Karl Urban Talks Dredd


Question: What have Matt Damon, Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and a job lot of Orcs got in common? Answer: they've all been on the receiving end of some serious punishment from Karl Urban, New Zealand's action star in the making. "For a while there I was the studio's go-to guy if they wanted their star almost killed," he laughs when he speaks to Empire from his Auckland home.


With the Kiwi only ten weeks from donning that iconic helmet to play Dredd, the perps of Mega City One will already be quaking in their boots. Rest assured this will be nothing whatever like the Sylvester Stallone version. "I think somewhere along the line Stallone's film was a missed opportunity," says Urban. "As soon as he took his helmet off the enigma was blown. Our film is going to be darker in tone, and we've got the benefit of modern filmmaking and technology to help us."


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