Today.Az » Arts & Entertainment » Paul Logan: I kept coming up with creative ways of killing people – PHOTOS
14 October 2010 [12:20] - Today.Az
Paul Logan is quickly stepping up as the next action hero of the enormous B-movie world. With a deadly straight look, perfect body, martial arts skills, Logan is getting better and better, which his latest movies such as “Mega Piranha” and “Ballistica” definitely prove. In this interview, Logan speaks about his work with Hollywood legends, how he fought giant man-eating fish, his erotic films and other things.
Mr Logan, your career, if I am not mistaken, started back in 1996. What were you doing before breaking into movies? Why did you decide to become an actor in the first place?
Yeah, I got my first film "Killers" back in 1996. I was the lead bad guy. Before that I was finishing Chiropractic school. I had passed all parts of my boards and had my clinic hours to do. I got KILLERS, took a leave of abscence and haven't looked back. Acting had always been something that I wanted to do, out here in LA I got the opportunity and jumped on it.
From the info I have, you are a black belt in Okinawa Go-Ju-Ryu karate. When did you start your training? Did you have any one to look up to?
I started training in Karate when I was 13. I was always the skinny kid and got picked on a lot. I took to the karate like a fish to water. I started working out with weights when I was 17. I put a poster of Stallone from Rambo 2 on the back of my dorm room door and said " I want to look like that" I was 6'0", 145lbs. I've gained a little weight since then.
During your career you made some softcore erotic movies. However, later you switched to more action, martial arts and sci-fi. Why did you start doing those softcore movies, and why did not stick to this genre?
It's hilarious, I've done SO many other high-profile projects, Days Of Our Lives, Friends, Angel Smith etc. and people always bring up a movie that shows my butt with fake sex scenes. I was just starting my career and actually used some of the dialog scenes for my demo reel. I didn't do anything different than Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone did in Basic Instinct or Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie in Original Sin, but because my movies were lower budget, I catch Hell for it. It's funny, in hind sight I might do things differently. I always loved action movies and love playing the hero.
One of your latest movies, "Mega Piranha", reportedly, garnered over 2 million viewers on SYFY channel, making the it the most-watched film of the year. What made this project interesting enough for you to accept the part?
"Mega Piranha" was interesting to me because it was an exciting script and I got to play a NAVY SEAL fighting giant piranha. I was able to use my karate and choreograph all of the fight scenes, do my stunt driving and learned how to scuba dive in Belize for the film. It was the second most watched movie ever on "SYFY". I was happy to star in it.
Another sci-fi movie you did "The Terminators" had an interesting idea of cyborg clones invading the earth. And you played all of them. Please, tell us about your experiences of working on this film. Did you ever think about the original Terminator trilogy, or it was just another film to you?
It was great working on "The Terminators". I love all of the original TERMINATOR films and it was fun playing all of the cyborgs. I kept coming up with creative ways of killing people.
Action movie "Ballistica" that you did this year features a lot of familliar faces, such as Martin Kove, Robert Davi, Andrew Divoff. How was it like working on this film? Did you have to undergo a special training for your part of Damian?
It was so much fun working on "Ballistica". I loved working with Martin Kove, he was my boss, kind of the “Trautman” to my “Rambo”. We got along really well and that relationship translates to the screen. Working with Robert and Andrew was great also. They were real pros and fun to work with. As far as training, I got my body in the best physical condition that I could and really trained my martial arts intensely. My character Damian, is a killing machine. I wanted it to look great.
According to some online sources, in pre-production, the storyline had James Lew and Simon Rhee prepare you (Damian) and train you for becoming the CIA Agent. They reportedly also taught you Ballistica techniques. In the film however, the storyline was changed. Do you know why the first one was never used?
I was priveledged to have a fight scene with James Lew and Simon Rhee. They are legends and I got to fight them both at the same time. They were both amazing to work with. As far as an earlier draft of the script, I don't know anything about that. I choreographed all of the BALLISTICA moves. The other fights were choreographed by Cole McCay and myself except for the one with James and Phillip, which obviously they had input on.
Please tell us about the Pelican Bay Poker Club, which you, reportedly have founded. Is it something Paul Logan does, when not working on a movie? Why poker?
I am involved with Pelican Bay Poker Club. Poker is a fun way to relax and have fun with friends.
Click photos to enlarge:
More articles from this author:"Russian bear" from Hollywood: I could not kick a man lying before me - PHOTOS“Terminator T-800”: I used my own training techniques to reach outstanding physical condition for this film - PHOTOSBrent Huff: I was jumping out of helicopters, throwing grenades and shooting M-16's or M-60's - PHOTOSEXCLUSIVE: Damian Chapa nearly dies while shooting "Brando Unathorized", reveals reasonsRon Smoorenburg: All the films I did later, none was as hard to do as the one with Jackie Chan - PHOTOSMartial Arts superstar Loren Avedon talks about Azerbaijan, Quentin Tarantino, shares memories - PHOTOS
Lost Today.Az interview with the "Best Karate fighter in the U.S." - PHOTOSFirst of its kind: Azerbaijani "Street Fighters" film hits the internet - PHOTO - VIDEOStory of a man behind the mask, or someone who made Arnold Schwarzenegger run for his life... - PHOTOSFormer kickboxing champion, Hollywood actor Gary Daniels: I learned a lot from working with Stallone
Legendary martial arts actor Matthias Hues: When you start off at a young age, it becomes your second nature Mehriban Efendi: Sometimes its not so important to know what an artist created, feeling it just might be enough
Today.Az reports from the animal protection event held near Baku Zoo - PHOTOSEurovision-2010: the afterwordsINVISIBLE PEOPLE OF AZERBAIJAN - PHOTOSCult actor James Gaines speaks about his "Philippino action" days, shares memories - PHOTOSCult Hollywood actor Vernon Wells: Schwarzenegger loved pulling pranks, he was like a big kid! - PHOTOSCult Hollywood director shares his memories with Today.AzSilent beauty of the Baku’s Mime Theater – PHOTOSJesse V. Johnson: I use real soldiers, real criminals, and real strippers in my films
conflict expert Scott Taylor: US House Committee may have inadvertently
set the stage for next chapter of bloodshed to begin
Azerbaijani "2010 Sony World Photography Awards" photographer speaks with Today.AzJalal Merhi: I met David Carradine a few months before his death
World famous artist considers Azerbaijan as part of his motherland - PHOTOSHollywood Legend: My fight with Clint Eastwood was the longest two-man fight scene on screenCanadian war journalist Scott Taylor: Armenia can't move on forward with closed borders - PHOTOSJerry Trimble: It was a pleasure to fight Tom Cruise - PHOTOSTim Abell: Most heroes and villains share many of the same qualities on the screenDamian Chapa: Everyone asks me why I did a movie about Roman Polanski"Queen of martial arts movies" Cynthia Rothrock: I didn't like karate, it was hard for me - PHOTOS