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Hi James. Thank you for your interest, I’ll be glad to talk about Showdown in Manila.
I know Mark Dacascos since 2011, he’s a personal friend. He introduced me to Craig Hamann (Craig directed Mark in the independent film Boogie Boy) and all together we created a story for Showdown in Manila. We were really inspired by Sly Stallone’s The Expendables franchise and wanted to make something similar – good ‘old fashioned’ action movie but with a lot of martial arts stars in it.
Mark was thinking about directing for many years. Showdown in Manila was just a right project for him to make a directorial debut. Mark did a great job and I’m glad you liked it! And his fight scene is the best one in the whole movie in my opinion. As a director, Dacascos was always supportive and creative, he worked a lot during pre-production, production and post-production. Showdown in Manila was a tough film to shoot but Mark did it and I’m grateful as a producer and as an actor!
Thank you! Arnold is my idol. I was very skinny as a kid but I watched Conan The Destroyer when I was 14 and it changed everything. I started as a boxer and later switched into bodybuilding. I won WBBF/WFF Mr. Universe 3 times. I’m a household name in Russia for about 20 years already thanks to my books, TV shows and movies.
I moved to Los Angeles from Moscow in 1999. I studied English at UCLA and learned acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. My debut in Hollywood was Walter Hill’s Undisputed. I wrote and produced my first film Moscow Heat in 2003. My films are always wide theatrical releases in Russia and ex-USSR countries.
My transition from bodybuilding to acting/writing/producing/directing wasn’t easy at all but I’m leaving my dream now, making one movie after another and that’s all what matters, right?
Casper Van Dien is an action icon but he’s a great actor also. Marc Dacascos introduced me to him and we created part of “Charlie” with Van Dien in mind from the beginning. We become good friends very fast. Casper helped me a lot during the shooting, we improvised and made jokes every day. We also worked out in the gym together pretty often. Regarding “last word” scene: Casper was eating during all our conversations (when actor’s doing something like that it makes acting easier and more believable) and I wasn’t. So at least I got the last word! 😉
I’m a big fan of Tia. It was huge fan to work with her! She is a great actress and the team player. We just met again recently at the US premiere of Showdown in Manila (took place in Beverly Hills in the end of January). Tia supported our film and did a lot of publicity, her photo from the premiere even appeared in People magazine.
I made 3 films with great Matthias Hues already and really hope we’ll make many more together! I always loved his movies, Black Belt and Dark Angel especially. He’s perfect bad guy on screen but in the real life he’s a gentle giant with the big heart. I’m really proud to call him my dear friend! We spend a lot of time together in LA, lifting weights on some days and smoking cigars on the others.
Cary is a legend. He’s also fun to work with. By the way, Showdown in Little Tokyo is one of my favorite action movies and it was great to watch its stars Tagawa and Tia Carrere reunite in our film!
It was dream to work with them. Don, Cynthia and Olivier are still in a very good shape. They all had great fights in Showdown in Manila so fans will be happy to see their idols back in serious action. We spent weeks shooting in the real jungle and it was kind of like Predator, you’re right!
Dmitriy Dyuzhev can play everything, he’s a very talented actor. He started his career in Russia doing action TV shows and action movies so I pushed him back to that and he was happy. Dmitriy is a big fan of Mark Dacascos and he was proud to work in Showdown in Manila. We had a couple of scenes in Russian language and I think it made our film more realistic.
Thanks a lot! And I should thank again our local co-producer Chris Santiago and his team, they did a great job. We shot all around Manila, in the real jungle and on the big river. I was first time in the Philippines and loved it. I also should mention our co-star Iza Calzado, she’s a big star over there but it was her debut in an action movie.
My new action film Maximum Impact is finished. It was directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak (DOOM) and written by Ross LaManna (Rush Hour). It’s my biggest project to date. I produced it and starred in with Kelly Hu, William Baldwin, Denny Trejo, Eric Roberts, Tom Arnold, Mark Dacascos and Matthias Hues. Maximum Impact should be released worldwide later this year. My next film Savage Attack is in pre-production right now. Fans can get updates on my official Instagram @RealAlexNevsky and Twitter @NevskyAlexandr.
Thank you again for your support and please say hello to all That’s Not Current readers for me!