The Ital­ian job

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - COLIN VICK­ERY MISS­ING South­ern Cross, Tues­day, 9.30pm

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.’’

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