Lundgren talks Universal Soldier 3!
13 November, 2008 Author: Clint Morris
Seems Dolph Lundgren might be a part of "Universal Soldier 3" after all.
A couple of weeks ago Jean Claude Van Damme, set to star in the second sequel to Roland Emmerich's 1992 hit (if only because he owes Moshe Diamant one after dropping out of "The Smashing Machine"), told MTV that he'd asked the producers to re recruit Lundgren - his co-star in the original - for the new film. According to the Time Cop, they weren't interested in bringing his beefy blond sidekick back for another round.
Lundgren - who I personally believe is one of the most underrated action stars out there, not to mention one of the most intelligent of them all; his next film "Command Performance" actually sounds Blu-Ray worthy! - says it's not true that producers nixed the idea of bringing him back - nope, they won't him, he's the one that's resisting joining the production.
The man behind Ivan Drago's killer punch surprised MTV with a call to clear up the rumours.
“I’ve met with the producers many times, and I AM the one resisting. I want it to be a good picture, and I’m working with the producers on the materials and trying to work it out. The truth is it’s still a script and I think it needs some work.”
Lundgren, who played the villainous Andrew Scott in the original pic, says he's unsure about the film because he and Van Damme have only been offered 10 days of work - in other words, they'd be no more than glorified cameos.
“Neither me nor Jean Claude Van Damme were carrying the picture and I didn’t agree with that,” Lundgren told the site. “I think we have to be in the film more to give the audience what they want. You want some young guys in there too and you want a good story, but at the same time you want to use some of that old story element as well so that it does connect back.
“If [Van Damme and I] were to end up on screen together there’d be a large, built-in audience and we want to take advantage of that,” he continued, “to get what the audience came for, what they paid for.”
I have to agree. Even if it goes direct-to-DVD - which I presume it will? - the fans that'll rent/buy this movie want to see Van Damme and Lundgren starring in it... not say, Patrick Muldoon or Don Swayze with 'Special Appearances by Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren'. That's a cheaper move than an inexpensive hooker's missionary.
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