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Video:The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - Luke Ford Interview

with Rebecca Murray

The 3rd movie of 'The Mummy' franchise-'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'-hits theaters this summer with a couple of new additions to the cast. Maria Bello takes over for Rachel Weisz and Australian Luke Ford plays the part of Alex O'Connell.See Transcript

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Transcript:The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - Luke Ford Interview

Rebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Leatherheads.

Luke Ford ('Alex' in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor)

You're starring in one of the summer's big movies. What's it feel like to be a part of that?

Luke Ford: "Nervous. It feels very honored. It's a great experience. This is what I dreamed of as a kid, to make a big swashbuckling action film with Rob Cohen as the director and Brendan and Jet Li as the Mummy, and Maria Bello who's got a lot of spunk. It's quite humbling. I mean, every kid around the world would want to play my role so I'm grateful I got it. It's like winning the lotto. I won the lotto, just not financially yet."

And being a part of this franchise?

Luke Ford: "It was big shoes to fill. Brendan's such a great entertainer and a great actor, and he had such a big impact and made these films, which were a huge hit. And then he's sharing it with me a little bit now, and with the rest of the cast. You know, I really enjoyed working with him and taking that onboard so I hope it does well. I hope I live up to the expectations of the fans, and everything like that. We'll see how we go."

Is there a lot of wirework and greenscreen? What's it like for you to deal with that?

Luke Ford: "There was a lot of wirework because I mean Jet Li is the Mummy so that kind of means there's going to be a lot of martial arts involved, and flying and kicking. Yeah, I was wired up and that was great fun, the harness and spinning around. They really were thorough on it and made sure it was full of wirework. And Michelle Yeoh is in it and she's great with the wirework, so it was good."

So you actually have to face off against Jet Li?

Luke Ford: "It's a tag team between me and Brendan, just quietly. Well, we couldn't beat him on our own. It's Jet Li you know, and that would be a bit unrealistic to fans. So I guess we're doing a little bit more of a tag team. Brendan kind of gets more of it because he's more the adult. He's fought a lot more than I have, you know? But I do get a fair share of crack the whip with him so hopefully it's good. I haven't actually seen it."

So is this one passing the franchise on to you? Will we see a spin-off with you as the lead character?

Luke Ford: "I don't think that's where they want to go. I mean, if they do, they do. But I mean…"

You'd be okay with that?

Luke Ford: "I would be. It would be pretty hard because I respect Brendan a lot. I think Brendan's such a big entity with The Mummy. He is The Mummy, so I would rather like continue working with him. He's such a great actor, and Maria and the whole family relationship is so good in the film. There's a great banter between us, so I really hope that we can all carry it on together. But if they happen to ask me to do it, then, well, I'll probably have to do it. I'd love to do it."

Did they sign you on for more than one film?

Luke Ford: "Yeah, they did. They did. They signed me on for three but they didn't say primarily it's for me to take over the series. I don't think that's where they want to go with it."

So how does this one differ from the past Mummy films?

Luke Ford: "Oh this one differs very much so. Well, it's not Egypt anymore – it's China. And I think there's a certain maturity about this film. It goes into a bit more darker and mysterious, and a little bit more rough around the edges in some ways. And it's changed directors – Rob Cohen. I mean not that Stephen Sommers, he loves the project but he passed it on to Rob because he's got other projects to work on."

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