Video game "Max Payne" comes to life on the big screen

Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg, left) closely monitorsthe actions of Jason Colvin (Chris O'Donnell, right), a pharmaceuticalsexecutive. The movie Max Payne, inspired by the third-person shooter videogame, will be screened in the Philippines starting October 15.

The soon-to-be-released actionflick Max Payne starring Mark Wahlberg gathers talented supporting leadactors composed of Chris O'Donnell, Amaury Nolasco, Beau Bridges, and ChrisLudacris Bridges who bring validity to their respective roles in the movie.

In Max Payne, Mark Wahlberg plays a cop whose family and partner arebrutally murdered. He penetrates the underworld to find those responsible forthe murders. Payne finds that he faces both very powerful enemies, both realand beyond imagination, that are conspiring to keep the devastating truthhidden—and Max to be forever silenced.

Trying to help Max sort through the web of intrigue, mystery, violence andsupernatural terror is B.B. Hensley (Beau Bridges), a former cop and mentor toMax. B.B. now runs security for thehuge pharmaceutical company Aesir. "Thecharacter of B.B. Hensley is vital to this story and Beau gives him validity,"says director Moore. But like so muchof Max Payne, there's more to B.B. than meets the eye. Adds Moore, hinting at the character'scomplexity: "That we were able to getBeau to play B.B., one of the greatest ‘twist' characters that we've seen in along time, was quite something."

Bridges says he immediately responded to the character. "B.B. has a maskon. You're really never sure who thereal person is, whether he's a good guy or a bad guy. The style of this film is very mysterious; there are twists andturns and sudden changes in characters. As an actor it's a wonderful thing to be a part of."

Another character who surprises is Internal Affairs Agent Jim Bravura, ano-nonsense official who has taken a personal interest in Max's case. Famed hip-hop star Chris "Ludacris" Bridgesportrays Bravura. "Bravura is the oneperson in the film that you feel has a sense of what's going on," saysBridges. "He knows there's a storybehind Max's actions, and he's determined to uncover the truth. Internal Affairs guys aren't usually themost likable. I tried to make Bravuralook like he could fit into that world but at the same time be an admirableguy."


"Bravura is strong at heart and strong minded," Bridges continues. "He's young,but he's very wise and takes nothing from nobody. I think that he and Max have a kind of unspoken relationshipwhere they pretty much understand one another. They're both very tough and cansee past anyone's games."

Also taking on key roles areChris O'Donnell and Amaury Nolasco. Chris O'Donnell portrays Jason Colvin, apharmaceuticals executive that figures in Max's nightmare journey ofredemption. Colvin is a pawn who is inway over his head in a high-stakes plot that has ensnared not only Max, butwhich threatens the lives of untold others.

Nolasco is Jack Lupino, a combat vet now ensconced in the drugunderworld. For Max Payne, thepopular actor, who portrays a likable prison escapee on the hit series PrisonBreak, imbues Lupino with a shocking and bigger-than-life ferocity. "I was really intrigued by Lupino'sdarkness," says Nolasco. "He's beyondtough, but in some ways he's a very sad character. He basically lacks asoul. He was a guinea pig in anexperiment—and something went very wrong. In that way, he's more of a victim than a villain."

Max Payne opens October 15 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Foxto be distributed by Warner Bros.





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