Ed kicked to play new Frank Martin

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

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