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New On DVD-- "Blitz"; Rising Star Zawe Ashton Shares Screen With Heavyweights Statham, Considine

by Emmanuel Akitobi
August 23, 2011 1:05 AM
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First off, let me express my surprise at the fact that (what seems to be) a pretty decent Jason Statham (The Transporter, The Bank Job) flick is going straight-to-DVD. I saw the trailer for Blitz last spring, and I was sure that it would be another in his long line of profitable "shoot-em-ups". Based on the Ken Bruen novel of the same name, Blitz looked like it would be the crime-drama of the summer. But alas, today we see the release of Blitz on DVD and Blu-Ray.

With its release, we may also see the emergence of one of film's next hot commodities-- actress Zawe Ashton. Along with British TV and film vets Statham, Paddy Considine, Aiden Gillen, and David Morrissey, Ashton rounds out the cast of players as WPC Elizabeth Falls, a police officer with a bit of a personal issue.

In anticipation of the film's theatrical release, I'm sure, the cast did loads of promo and press. Ashton gave an interview to SKY.com, in which she discussed this film, future projects, and a certain S&A fave who she considers one of her biggest mentors.

Check out this excerpt from the Sky.com interview:

Your character in Blitz is a police officer who's just come out of rehab after going a little too far undercover in the drug squad. Now she's being mentored by Brant, a hard-drinking, rule-breaking sexist with a violent streak as wide as the Harrow Road. Interesting choice of role model.

Isn't he? I think they share a lot of problems and issues and it's the flaws that bond them together.

Did you get much mentoring from Mr Statham off-screen?

He's lovely - and so supportive.

Blitz is just one of Ken Bruen's Brant novels - any plans to make it a franchise?

We'll see how people respond to this one, but I'd sign up for more, no problem. Elizabeth Falls is a character I could do so much more with. I'd love to explore her further.

You're developing a film project with Idris Elba, who starred in The Wire with your co-star Aiden Gillen. So you've got some good careers advisers if you fancy trying out your American accent across the Pond. Any plans there or do your loyalties lie in London?

Oh I'll always be loyal to London. But [like Elba] you have tremendous success abroad and then you come home and utilise it on home soil. He's a massive mentor of mine; I really respect and love the guy.

Can you say anything about the project or is it all hush-hush?

[Laughs] It's only hush-hush because it's literally in the beginning stages!


For the rest of the interview, click HERE


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4 Comments

  • Tamara | August 23, 2011 1:51 AMReply

    "It's Blitz....as in Blitzkrieg."

    -_-

    Oh why did you have to ruin it for me? LOL I would have loved to have attempted to 'try' and make that connection on my own!

    This looks...meh.

  • tambay | August 23, 2011 1:44 AMReply

    Ya know I've been getting emails about this from the PR firm repping the film's release, and couldn't immediately figure out why, and I didn't bother to check through the list of credits. All I saw was Jason Statham and figured it wasn't for us. But now I know why :)

    Also, you just reminded me of another film that Zawe Ashton stars in that I wrote about back in May titled "Dreams Of A Life," which looked intriguing based on the limited info available at the time (http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/archives/dreams_of_a_life_-_an_investigation_into_the_mysterious_life_death_of_joyce/); but thanks for the reminder, because I'm going to go see if anything new has surfaced on it. It's been a few months.

  • Dee | August 23, 2011 1:34 AMReply

    Dear God that film is awful.

    Beautifully shot without a doubt. But the script is so dire, so... new writer 1st draft mind puke, as to warrant immediate physical punishment to anyone who let it pass their desks without calling in the Script Doctor Ambulance.

    The mere fact that this mess got made has me suspecting that few people can actually read scripts and that the industry such as it is probably just produces whatever friends, family, fellow graduates and other white boys excrete onto the page.

    Everyone involved should embarrassed to be associated with such sub Dan Brown text violation.

  • Questions & Answers?!?!!! | August 23, 2011 1:29 AMReply

    The first time I saw Zawe Ashton was in an episode of "Misfits" she appeared in Season 2.

    These American actors/actresses better watch out these up-and-coming Brits are snatching careers by the minute!

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