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Interview with Mark Strange: Last Man Standing
Twelve (12) 1/1 - Page 4
Author(s) : Mike Fury
Date : 14/7/2010
Type(s) : Interview
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Special thanks to Mark Strange for his time.

To find out more about Mark Strange, visit http://www.markstrange.com

HKCinemagic: Your latest film is Twelve, also directed by Chee Keong Cheung. The movie is, in many ways, a throwback to the tournament Martial Arts movies seen in the 1970s and 80s. What appealed to you about this style of film?
Mark Strange: I grew up loving these films because they had a lot of heart! Often it focused on underdog characters thrown into these situations but each with their own, individual reasons for pulling through. It’s about going through hell to succeed and having to eliminate the competition. Aside from the fight action, there’s also room for telling a story, especially when looking at the characters and the personalities of each of the fighters. This is something we wanted to recapture with Twelve! We aimed to combine dynamic but flamboyant fight choreography with a strong story as twelve fighters complete for a £500,000 cash prize, in most cases to better their lives or support their loved ones. It would take a lot of guts to take part in a bare knuckle fight competition so this is the level of heart and dedication we really wanted to show from the characters.

Mark Strange fighting dirty in 12
HKCinemagic: For fans of Martial Arts cinema, what can they expect from the action?
Mark Strange: The aim was to make the film look very real and nasty. This was Chee’s aim as the director and within the action choreography from David Forman, who also worked on Batman Begins and Clash of the Titans, the fights vary from energetic and fast paced right through to horribly brutal. If you think back to old Martial Arts films, you can probably remember unrealistic fight scenes where guys will take dozens of kicks to the head without any effect! For Twelve, we wanted the audience to feel these fights! We were able to incorporate many different styles into the film, ranging from Liang Yang performing Wushu to my character as a bare knuckle street fighter! The cast are all real fighters so it’s amazing to have that level of skill and talent available. There’s a lot of really great and varied action in there!

Mark Strange as a bare knuckle street fighter
HKCinemagic: You have many other exciting projects lined up for later in the year, including your next project collaborating with Chee Keong Cheung. Could you also see yourself going back to Hong Kong?
Mark Strange: Yes, I’d love to! There are so many incredible directors and stars out there and I don’t think I’ve had the chance to show my full potential, so going back would be fantastic! I have some really exciting work lined up later in the year but as for returning to Hong Kong, if the right opportunity comes up I’ll be there!

Mark Strange, photo courtesy of Adam Crowther at FightShop.com
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