The Italian job
CLIFF Curtis has acted opposite some of Hollywood’s biggest male action stars, but he says Ashley Judd makes them all look like wimps.
Judd plays kick- arse mum and former CIA agent Rebecca Winstone, who goes rogue when her son, Michael ( Nick Eversman), is reported missing in Rome.
A distraught Rebecca heads to Italy to uncover the secret of her son’s disappearance – and kick some serious bad- guy butt.
That creates problems for CIA agent Dax Miller ( Curtis), who is trying to curtail Rebecca’s search before she creates an international incident.
Curtis acted opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard 4.0, Denzel Washington in Training Day, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Collateral Damage.
Judd is famous for getting physical in hit movie Double Jeopardy and she did a lot of her own stunts in Missing.
‘‘ I love to fight,’’ Judd says. ‘‘ I find it easy and rewarding.’’
Curtis agrees, admitting he found it hard keeping up with Judd.
Missing was filmed on location all over Europe, including the ancient cities of Prague and Dubrovnik.
‘‘ We had a lot of chase sequences,’’ Curtis says.
‘‘ I’m running around in a suit and tie chasing after lovely Ashley and I had slippery shoes. I was always falling over.’’
Curtis has racked up an impressive list of credits. His TV work includes Traffic, Trauma and Body of Proof.
The New Zealander says he was drawn to Missing because he is intrigued by the world of spies.
Missing’s hook – CIA agent mother goes looking for missing son in Europe – is a flipped version of hit action movie Taken, starring Liam Neeson.
‘‘ Missing is a concept that is naturally cinematic and it engaged me as someone who likes action movies,’’ Curtis says.
‘‘ Dax is the man in charge of the CIA, but everything is out of control.
‘‘ Ashley’s character is on a personal crusade to find her son. Dax is trying to put things back into the box, but she keeps pulling things out.
‘‘ Some of those things are not good, but she also comes across things that are quite helpful. There’s this tension of ‘ should I help you after what you just did to me?’
‘‘ We do not know whether anybody is who they say they are or whether what they say is real or not.’’