Has Jason Statham called to wish you good luck?
Not yet. I’m sure I’ll cross paths with Jason down the line and we’ll have a good old chat about it then.
Were they always looking for a Brit to fill his shoes?
I don’t know that they were looking for a Brit. But the character is British, so they were looking for someone that could make that believable.
Your Prison Break costar Robert Knepper was in Transporter 3. Did you ask him to give the producers a reference?
[Laughs] I didn’t actually, no. Although I did enjoy Robert’s performance. I thought he was hilarious.
Are you having to do a lot of martial arts training?
I’m doing a bit. I’m on a fitness program at the moment. It’s more stamina work than anything, because we will be shooting for five months and that’s a long time to sustain all the physical activites that we’ve got on the show. The stunt guys that worked on the movies are coordinating all the stunts and the action sequences and everything for the series. They’re all very experienced. I’ll be working with them and whatever I can do, I’ll do.
What kind of driver are you in real life?
[Laughs] Like everybody else in the world: fantastic.
What was the last thing you transported?
Probably my dog to the vet. It went well. We made it back.
A lot of people will know you from Burn Notice. Could you tell me one Bruce Campbell story?
Bruce Campbell! [Laughs] At Comic-Con last year, Bruce basically paid the audience to like him. Every time some one was very complimentary about him he handed them a couple of dollars. It was fantastic. A great strategy on his part.
Will you be adopting it?
I think that just works for Bruce.