Exclusive: Amy Smart Talks Dead Awake, Blood Brothers, Crank 3 and More

While Smart hadn’t worked with Stahl since (interestingly, Smart appeared in Alexandre Aja’s 2008 horror film Mirrors while Stahl took the lead in that film’s Vincent Garcia-directed sequel Mirrors 2 – a fact the actress was surprised to hear), she stated of Stahl (whose other genre projects include Disturbing Behavior, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and the venerated series "Carnivale"), “We stayed friendly but not super close, but I was so happy to work with him again. I think he is such a solid, great actor, and he just brings a lot of weight to whatever project he is working on.

Smart also enjoyed her working relationship with Rose McGowan.

She was really fun,” said the actress. “She’s funny and witty and sarcastic, and while we didn’t have that many scenes together in Dead Awake, we definitely spent a lot of time together in Des Moines, and I think she’s really talented. It was the type of character she’s never played before. She’s known as the gorgeous bombshell who can act, and in this film it was so outside of anything she’s played, and I think she did a great job. I know that she was definitely pushed out of her comfort zone, and what’s fun as an actor is to take risks at things that you think you may fail at and to go for it and to grow and to expand.

As for what else Smart has been up to, she revealed, “I just finished a film earlier this month called Blood Brothers. It’s another hybrid, a family drama slash comedy slash action film. It’s with Ethan Embry (Vacancy, Freakylinks) and the WWE wrestler John Cena. It’s basically about these four siblings - three brothers and a sister - who come together for their father’s funeral and who have all been estranged, and the father’s wish is to bring everyone back together so the sister sort of facilitates that and lies about what’s in the will to bring everyone back together. It’s a great dysfunctional family that then has this incredible challenge that they must overcome.” (Produced by WWE Studios and directed by Michael Pavone, Blood Brothers recently wrapped in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and also stars Michael Rispoli and Boyd Holbrook).

We of course weren’t remiss in questioning Smart as to her character of ‘Eve Lydon’ in the Crank films and whether she’d be interested in returning to the franchise.

A while back I heard that it was a possibility,” hinted the actress. “The second one was so over-the-top. It was like, ‘Let’s try to top the first one!’ It was pure entertainment value. I’m actually slightly scared to see what they would write for a third, but I would be interested in returning. I had such a great time working on both of them, and I love Jason Statham, and we’ve become friends since, and I really like (Crank directors) Brian (Taylor) and Mark (Neveldine) so it would be fun to work with them again. I’m just a little bit wary of where they would want to take my character in the third one! I’m not sure where they could – possibly to the insane asylum!

And while the actress’ current personal interest lies in returning to comedy, Smart hasn’t ruled out the horror genre.

There’s actually this one film called Glimmer that I am supposed to shoot early next year,” she concluded, “and that’s more of a horror film. It’s a supernatural thriller, but it has much more of a horror element. It’s a very original idea, but I think they just maybe switched the director. The script is really good so that’s a possibility coming down the pike.” (Dread posits that Glimmer may perhaps be the feature which Farmhouse director George Bessudo has been rumored as attached to).

Check out the trailer for Dead Awake below, and our thanks to Amy for taking the time to speak with us.

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