THE ITALIAN JOB
About The Story
tunnels, careening down sidewalks and going where no car and human have gone
before, "The Italian Job" gang and the MINIs give a new meaning to
"run for the money," in one of the best chase scenes ever captured on
film. Integral to Charlie Croker's plan to re-steal the gold, the unique
little cars, like the rest of the film's stellar cast, turn in powerful
performances bound to make audiences cheer.
Moviegoers also will be
rooting for each member of the charismatic crew in "The Italian Job,"
led by the brains behind both heists, Charlie Croker. Portrayed by Mark Wahlberg.
Charlie is a crook with a lot of heart, and this versatile actor certainly has
the charm for the role.
your average bad guy: he's a likable thief," says Wahlberg. known for
playing controversial roles in such films as "Boogie Nights" and
"Three Kings." "He's smart, he's playful and he gets the job
done. Diverse characters are more interesting to play, and Charlie has several
sides to him, not to mention a lot of spirit.''
In fact, all of the
actors developed a great team spirit not unlike that of the gang in the film,
and everyone truly seemed happy to be along for the ride.
wonderful to work with people whom you respect and admire," adds Wahlberg.
"The cast in this film is absolutely unbelievable."
Charlize Theron, who
portrays the nimble-fingered safecracker, Stella, couldn't agree more. "I'm
a huge fan of everyone in this film including the MINIs," says the actress,
who proved to be one of the more proficient drivers onscreen and off. "This
is a wonderful character-driven piece. and the way the cars are worked into the
plot, they're just as much a part of the cast as any one of us.
In fact, director F.
Gary Gray couldn't have been happier with his diversified cast, pointing out
that each actor brought something different to the film that was invaluable.
"Mark Wahlberg has
a quiet intelligence just right for the master planner he portrays, and Charlize
Theron brings a rare combination of beauty and credibility to her role of
Stella," says Gray. "You never doubt her ability to crack a safe or
hold her own in a group of guys."
As for Edward Norton,
who portrays Steve Frezelli, the cold-hearted villain among the gang of thieves,
Gray understands the fine line that Norton had to walk. Since everyone must work
together like a well-oiled machine while pulling off the initial heist, Norton
had to play Steve with a real poker face, careful not to tip his hand and let on
that he had a master plan of his own.
"Edward has a
great range and the ability to breathe life into any character," says Gray.
"Even though he's playing a guy that's supposed to lack personality
someone who is all about greed — he manages to pack his performance with a lot
The supporting cast is
also multi-layered, ranging from Seth Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def and Franky G
— all of whom prove to have tremendous comedic timing to Donald Sutherland,
whose venerable charm stays with the film long after his memorable character is
no longer onscreen. In addition, Shawn Eanning of N
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