Bryan Mills is fairly stoic. Does he change much between the first film and this one?
He’s a bit mellower, I think. Having gone through the horror of the first film, and because of the success of retrieving his daughter, his notoriety has traveled and these major politicians and sheiks want him to be in their camp. He organizes the security situation. He’s still retired from his special-forces group, but he takes private commissions.
You’ll be 60 in June, yet you’re now as serious an ass-kicker as any younger action star. What’s your prep like?
I had to up my pushups and sit-ups. There’s quite a bit of running, and quite a bit of fighting. There are some real nasty bad guys here.
Where did the film shoot?
We shot in Istanbul for five or six weeks before Christmas, then we were in L.A. for a week, and then we were in Paris earlier this year, and I have to go back over soon because there are a few little scenes we can improve. It’ll be lovely to see Famke again, and Maggie. We make a good team, the girls in my life.
Can we expect many more films in this series?
We joke about doing Taken 3, Taken 4, Taken 5, and so on. It’s funny to be doing this at 60. I just hope my knees hold up.
Maybe in Taken 10 that’s what will go missing — functioning joints.
[Laughs] I’d better hold on to those.