By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
The part of Internal Affairs agent Jim Bravura in Max Payne was originally written for a 60-year-old white man. The role went to Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. Director John Moore called him in for the audition before the change was even made.
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"That's because sometimes they can be written for someone but you go in and audition and people automatically like what you can bring to the character," said Bridges. "That's what happened."
Bravura is investigating Max Payne's questionable actions in the investigation of his wife and child's murder. Based on a video game, the live-action film is set in a heightened world that doesn't quite look like reality.
"It was very dark because we were there in Toronto and there was a winter storm going on, so it was dark. The director, John Moore, let us look at certain scenes and let us know the feel of the movie so it kind of helped us even more to just know exactly how it was going to look when it came together."
Bridges shot his first action scene, when he faces off against Wahlberg in a corrider and SWAT guys burst in. "That was a very crazy scene because the sprinkler system continued to drench us and the funny thing was, we had to do that sh*t at least five times. So we had to go change clothes in the dryer, the same outfit like five times, dry the clothes, they're going to get wet again and just keep going back and doing it over and over again. Crazy."
The movie helps Bridges continue to redefine his image as an actor, while he maintains his music career simultaneously. "I've said what attracted me to the project was being able to point a gun at Mark Wahlberg and get away with it and live to tell about it today. So that’s definitely why I signed on to do this movie. kust to point a gun at this man. No, I’m just messing with him but honestly I try to pick those diverse roles and things that I haven’t done before. This is my first time getting a little piece of the action and then playing on that side of the law. I love surprising myself and of course everyone else that watches."