Following on from Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, S. Craig Zahler is back with Dragged Across Concrete, a brutal crime thriller starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn and Tory Kittles. We had the pleasure to sit down with the latter, alongside his director, to discuss this compelling, and somewhat controversial piece of cinema.
Zahler tells us where the idea first originated from, and what his biggest influences were. He comments on the casting of Mel Gibson, and what he perceives to be a continuing theme that runs through his movies. He also discusses the notion of the antihero, and crafting three-dimensional characters that are, to put it frankly, not very nice guys. Meanwhile Kittles tells us what attracted him to the project, and how he became aware of Zahler’s work from Samuel L. Jackson. He tells us what it was like collaborating with Gibson, and whether he has to like a character in order to embody them.
Watch the full interview below:
The film centres on two policemen, one an old-timer (Gibson), the other his volatile younger partner (Vaughn), who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics become the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.
Dragged Across Concrete is released in cinemas on April 19th