THE MECHANIK / The Russian Specialist (Dolph Lundgren, 2005)

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Postby Jox on 04 Jul 2018, 20:30

Oh yeah that was a great story/anecdote from Bryan HIll!
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Re: THE MECHANIK / The Russian Specialist (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Jox on 31 Jan 2019, 14:33

Writer Bryan E. Hill (who went on to have a great career, in comics / graphic novels among other things):
https://twitter.com/bryanedwardhill/sta ... 4384952320
Dolph's amazing. First job and he flew me out to his home in Spain. We watched Leone movies and John Ford films and talked westerns before we developed the script. He loves film and never treated me like I didn't know what I was doing... even though I didn't know what I was doing.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / The Russian Specialist (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Jox on 30 Aug 2019, 09:56

Writer Bryan E. Hill:
ZONE 414 will be the second produced script.

The first was THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST from back in the day. Shout out to @Dolph_Lundgren

Dolph was one of the FIRST people to believe in me. Real talk. He got the whole thing started. Always have love and respect for him.
https://twitter.com/bryanedwardhill/sta ... 2767279104
Quick Dolph story.

I wrote THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST with him in Spain. He made sure I was comfortable and felt welcome the whole time. He let me borrow his phone to call international to my mother. I broke it. He just gave me another.

He also had the HE-MAN sword in his house.
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Dropped it down an escalator. I was VERY nervous. First job. First time in Spain. Dolph was/is a hero of mine. He was patient with my dumb ass, hahahaha.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / The Russian Specialist (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby savagesketch on 01 Apr 2020, 08:07

New episode is here, this time discussing one of D’s best films — the violent and gritty gem that is THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST! Brenton Haysom From All Outta Bubblegum joins the show once again to chat Lundgren’s second round as star-director! Listen in as we gladly crack open a couple Russian stouts to commemorate this film from 2006!

https://imustbreakthispodcast.wordpress ... -mechanik/

As always, please feel free to rate and review the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you go to subscribe!
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Re: THE MECHANIK / The Russian Specialist (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Moltisanti on 03 Apr 2020, 03:42

Loved listening to this one. Hit on all the points as to why it's one of Dolph's best.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / The Russian Specialist (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Jox on 24 Apr 2020, 14:51

Finally listened to it!

I hope you don't mind me contributing with a few notes:

- I think forgot to mention THE MINION in which Dolph also played a supposedly Russian character :mrgreen:

- Now believe me or not, Dolph did not consciously think of RED SCORPION (or THE PUNISHER as mentioned) when he crafted THE MECHANIK or named his character...! But the subconscious may have made its way into his creative process...?
What was in his mind was to make a kind of hybrid Clint Eastwood / Charles Bronson / Sam Peckinpah type of "noir western". Also OPEN RANGE had come out the year they filmed THE MECHANIK, and I think it influenced him quite a bit as well for the big finale...

- They actually did go to St. Petersburg to film for a couple of days with Ben Cross, DP Ross Clarkson, and a small crew (just like they did in Moscow for COMMAND PERFORMANCE).

- Sony did not have any pull or say in the editing or else, they picked up the US distribution rights quite late in the game. Then when it did well they approached Dolph to make a movie for them and they financed MISSIONARY MAN, cheaply (budget was maybe half of THE MECHANIK or less), and with more control, which did not help... The 90-95 minutes rule is a usual thing with distributors worldwide for these kind of films so they can easily sell the TV rights so that's like an unwritten rule not to hit 100 min or even 95.

- TAKEN had Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp studio behind it. They had pull, money, a reportedly $20-25 million movie, and a lot of influence in the business (plus a widely renown star) so of course it got a wide theatrical release worldwide even though yes, it's essentially the same of kind of film as THE MECHANIK...
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Re: THE MECHANIK / The Russian Specialist (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Nathan on 19 Aug 2020, 11:14

Heard yesterday, what a shame. 72 is pretty young these days. He was one of Dolph's most charismatic co-stars.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / The Russian Specialist (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby preacher on 19 Aug 2020, 11:18

RIP indeed.
He was so good in The Mechanik. Really elevated the movie with his sincere, funny and emotional performance.
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