LUKE GOSS INTERVIEW
DEATH RACE 2
Q: Death Race 2 is
a prequel to the first Death Race film. So you play the original Frankenstein.
How does you character become him?
A: My character,
Luke, is kind of cool. Heís a criminal but heís not a violent criminal. Heís
an absolute professional at what he does. He prides himself on a clean job and
he makes sure that nobody gets hurt. Itís one of the ethics of what he does.
And heís good at what he does because itís primarily about getting the job done
safely - in and out - and that ethic is compromised by Sean Beanís character,
Markus Kane. Heís my boss, but we have been friends for twenty years. In the
story, he basically suggests something that compromises Lukeís ethic. And, as
much as he knows that Iím not a big fan of the idea, he also knows that my
character is going to get this done because heís loyal. But, of course, it is a
bad call and costs me dearly. It puts me in prison, which is terrible, and
thatís the beginning of his evolution. Bringing Luke in the movie to
Frankenstein at the end, which definitely evolutionates the story. When I read
it, I was like Ďwow, this is a really good storyí, because it really shows you
how Frankenstein showed up
Q: Heís kind of a
good-bad guy isnít he?
A: They are the
best good guys to play, you know. I havenít ever found myself wanting to play
characters that are squeaky clean and doing the right thing but donít have any
mischief in them. Itís not as cinematic, you know what I mean? So, heís a great
Q: Tell me about
the experience of making the film, because it looks like it must have been a lot
of fun on set.
A: It was really
fun. Firstly, the director Roel: he and I became such great buddies. We are
actually planning to work together again, on projects that Iím producing and
heís directing. And thatís partly because I really admire his unbelievably hard
work ethic. Usually, there were about four or five cameras on set, and he would
operate a camera on every single shot. Unbelievable. And, at the end of the
day, when I get driven home, heís still there filming. Itís an unbelievable
work ethic. And he really understands the genre, the action element of the
film. Heís a really talented man. So that was fun because, if the directorís
cool and hard working, just trying to make a great movie, then the cast gets a
sense of that. You feel like you are in a group that is trying to be the best
that they can. We wanted to make the best picture that we could.
Q: How much of the
action did you get to do yourself?
A: Almost all of
it. I think there is one fall that was doubled for me but I did all the
fighting myself, and a lot of the driving. Some of the really crazy stuffÖ
there were things I didnít do. I trained for it and could do it but Universal
were bloody terrified to put me in a car when we were doing really crazy stuff.
With the other cars, like the earlier ones, we had dupes, we had more than one
of those things. It was fine. But the actual yellow car that I drive, we only
had one of them. And it was about fifty thousand bucks worth of car. I remember
driving down the freeway with cameras in the vehicle, I was in the car doing the
driving and we did about eight passes and when I turned up at the end, the men
from Universal had such a look of relief on their faces that I hadnít scratched
it. They said ĎI will get fired if you scratch the carí. I like doing my own
Q: What was Sean
Bean like to work with? His character is so terrifying.
A: Heís really a
lovely guy. Heís very energetic. We would do these late, late shoots, very late
at night and the director wanted a single shot and immediately we got on. Iím
fairly easy to work with so we got along really well. Seanís as good an actor as
you would hope him to be. Iím a fan of his work so, to be working with him, and
to realise that he is a gentleman as well, was a very nice thing. It doesnít
always work out that way.
Q: Was there
anyone in the film that you were really excited about working with? Or anyone
that you really loved working with that you were surprised by?
A: I really loved
Danny, I think heís so cool. I was like, Ďwow, Danny Trejo is in the movie.í I
couldnít believe I was doing scenes with him. He just has a really great look;
he looks fantastic. Iíve been a fan of what he has done for years. And he was
cool, he came to the house. When we were filming in Africa, we stayed in this
lovely place, looking over the ocean. So we would all hang out there, drink
booze and eat until the early hours. It was a good little gathering. Danny
didnít drink actually. I donít know if he drinks normally, but he didnít drink
when we were hanging out. Heís a good guy: very, very cool. Danny is going to
be in the movie that Iím producing with Roel actually. We are going to shoot it
in January I think, in a desert. So he and I are going to be working together
Q: What was the
most exciting day on set?
A: Itís hard to
say really because, being on a movie set, there is so much crazy shit going on.
Itís a case of Ďwhat insane shit am I going to do today?í There were
intimidating days. I mean, there was one scene where I had to show up completely
naked. It was the scene where I went to prison, so I was de-liced and hosed down
at 5 oíclock on a windy, chilly bloody morning. And I literally have never, ever
been colder. It was like a proper fire hose hosing me down, completely naked. I
was just thinking Ďoh my god, I hope you donít pull anything off with this
bloody waterí. I was thinking Ďgod protect me from this sceneí. That was more
intimidating than the fights, or the driving, or hanging out with everyone on
the show. Nakedness and a cold shower is not a combination most dudes would brag
about. Cold water and nakedness are not things I want to do with my day. But
luckily it didnít make the movie, so Iím happy about that. Relieved.
Q: How into cars
are you in real life? Is it a passion of yours?
A: Oh yeah. Iíve
always liked cars, Iíve always been a massive fan of cars. Cars for me, you
know, itís your own space, your own music and it goes where I want to go so itís
a little escape capsule. Iím a massive fan of cars. Iíve got a Carrera Porsche
4SS4, the white-bodied Carrera, and a range rover. I donít drive them at the
same time though. I have tried, but it didnít work out. Hahaha!
Q: Your accent in
the film is brilliant. Do you enjoy doing accents?
A: I do actually.
But most of my characters from the last ten years have been American, even when
I was in theatre in London years ago. Iíve got a movie called Blood Out coming
out soon, with Val Kilmer, and again I play an American. I like doing accents.
What it does is help you change shape a little bit, get into your character. Iím
doing a shoot in Texas in January, a cowboy (Scorpion Sunrise), so thatís going
to fun. Iíll get to wear the Stetson and ride the horses and shoot from the
hip, which I have wanted to do for a number of years. Iíve wanted to do it
since I was twelve so Iím doing it now as a grown-up.
Q: Do you keep the
accent up all the time? Or can you switch in and out of it?
A: I keep it up
all day long. I mean, it depends how user-friendly it is on set. If itís an
action piece, there are so many safety issue that you have to be yourself some
of the time. But if itís a purely dramatic piece, and itís not just about
action, then Iíll stay pretty much true to the character throughout the whole
process because it makes it easier. If youíre shooting quickly, then coming in
and out of the accent all of the time just slows up the process. This way, Iím
always ready to go.
Q: So you keep the
accent up even if you call home and speak to your family?
A: Yeah! They understand it. Theyíll give me shit about my twang but, obviously,
we are English. Itís our responsibility to give each other shit about everything
we possible can.
Q: The film has an
interesting message about people being tired of fake violence. Do you think
there will ever be a time when real violence is on TV for entertainment like in
A: I hope not! But
I think it is possible. People seem to have a tenacious appetite for shit. Donít
get me wrong, I think being too civilized can be horribly, bloody boring.
Spontaneity is great. But, when I was looking at the cage stuff, and I did three
weeks in the cage in South Africa before we started filming Ė the violence and
the bludgeoning definitely bothers me. But I think it is definitely a
possibility unfortunately. 10 or 15 years ago, there is no way I would have
imagined that TV audiences would sit there watching real people giving shit to
each other, and even just sleeping, with a night vision camera on them. I mean,
I donít want to see people doing that. But itís become normal. That just proves
what an old sod I am. I think anything is possible.
Q: Whatís coming
up next for you?
A: Iíve got a
movie called ĎBlood Outí with 50 Cent and Val Kilmer, which Iím really proud of.
What we achieved on that film, and the time we had, it was just really cool.
Iím happy with that. Iíve got a movie called ĎPressedí, which is a thriller, and
kind of a cautionary tale of an American who loses his job. Itís very topical at
the moment Ė heís doing well and then he loses his job, his money and his
savings because of the economy. He canít solve the problem as he would like, and
he makes a couple of choices that cost him dearly. So thatís a good thriller. I
also have ĎTekkení coming out, which is an adaptation of the video game. Iíve
got the Western, set in present day in the 1800s, it goes back and forward and I
play two characters in that. And Iím producing three movies. Secured a huge
chunk of money for a film Iím producing. Of the three Iím producing, I wrote
two. And Iím going to be directing towards the end of next year. Iíve got a
lot going on!