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James Wan and Kevin Bacon Talk "Death Sentence"

Posted: July 8th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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IGN got the chance to speak to director James Wan (Saw) and actor Kevin Bacon about the upcoming thriller "Death Sentence." In the film, Bacon plays a mild-mannered businessman who one day finds himself and his family the target of a violent, random crime. Transformed by guilt and rage, he goes on a bloody quest for vengeance.

"One of the things is first of all we needed a really good actor to pull off this role," said Wan. "Because of Kevin and Kevin's weight, we saw a complete 180-degree change. It's someone who can literally go from a really, not meek, but a white-collar, everyday man -- a father, a husband, just an office guy, to go from that to what he ultimately becomes at the end of the film. He pretty much ends up looking and being like one of those beast monsters he goes up against, so I needed someone who can play a good guy and a bad guy in equal measures. And that's what Kevin is so great with. Kevin can be really intense and he is by the end of the movie."

"Death Sentence" is based on the 1975 Brian Garfield novel of the same name, which in turn was a sequel to Garfield's "Death Wish" -- which of course inspired the enormously popular Charles Bronson film. For the purposes of the new movie, the story and characters have been altered by screenwriter Ian Jeffers so that "Death Sentence" the film stands as its own tale.

"When I got the script and it said 'Death Sentence' and 'the director of Saw,' I thought... 'Well, this will be a quick read. And a quick pass,'" admits Bacon. "And when I read it, I was really moved by it. And I felt like within this kind of ass-kicking thriller, there was a lot of stuff that this guy goes through, and a lot of stuff that I could really relate to, which is your worse nightmare of having something happen to your family. There's this extreme transformation from a nerdy, suburban hockey dad to a cold-blooded killer."

Click here to read more about "Death Sentence."

Source: IGN


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