Triple Threat is going to be amazing. Not only does it have a great cast (Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa, Tiger Chen and Michael Bisping!), but it’s also directed by Jesse V. Johnson, whose Savage Dog really impressed me. To say I’m looking forward to this one would be an understatement.
So of course I jumped at the chance to interview three of its stars - Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White and Michael Bisping - at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. I normally don’t enjoy doing interviews, but there was no way I could say no to this one.
One of the big draws of this film is the amazing cast. How did you guys get involved with the film?
Scott Adkins: I did two films with the director, Savage Dog and Accident Man. So, we’re on a bit of a roll, and that’s how I came to the project.
Michael Jai White: I came to the project because my friend Scott was in it.
Michael Bisping: And I came to the project because my friend Tony Jaa was in it. I was in xXx and we did the press tour for that. I talked to Mike Selby, a producer of the movie, and he manages Tony Jaa, and things kind of just went from there.
I got to see Savage Dog last week at Fantasia Fest. It was really big with the audience because it has so much gore to go along with the action.
Scott Adkins: Yes. He [director Jesse V. Johnson] loves that.
Is that going to be an element in this movie as well?
Scott Adkins: I don’t think this one will probably be as violent as that. But it is very violent. Jesse loves a bit of violence. Accident Man is very violent. But Triple Threat has a Chinese audience to appease as well and that kind of violence doesn’t go down too well in those parts.
Michael Bisping: I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but I’m involved in a pretty violent scene.
Scott Adkins: (laughs) I wasn’t there for that day, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.
We you guys all together a lot while filming?
Michael Jai White: The three of us were together a lot.
Scott Adkins: We’re the bad guys. They [Tony Jaa, Tiger Chen, Iko Uwais] are the good guys.
So they’re coming for you! You guys are joking around so much here [for real, the interview almost didn’t happen simply because Michael Jai White and Michael Bisping didn’t want to stop telling funny stories to each other], do you mostly just hang out and have fun or do things get serious on set?
Scott Adkins: With these two it turns into a circus.
Michael Bisping: In the best possible way!
Scott Adkins: This film, I had the best time I’ve had on any film. For one, we’re in Thailand, and it’s great to be there. The producer’s treating us very well. Everybody got on really well. There wasn’t one bad egg anywhere.
You guys are in so many great action films. Is there any type of action movie or action premise that you haven’t done yet but really want to try?
Michael Jai White: I know I want to do more action comedy. I want all three of us to do more action comedy.
Michael Bisping: I’d love to do that, but I really want to do something with swords.
Michael Jai White: You mean like back in the day?
Michael Bisping: Medieval stuff.
Scott Adkins: It sounds great, but then you put that suit of armor on and you’re like “This is horrible. I can’t wait to get this off.”
Michael Bisping: Yeah, but still, I’d very much like to do a period thing like that.
(To Scott Adkins) How about you?
Scott Adkins: I’m still waiting to do my martial arts version of Hamlet.
Man, I’d get the first ticket to that.
Scott Adkins: You know, you want to do a Western, you want to do sci-fi…
Michael Jai White: I got a Western coming up.
(To Michael Bisping) You got to hang with Donnie Yen, how was that?
Michael Bisping: Oh yeah, Donnie’s great. He’s a legend of martial arts cinema, but he’s just a cool guy. Scott, you worked with him a bit.
Scott Adkins: I met him for the first time recently at the London Comic-Con. I thought, I’ve done a few movies now, I’m not going to get starstruck. But the people you watch as a kid, when you meet them, that’s when you really do get starstruck. I grew up watching Donnie Yen. So when I met him I got freaked out a little bit.
Michael Jai White: Kind of like one time we walked into a hotel and there was Steven Seagal.
Michael Bisping: Yeah, that was funny. Steven Seagal was staying at the same hotel we were at when we were filming Triple Threat. And we all… well, never mind.