You can win an early DVD copy of Final Score this Saturday 15th December at the UK Wrestling Training Centre (doors 6:30pm)
Sky Movies & Signature Entertainment proudly present former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) in British action spectacular FINAL SCORE on Digital HD December 21 and DVD & Blu-ray December 26.
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It’s Die Hard in a football stadium when an ex-soldier (Dave Bautista, Guardians of the Galaxy) must use all his lethal fighting skills to save 35,000 fans and prevent mass destruction when deadly Russian terrorists take Upton Park under siege in the Sky Original’s film, Final Score.
Believing his traitorous brother Dimitri (Pierce Brosnan, Goldeneye) is somewhere in the stadium, Arkady (Ray Stevenson, Thor trilogy), the former leader of a revolution in the Russian state of Sukovia, locks down the Boleyn Ground during the European semi-final between West Ham United and Dynamo FCC. In the crowd with his niece, Danni (Lara Peake), is US- veteran Mike Knox (Bautista), who stumbles upon the plot and goes about taking out Arkady’s heavily armed team. Can he get to Arkady before Arkady gets to Dimitri? The fate of 35,000 people inside the stadium – and many more in Russia – depends on it…
Starring Dave Bautista, Pierce Brosnan, Ray Stevenson, Lara Peake, Amit Shah and Martyn Ford. Final Score is directed by Scott Mann (Heist).
Casting Pierce Brosnan, an international star who had four times played James Bond, was a smart move for the film, but equally smart was securing the man-mountain ex-WWE wrestler Dave Bautista – at the time best-known for playing Drax in the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies and henchman Hinx in Bond film, Spectre – as the lead.
“I cast Dave in Heist and he surprised me by how good he was and how seriously he took the work,” says director Scott Mann. “Wrestling had instilled a sense of discipline [in him], and it is also about performance. So I had a lot of faith in Dave. But we originally talked about him playing Arkady because the lead was, at that time, a Brit. But Dave wanted to play Knox. I talked to the writers about changing the dynamic, making it an American at a ‘soccer’ match, and what you could do with that. The process was so alive.”
“I was looking for more leading roles,” says Bautista. “It’s easy for me to step into the role of villain, I wanted to play the hero for a change so people could see me in a different light; I’m still trying to prove myself as an actor.”
Neither Mann nor the producers were against the idea. Noting that Bautista is, in real life, a joyful, hugely likeable guy with a big personality, they saw an opportunity to show a different side of him on screen. “We all worked very closely on the character of Michael Knox,” says Bautista. “We had to alter a lot. We had to make him American because me trying to pull off a Brit accent or any knowledge of football would just be insulting to our audience! And I didn’t want to make Mike a generic character, like the cold-blooded assassin, ex-Navy Seal type guy that we’ve seen a million times before. I wanted people to care about these characters.”
“When we cast Dave he was one of the Guardians but Blade Runner 2049 was yet to come out, Guardians 2 was yet to come out… he was still a bit of an unknown quantity,” notes Goldberg. “But he really delivered and we feel it couldn’t have been anyone else playing that character.”
Brosnan, who knows a star performance when he sees one, was certainly impressed: “He’s passionate, he’s got the commitment, he’s got the strength physically and emotionally, and he wants it,” he says. “I wish him every success. He’s a good bloke. A top man.”
Signature Entertainment & Sky Cinema present Final Score on Digital HD December 21 and DVD & Blu-ray December 26
15 Cert, 102mins, Includes 12min “Making of” Featurette