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Luc Besson on Transporter 3

Published November 25, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Lionsgate
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As writer and producer of the Transporter films, Luc Besson has a quite a task. He has to create outrageous action sequences, and then get them done on a budget. Plus, he has to deal with a star who wants to risk life and limb doing it all himself.

Besson on Producing Transporter 3


"Stop doesn't come from him," Besson said. "The stop comes from us, where we say, 'No, you're not going to do this. All right, it's a double who's going to do it.' And then he's screaming, fighting, 'Come on, let me do it, I can do it.' No, you won't do it."

One of Transporter 3's new action sequences has Frank Martin (Jason Statham) chasing his stolen car on a BMX bike. If he lets the thief get too far ahead, a proximity bomb will explode on Martin's wrist.

"If he goes more than a certain distance, then he's dead. Then you say okay, what can we do with that? You try to imagine every type of situation. Some of them you put in the garbage but some of them you like. So you say okay, what happens if the guy is kicked out of the car and someone is stealing the car? Then you say okay, he's going to run. If he's on a freeway it's going to take two seconds. All right so let's put him on a market where you can't go too fast. Then you say okay, he's not going to be able to run for too long, so what can be bring, what can he take? Oh, a bicycle could be another. Oh yeah, a bicycle could be good. Then okay, what can we do with the bicycle? Then you watch a couple of films, World Champion, woo, woo, woo things. Then that's how you go."



There are also some deep conversations between Martin and his new passenger, Valentina (Natalya Rudakova). They talk about favorite foods, making sex and even one conversation about not talking.

"You know when you write the dialogue, you want to be sure that it will be played the way [you intended]. I don't mind after, in fact, if Olivier [Megaton] changes it, but at least I want to be sure that the way we play it is listened to by everybody. I always do that. It's almost like a reading and tell everybody how we wrote it first. Then Olivier, sometimes he wants to change things, then he has the freedom. He is the director but I just want to be sure that everybody gets it the right way."

Some exchanges are very specific. An action hero's one liner must be carefully timed. "When you read, 'I give you 10 seconds to change your mind.' 'I give you five seconds to take your hands off my jacket.' If you don't play the time between the thing, then the scene is not even funny. If you play it well, if you have the real stop at five seconds and the look on the hand the look on the guy back, and if it's slow, then it works. If it's not slow, then he people, the actors and have to give that to the people, the actors and actresses and the director is going to do it. Then after, they play with it."

Transporter 3 opens to theatres on November 26th.

For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the Transporter 3 Movie Page.
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