Big grillie style
Frank Grillo talks Purge antihero Sergeant and upcoming sci-fi…
Does this thirD Purge film amp up the action?
Yeah, it’s right from the get go, it does amp it up. That’s by design. I think people responded to the type of film that the second one evolved into, so we wanted to make sure people weren’t disappointed. We shot it in Rhode Island and it was all night shoots. That was about six weeks, so it really started to play with everybody’s psyche. All of a sudden you feel like you’re on Mars, you don’t know which way’s left or right! I’ve just seen a cut of this film. It’s fantastic. I think it’s better than the second one. It’s great fun!
What kinD of impact Does the action have on you?
The show that I do [Kingdom] is very physical, and other movies that I do, like Captain America, it’s all kind of physical action stuff, so I stay in pretty decent shape throughout the year. For me it’s fun because I do all my own fighting and action stuff. I get involved in that, I have a good time! WoulD you ever make a fourth Purge?
You know, the funny thing about Hollywood is, you could say that this is a trilogy, but this movie opens 4 July [in the US] and if it does great business, guess what? There’s gonna be another one. It’s all about commerce. I don’t think they expected to make seven or eight Fast & Furious movies, but people keep going to them… so it’s a great opportunity for me. I love it, I have fun with it, I love the people who do it, so if there is a fourth one and Universal wants me to continue on this path, I’m certainly interested.
What else Do you have coming up?
Beyond Skyline was a film I did last year. It’s not really a sequel. The premise is there are these aliens that suck up human beings, similar to the first [Skyline], and it becomes an action movie with me and Iko Uwais from the Raid movies. We did a lot of cool fight stuff with the aliens. It’s a bit like District 9, it’s fun! Then there’s Stephanie, a real spooky, supernatural thriller with me and Anna Torv and this young girl, Shree Crooks, who I think is gonna be the next Meryl Streep. She’s phenomenal. It’s very contained, it’s the second film Akiva Goldsman’s directed. I’m excited about that, too!
Frank Grillo stars again as Purge survivor Sergeant.