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EXCLUSIVE! Luke Goss on boybands & new film Death Race: Inferno...
MTV News flew to Cape Town, South Africa to talk to pop star turned movie star Luke Goss about bruises, birds and boybands - ahead of the release of his new film Death Race: Inferno.
Inferno, the third in the Death Race series, sees Luke play convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas, aka Frankenstein - a superstar driver in the brutal prison yard demolition derby known as Death Race - who is now only one victory away from winning freedom for himself and his pit crew.
MTV: Hey Luke, tell us about the new film…
Luke Goss: Of all the three movies, personally this one is going to be my favourite. Frankenstein’s a bonafide racing star now and the race has been moved to Africa to increase ratings and make it more dynamic. There are returning cast members too – there’s Danny Trejo and Tanit Phoenix who plays the leading lady in this story. We have Dougray Scott and of course Ving Rhames.
MTV: How do the action sequences compare in the third instalment?
LG: The previous movie was a prequel so we had to tether it to the first movie, but in this movie all the race sequences have been filmed especially for this instalment so there’s no stock footage or lifts from the previous movie. I’ve been told there’s something like 28 minutes of racing and carnage in this film so action plays a big part, yeah.
MTV: We hear you did a lot of your own stunts?
LG: Yeah I don’t have a stunt double in this movie, I don’t even have a stand in. Whether I’m in the mask or out of it, any time you see Frankenstein or Carl Lucas doing anything then that’s me. I’m driving and doing all of the fighting so it’s great fun.
MTV: How are you holding up?
LG: I’m like a thousand years old, how am I holding up? Yeah at the end of a long day I’m trying to find a spot in the bath that doesn’t hurt. But I’m like a big kid – toys, fighting, cars, birds – it doesn’t get better than that.
MTV: If you could put anyone in the Death Race who would it be?
LG: Every grumpy, miserable, criticising, bigoted w**ker in the world. Because they should be there.
MTV: You obviously still have cult status in the eyes of many pop music fans, what advice what you give to the likes of One Direction just starting out in the industry?
LG: From my own personal experiences I would say tether yourself very securely to what got you there. And stand your ground. There needs to be more coverage from the A&R people and from the artist combined. The artists need not to just think about the fame they need to think about what really makes them feel connected to this [touches heart].
MTV: Would you have auditioned for one of the TV talent shows if they had been around then?
LG: I don’t think so. We were doing gigs and we got discovered, old school I guess. I think it’s in bad shape as far as that’s concerned. That’s one way to go and sure, there’s a place for it taking up maybe 10% of the business but there’s 90% that needs to be filled with artists again. There is a place for those shows sure but I pray to God that A&R men strap on a pair of balls again and start signing artists.
Death Race: Inferno is out on Blu-ray and DVD now.