The Invisibles by Grant Morrison. There’s a guy called King Mob in that that I’d love to play. But you know, I’m open-minded to any script that comes along—I by no means think the industry owes me anything, like I deserve anything. So I’ll take it as it comes, you know?
Any other projects you’re excited about coming up?
I’ve got so many projects and so many scripts that I can’t even tell you about! I’m going back to my hotel after this to meet with a director for a project I’m super excited for, but I can’t tell you anything about! Sorry!
Well we’ll wait and see and we’re all very excited to see what you do next! Congratulations on everything!
Thank you so much! Congratulations on your amazing sunglasses!
Frank Martin (played by newcomer Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge.
The Transporter Refueled is directed by Camille Delamarre off a screenplay by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage & Luc Besson. Ed Skrein stars alongside Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic, Wenxia Yu, Rasha Bukvic, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Anatole Taubman, and Noemie Lenoir.
The Transporter Refueled hits theaters September 4, 2015.