Director Jeff Wadlow Exclusive Video Interview – NEVER BACK DOWN

     March 9, 2008

Opening this Friday is “Never Back Down” and it’s set against the world of Mixed Martial Arts. The film’s directed by Jeff Wadlow and here’s the synopsis:

Jake Tyler’s (Sean Faris) the new kid in town with a troubled past. He has recently moved to Orlando, Florida with his family to support his younger brother’s shot at a professional tennis career. Jake was a star athlete on the football team at home, but in this new city he is an outsider with a reputation for being a quick tempered brawler.

Making an attempt to fit in, at the invitation of a flirtatious classmate, Baja (Amber Heard), Jake goes to a party where he is unwittingly pulled into a fight with a bully named Ryan McCarthy (Cam Gigandet). While he is defeated and humiliated in the fight, a classmate introduces himself to Jake and tells him about the sport known as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). He sees a star in Jake and asks that he meet with his mentor, Jean Roqua (played by Djimon Hounsou).

It is immediately apparent to Jake that MMA is not street fighting, but rather an art form he wants to master. Roqua will take Jake under his wing, but it is up to Jake to find the patience, discipline, willingness and reason within him to succeed. For Jake, there is much more at stake than mere victory. His decision will not just settle a score; it will define who he is.

Anyway, last week I was able to interview the cast and I’ll have all the interviews up in the next few days. But the first one I’m posting is with director Jeff Wadlow as he told me something very cool. It seems that Steven Spielberg and James Cameron are doing a 3D filmmaking symposium for DGA members this week and Jeff gets to go. Yeah, I think we’d all like to attend this presentation.

And on that note…here’s Jeff. And if want to watch some clips from “Never Back Down” click here.

Jeff Wadlow

  • How did he come to the project

  • How hard was it to set the film up

  • Casting process talk

  • Goosebumps talk

  • Other project talk – another action movie

  • Hail to the Thief talk

  • Never Back Down DVD talk

  • 3D filmmaking talk – talks about a symposium he’s going to that is being taught by James Cameron and Steven Spielberg

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