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STOLEN


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 beyond damaged."

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 to him."

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 combination."

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 like that."

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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