I was very sickly as a kid and had a lot of allergies, so martial arts gave me the chance to feel strong.
I like the old school heavy metal bands like AC/DC and Aeromith. I like that type of music. As the director, I tried to influence the type of music the bands in the movie would play.
Nicolas Cage is a great actor and he's done some good action movies too.
There are a lot of great athletes who stop working out, and they get out of shape like everybody else in their 30s and 40s.
When I started studying acting in New York, I didn't plan to be an action hero. I just wanted to learn acting because I felt it was something I needed to try to do for myself, to express something, my inner pain, or something I couldn't get out.