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Matt Dillon on Armored

Published December 3, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Screen Gems
Matt Dillon has done a lot of things in his career: played a racist cop, capped his teeth to impress Cameron Diaz, outted his high school teacher… Surprisingly, it wasn’t until Armored that he got set on fire.

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“Yeah, this is the first movie I’ve been set on fire,” Dillon said. “This is fun. I think this rolling around in the dirt doing this stuff, it’s like being a kid again, you know. It’s just a lot of fun. I know they’ve got fire gel all over me under this thing.”

Actually, director Nimrod Antal tried it both ways. He actually went with the take where Dillon dodges the flame. “They like it better than with the leg on fire? Well, I don’t care. I want them to use the best thing and I really trust Nimrod. I think he’s got a great eye, he’s got really good instincts, but look, you gotta go for it. These guys have stunt men around and they might be able to use something, you know.”


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What kind of action brings the Oscar-nominee into such close proximity with flame? “Because there’s an explosion. Without giving away too much of the plot, there’s an explosion from one of the armored cars. It’s been rigged and it’s right at the moment when myself, Jean Reno and Laurence Fishburne are going into the truck and I end up, fortunately, I’m not inside the truck so I survive the explosion. So that’s how my leg catches on fire.”

Armored is about a gang of security guards who decide to hit their own armored money truck. “My character is very manipulative and he’s very charming in the beginning and in the end he kind of turns. He kind of goes south. He turns into a monster. I like that. I like that because it is who he is, but all is not what it seems with Cochrane and that’s I think what I like about this film. Although it is an action movie, for sure, I think you have to categorize. It’s character-driven.”

Armored opens to theaters on December 4th.

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

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