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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Jason Statham HollywoodNewsWire.net  "Spike TV
The Mechanic
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Jan 14, 2011
Jason Statham – The Mechanic
SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills

Q1: Was it intimidating or daunting to take on a role that was made famous by Charles Bronson?
JS: Obviously trying to do anything that's been done well before has a certain amount of expectation, and you're always going to get people that are going to compare it. This is many, many years later; we're not trying to do exactly the same thing. We're trying to do something that has a little bit of a modern spin on what was done way back when.

Q2: How much did you look at the original?
JS: I tried not to look at it too closely. I'd seen it a couple of times before. I signed on to do the – it was the original screenplay! It got sent to me and I knew that they were remaking it again, and I said yes to the exact word-for-word original screenplay. There was no rewrites or anything. Then I went away, did a film, came back, and it was completely different! I knew it was in the right hands because Irwin [Winkler] and the l...

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