Some online sites took part in a set visit back in May to Billy’s new movie Drive Angry which was filming in Shreveport, Louisiana. Billy took some time away from shooting to talk to the press, and a handful of sites have posted their interviews online.
Collider’s quick synopsis of the film: The film centers on a man (Nicolas Cage) driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway. Billy plays the guy Cage is after. Needless to say, the film is rated R.
I know you guys are going to make one more of these things. Maybe two, I don’t know. Are you sort of happy that it’s coming to an end or are your sort of like…
Burke: The Twilight stuff?
Yeah, or has it been a fun ride for you?
Burke: It’s been a great gig for me. Let’s face it. I’ve been hanging around in this biz for 19 years now, and the advent of those movies has certainly shed a different light on where I’m at, and has pushed it into a different place. So I got nothing but love and respect for those movies, and for that character and for all the people who make the movies. For me, it’s kind of like showing up on a television show set, because I go back every time and kind of put the same clothes on and get into the same groove, and it’s very comfortable. And in terms of career stuff, yeah, it’s done a lot. So I got nothing but love for it. And yes, we are going to make the next one starting in November, possibly here in Shreveport. We’re going to do some exteriors in Vancouver, and I hear they’re thinking about Louisiana for some stage stuff.
Traveling across the back roads of Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Lousiana, Milton is on the trail of Burke’s villainous cult leader. Describing Jonah King as “a little cross between Jim Jones, Jim Morrison and maybe a little of Tony Robbins,” Burke says adding that playing an outright villain is a chance to have some wild fun after repeat performances as Charlie Swan in The Twilight Saga.
“Everybody’s almost the bad guy in this thing,” says Burke, “[King] is just the worst guy. It’s a pretty rare moment for me when I really go that far over the top. Sometimes when something gets stuck up my ass, I can be pushed to go there. But I normally don’t like to. I like to stay within the boundaries of what I think is realistic. But in this movie nothing is realistic. There are places that I can go that I have enjoyed going.”
And for anyone going to Comic-Con this week, Summit is holding a panel Friday from 2:15-3:15 for Drive Angry (please keep in mind that this film is rated R)
DRIVE ANGRY 3D – In a Comic-Con exclusive, stars of the film including Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner, Amber Heard as well as director Patrick Lussier will debut footage from the high-octane, blood-spattered road trip through hell. In this newest action horror shot in 3D, a vengeful father hunts down the people who brutally killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby.