The Best Man | Shane Dax Taylor on Directing as Homage to Old Action Popcorn Flicks

Dolph Lungren in The Best Man

Dolph Lungren in The Best Man

The 80s and 90s action flicks are certainly a guilty pleasure in the vein of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Steven Seagal.  

These skilled military heroes can take on a slew of mercenaries with cunning shoot-em-up and hand-to-hand combats. In The Best Man, a group of retired ex-soldiers must battle a group of evil mercenaries after they crash a wedding at a casino.

The film stars Brendan Fehr (Roswell, Final Destination), Nicky Whelan (Hall Pass, Knight of Cups), Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, The Runaways), Scott Martin (Big Kill, Don’t Kill It) with Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, Masters of the Universe) and Luke Wilson (Old School, The Royal Tenenbaums). Shane Dax Taylor wrote and directed the movie.

Here is the official synopsis:

Luke Wilson and Dolph Lundgren star in this pulse-pounding, action-packed thriller. When a team of ruthless mercenaries violently seize control of a remote resort hotel, former Special Ops soldiers attending their best friend’s wedding must rely on their wits and training to combat the terrorists and save the hostages held for ransom.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with director and writer Shane Dax Taylor. He spoke of his love for action flicks, the casino hotel resort, his cast, and the production with lookie-loos on the premises.

Shane Dax Taylor started his career in sports in various capacities at ESPN, which later led him to become a producer of live sporting events covering MLB, NFL, PGA, MLS, The Olympics, and college football. Eventually, he moved on to directing documentaries for ESPN that included the Triple Crown Horse Racing, Duke Basketball, and Peyton Manning. His debut feature film, The Grey, won praise at the 2003 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The sophomore feature film Bloodworth starred Kris Kristofferson and Val Kilmer. Lionsgate’s Isolation became his third film that starred Dominic Purcell and Stephen Lang. Recently, he wrapped shooting the ski comedy The Christmas Classic with Malin Akerman and Amy Smart.

The Best Man is in select theaters tomorrow, April 21. It will also be available digitally and On Demand.

Watch the exclusive interview with Shane Dax Taylor below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Saban Films

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