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Columbus Short on Armored

Published December 2, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Screen Gems
Columbus Short’s career has just started rapidly rising since his starring role in Stomp the Yard. Armored marks his first foray into the action genre.

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“I was looking for an action drama,” Short said. “I was looking for something that was high stakes and set in the realm in reality, not Justice League and not Passenger 57. I wanted something that was real, and it’s going to blow people away. There hasn’t been a movie like this in years, and it’s refreshing. It has that anxiety. It has that ‘Oh, my God!’”

We saw Short on the set of Armored at Sony studios in Culver City. The armored truck was crashed on a soundstage. “I spend the second half of the movie in the back of the truck trying to MacGyver my way to ending the situation. Matt [Dillon]’s character, Cochrane, is my godfather in the movie, so it’s this story of betrayal between the two of us. This man I’ve looked up to my whole life, who’s taken me and my brother in, he turns his back and he’s doing something reckless. That starts the divide halfway through the movie. Then I’m in the back of the armored truck, and I’ve got to figure this out. But I’m an ex-Marine, so that comes in handy, my quick thinking and ingenuity.”


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Though it’s not “always bet on black,” Short is getting to kick some butt. “I’m doing everything. They’ve let me do all my stunts, which is great. I’m parkour-ing, I’m climbing up buildings, I’m jumping off trucks, I’m freaking crashing trucks into buildings. It’s like all your childhood dreams coming true.”

Parkour is now the go-to style for high speed movie action. “What I’m doing in this movie is not necessarily Parkour as much as it’s just this guy who knows how to maneuver through bars and obstacle courses, and he does it kind of stealthy so it looks Marine-like. I am neither one of those things, but I’m acting like I am. I’m kind of agile, but I had to do a little. It’s awesome. Now I’m going to go free running in the Promenade and show off my skills. I’ve been working with these stunt guys for about four months now, so we just talk it through and rehearse it. I can do most of the stuff without cables, but they have to put the cables on so you can be safe. But it’s great to challenge yourself to do things you’ve never done. My body’s beat up worse than it’s been beat up in my life, but it’s fantastic. It’s worth it.”

That’s the kind of guy we want saving the day. “He’s the hero,” Short bragged. “He’s the guy who’s going to foil the bad guys’ plan and wait for the cops.”

Armored opens to theaters on December 4th.

For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the Armored.

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