Nicolas Cage recalls why he jumped at the offer to play Will Montgomery. "I
would say yes to Simon West on almost anything because I feel one of the best
directors I've ever worked with, and I had a great experience working with him
on Con Air." He asserts, "He's a gentleman and he's an artist and he knows what
he wants. He's supremely confident, he comes in and he sculpts, and then you
have a new way of looking at the scene."
"The core of the story is really about a father's love for his daughter,"
explains Cage, "and Josh Lucas' character Vincent, who kidnaps her and creates
this horrible set of circumstances where I have to find ten million dollars."
Josh Lucas offers, "Nic Cage and I play old great friends who have been doing
this game together for a while, and in this process there's a betrayal between
the two of us and lives shift very badly and very intensively."
He continues, "After what goes down between Nic Cage's character and mine, we
cut to eight years later where you have a character that's not only lost his
mind but lost his dreams and is self destructing on such a level that he is
Lucas, who immediately grasped the challenge of playing the complex role of
Vincent, describes his character by stating, "He is a pretty incredible
creation, in that very rarely in a movie do you see a character go with not just
such an arc, not to use actors terms... but with the sense of seeing him in one
part of his life, and then absolutely the transition to what ends up happening
Danny Huston plays FBI agent Tim Harlend. He explains why he was drawn to the
project by stating; "When I first read the script I felt it had a combination of
action, dialogue, and strong characters that made for an interesting
kaleidoscope and an array of colorful characters."
Director Simon West describes his decision to cast Huston. "I was looking for
somebody that could put a very eccentric twist on this. I didn't want the usual
boring FBI agent who is tracking these guys and immediately make people think,
'Oh, very staid kind of traditional kind of cop,' he explains. "I approached
Danny and he loved the idea of playing this FBI agent and he had some great
ideas: The main one was his hat - he tried on all these hats. And we picked one
that became a major part of his character, this hat that he always wears."
He adds, "Whenever Harlend needs to give anyone any advice he always quotes his
grandmother, grandmother Harlend. And so he has a very dry sense of humor, and
he's a very eccentric, quirky kind of FBI agent."
Harlend's right hand man Fletcher is played by Mark Valley, who Huston pays
compliment to by stating, "He's a wonderful actor, and it was interesting to
start work with him without really knowing him beforehand. So there was sort of
a quick relationship that we had to figure out. But he was really able to help
me in that regard. I felt immediately at ease with him," he explains.
Huston elaborates on their partnership, offering, "Harlend and Fletcher are a
little bit like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, or a Sherlock Holmes type of
situation. At times I must say I think they're a little slapstick, but what's
fun about their relationship is that my character Harlend always sort of expands
on these sort of antidotes, these words of wisdom that are practically riddles.
And Fletcher really is more basic in his approach and just wants to stop the
whole philosophy and get the criminal."
Malin Akerman reveals the moment her character is introduced in the film. "We
meet Riley while she is robbing a bank with her buddies!" she laughs. She's a
pretty tough girl, she's one of the boys."
Describing her first impression after reading the script for STOLEN she
exclaims, "I loved it! I've done a lot of comedy in my past and I've been
searching for something like this."
Director Simon West elaborates, "I've always been a fan of Malin Akerman's work
and I've seen her in a lot of romantic comedies. I always like to take people
from one genre and put them in another, and so I thought it'd be great to try
get someone like her, who can hold her own her own out in a group of guys like
hard talking bank robbers." He adds, "And she's very cute and very funny as
well, and for her to interact with those tough guys I thought would be a great
The intensely challenging role of Montgomery's teenage daughter, Alison, proved
to be very difficult for director Simon West to cast. That is until he met with
actress Sami Gayle. He explains, "I looked at a lot of girls for the part and
it's one of the hardest parts in the film to cast because it has to be a balance
of vulnerable child, but also one strong enough to be put in these terrible
situations and not traumatize the audience. She has to look like she's going to
handle all of this stuff." He adds, "She could be Nic's daughter, and she has
this attitude.. She's a tough New York kid, and she does have that tough outer
shell, but because she's such an accomplished young actress she can go to that
emotional place that I needed in the story. So I'm very lucky to get someone
West reunited with actor M.C. Gainey after many years to cast him for the role
of Hoyt. He compliments, "I've been trying to work with M.C. Gainey for quite a
while since Con Air. I had him in my mind as I was developing the script and his
part started to become written for him. A lot of the dialogue and the lines I
knew would sound great coming out of M.C., and again he delivered in spades."
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