Ed kicked to play new Frank Martin
British actor Ed Skrien (left) is slowly but steadily becoming a popular name in Hollywood. The 32-year-old, who was also a rapper for brief time, will soon be seen replacing Jason Statham as Frank Martin in the new trilogy, Transporter Refueled. We spoke to Skrien over the phone, and he opened up and talked about quitting Game of Thrones, becoming the new Frank Martin and more…
According to news reports, you quit Game Of Thrones for Transporter. Now that the show has become a hit, do you regret quitting the show?
It’s not as simple as ‘I quit the show’. Not everything is black and white, and it’s a two-way street. Having said that, I don’t have regrets and I only look back at that time, and want to enjoy whatever moments I shared with the cast back then. I don’t want to think anything else. Frankly, I don’t really think about it at all.
Have you seen the show yet? Do you like Huisman’s portrayal of Naharis?
Haha. I haven’t seen any TV series in such a long time. I still haven’t seen Entourage. There are just so many series that I want to see. Maybe when I get free I’ll binge watch them all!
The Transporter series is coming after a gap, with a new actor. Are you worried you’ll be able to recreate the same magic that Jason Statham did?
I tend not to think about it. Why? Because you can’t really predict what’s going to happen. I believe in giving my best, and I think I did that. I leave the rest for the marketing team to worry about.
How different will your Frank Martin be from Jason Statham’s Frank Martin?
I’m not sure about this. I tried to explore his background of special forces. We researched extensively for his training regimes and I tried to understand the place he was coming from. That’s what I tried to portray on-screen as well.
Sounds like you underwent a strict physical training for the role.
Oh, yes! I had to be under a very strict regime. Even my diet was monitored. But I had to do that, because the character was like this. Honestly, I was relieved when the shooting ended. I was relaxed, and had the time to do anything that I wanted to!
What’s it about people from special forces that audiences like watching?
None of us have ever been to war. And despite it being what it is, our history books are full of it. For the audience, it’s a bit of a perverse obsessiveness to know how a person behaves after he has come back from a war.