Luke Evans has been seesawing on the edge of stardom for years, with one big action movie coming out after another: Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood, The Three Musketeers and The Immortals. But now, his moment has finally arrived. After Luke Evans' villainous turn in this weekend's Fast & Furious 6 he heads back to New Zealand to complete his role as Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, and then goes off to star in a new interpretation of Dracula and a remake of the 1990s gothic classic The Crow.
We caught Luke Evans right before he got too big to talk to us, and we grilled him on playing a new kind of British supervillain in Fast & Furious 6, his archery skills in The Hobbit, and how he landed the plum role of everyone's favorite vampire (outside of the Twilight franchise). Oh, and he also reveals his favorite Dracula movie, and it might not be the one you're expecting...
CraveOnline: How are you?
Luke Evans: Yeah, I’m alright. I’m coming to the end of my day of chatting. I’m sick of listening to my own voice.
Aw, that’s too bad. I was looking forward to listening to your own voice…
Oh, you are. I’m not going to stop talking! I’m just sick of listening to my own voice.
We’re at opposite ends of the spectrum.
Yeah, you’re just waking up. Where are you, in L.A.?
I’m in L.A. Yeah, I woke up about an hour ago. I’m just chugging on the coffee right now. So how many interviews would you say you’ve done today?
About 35 interviews.
Oh, Jesus Christ…
What’s the most common question you’re getting?
Oh God… It’s, “How does the family accept you? Were they nice when you turned up on set?”
As if they were mean...!
As if they were mean! Come on. They were nice! They’re nice people, yeah. I didn’t talk about that.
How much of a fan were you of the franchise? Would you be excited for this movie if you weren’t a part of it, or was this not your bag before?
No, I would definitely be excited about it. I really loved Fast Five. I thought it was a brilliant movie. I thought it was so well done, well directed. The action sequences were really well thought out. It looked fantastic. So yeah, I definitely would have been seeing it in the cinema. There are certain films you want to see on the big screen. This is one of them. I have seen Fast Six and it’s awesome.
This franchise has been awesome since the beginning, but I think for a long time it hasn’t really had a proper supervillain.
No it hasn’t, no.
Now you come in, you’ve got a strong personality, you’ve got a close tie to the team, you’re kind of the polar opposite in some ways. How did you develop the character with Justin Lin?
Well, first of all, I didn’t want to come in and just play the British villain, which… You know, British actors are renowned for being great villains in movies, like Bond films, all the rest of it. I didn’t want to be that quintessential, cliché, Persian cat-stroking, swivel chair-sitting, scar across the eye sort of villain. I wanted to be a 21st Century villain. I wanted to be a criminal who was cool, and because of his paramilitary training… You know, this guy was a special ops soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s incredibly intelligent. He’s a one-man band. He doesn’t need anybody else. He’s weapon friendly, he’s arms friendly, he drives incredible cars, he has a lot of money because of the success he has being a criminal and selling these thing on the black market. So all of those factors played into my creation of the character, and in the end, he’s quite a cool character. Nothing really phases him, and the fact that he never really fails in a mission, or he’s almost impossible catch, just adds to that other mystery to him. Why is this guy impossible to catch?
Did you get to do any of your own driving? Did you get to drive that little ramp car? What do you call that…?
The flip car! Yeah, yeah, yeah, I drove the flip car a few times. Obviously I didn’t drive it when they actually flipped cars, unfortunately. There’s not an insurance company in the world that would insure me to do that. But it was fun to drive it. It was very loud. I remember trying to drive it out of the underground bunker that Shaw uses in the film, before he blows it all up, and it was… When you revved it, the sound that came off the concrete walls, I think was deafening.
Did you get to do any of your own fight scenes at least?
Yeah, I did loads of the fight scenes. It was about two months of training prior to starting the movie, because of the learning the choreography of the fights. I mean, there’s loads of stuff that goes on the film. Justin wanted me to do as much of it as possible so they can film around enough without having to worry about cutting the face out of the stunt double. So I did a lot of my own fight scenes in the film.