Today, the new action crime thriller Ca$h opens in a limited market. The movie stars Sean Bean (Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief), who recently signed on to star in the Death Race prequel, and Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Red Dawn); it was written and directed by Stephen Milburn Anderson (South Central). I had a chance recently to talk with Anderson regarding his thoughts on Ca$h, the lead actors and his upcoming projects.
A stroke of good luck turns lethal for Sam Phelan and his wife Leslie when they are faced with a life-changing decision that brings strange and sinister Pyke Kubic to their doorstep. As Pyke leads Sam and Leslie on a tumultuous adventure through the streets of Chicago, each are pulled deeper and deeper into a desperate spiral of deception and violence... All in the name of money.
SR: What did you think of Sean Bean’s and Chris Hemsworth’s performance in Cash?
SMA: I’ll tell you what, Chris Hemsworth and Sean Bean together are really phenomenal. I was thoroughly impressed and I loved working with both of those guys. They are very, very good and together they are really dynamic, ‘cause they are both really good looking men, they are both very good actors. Sean Bean is a brilliant actor in my opinion.
SR: And Bean’s been around for awhile.
SMA: Yeah he’s been around for awhile and I tell you, I think he’s about to break through. It’s like for a long time you didn’t know the name Anthony Hopkins, you knew the face and you’d see him in these movies and think “Man this guy’s good”. But then there was one movie that came along, I think it was “Silence of the Lambs” that made him a name along with the face and I think Sean Bean is right there. A lot of people know what he looks like and know who he is from the various movies he’s been in. He’s really a good actor, every role he plays is really brilliant. I think the day is going to come soon, maybe it’s this movie he’s releasing Lightning, maybe it’s our movie Cash. I would love to have that happen.
He plays a great bad guy don’t you think?
SR: Yeah, he’s able to take the bad guy role and give him some heart so that you actually care about him. As opposed to just absolutely hate him. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do playing the same character two different ways.
SMA: In this movie he’s not just a bad guy. You have a really hard figuring out if you should like this guy or dislike this guy because we portray him as up-straight, honest and he has a code. His code happens to be outside the law but it’s a very fine line whether he’s bad guy or just a guy. I just couldn’t be happier with the performance he turned in.
SR: This was Chris’ [Hemsworth] first American movie was it not?
SMA: Yeah, he had been in the United States exactly 6 weeks when we found and cast him.
SR: With a seasoned veteran like Bean and a new guy like Hemsworth working together, was there a lot of Sean helping Chris or was he able to walk on set and hold his own?
SMA: I’ll tell you something interesting about that. Chris is a young man and is no were near as accomplished as Sean Bean just strictly from the number of years they’ve been on the planet. However, Chris was an accomplished actor, he has a lot of experience in television, I don’t think he had done any film. What he did do, when he started working with Sean, I watched him pay strict attention during the course of the shoot and watched Chris Hemsworth learn an amazing amount of stuff from Sean Bean. I’m very impressed with that young man.