Trans­ported to whole new level

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FREE TV -

CHRIS Vance’s ca­reer as an ac­tor has taken him to var­i­ous stops around the globe, be­gin­ning in his na­tive Eng­land be­fore a so­journ in Aus­tralia (where he starred in med­i­cal drama All Saints) and then to the US, where he landed sup­port­ing roles in Prison Break , Dex­ter and Burn No­tice.

‘‘I think ac­ci­den­tal may be a great way to de­scribe it – I’m ab­so­lutely in no con­trol of my ca­reer,’’ laughs Vance. ‘‘It’s just life, the jour­ney of life. I em­brace it and I go with it. It’s the only way I can be happy.’’

Based in Los An­ge­les, Vance takes on lead­ing-man sta­tus – not to men­tion ac­tion-hero sta­tus – with The Trans­porter, a pedal-to-the-metal pay-TV se­ries in­spired by the film fran­chise star­ring Ja­son Statham.

When shad­owy characters need some­thing de­liv­ered with no ques­tions asked, Vance’s Frank Martin – a former spe­cial forces op­er­a­tive with a hot­ted-up Audi and a strict code of con­duct – is the man they call.

‘‘Frank de­liv­ers pack­ages from point A to point B and the com­pli­ca­tions oc­cur when the vil­lains try to get their hands on it,’’ says Vance. ‘‘He tries to never break his rules . . . but where’s the fun in that?’’

In­deed, Frank can barely make it through a mis­sion with­out some form of en­tan­gle­ment with a brutish bad guy or a beau­ti­ful woman. And for Vance, that’s a big part of The Trans­porter’s ap­peal. ‘‘You can’t go past that, can you?’’ he smiles. ‘‘Ev­ery­one wants to win the fight and kiss the girl and I’m still a kid, really.’’

A fan of the dead­pan sense of hu­mour Statham brought to the big-screen Trans­porter, Vance was keen to en­sure the small-screen ver­sion has just as much verve and wit.

Car­ry­ing a high-oc­tane se­ries like The Trans­porter on his shoul­der is new for Vance, but in his mind the job is the job, ‘‘whether you’re in three scenes or 300’’. ‘‘And I com­mit to it to the best I can,’’ he says. As far as play­ing Frank Martin goes, that in­cludes learn­ing to han­dle him­self be­hind the wheel of a high­per­for­mance car.

‘‘My off-road driv­ing skills have im­proved since I started play­ing Frank,’’ he laughs.

‘‘But I’ve also learned a lot of stuff you can’t do in your day-to-day driv­ing. It’s per­fectly use­less here in Los An­ge­les where ev­ery­one drives at 15 miles per hour but, yes, I can now spin a car 180 de­grees.’’

Wed­nes­days, 6.30pm, FX

Chris Vance

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.