Classically-trained actor, Ron Perlman, ups the ante in the action-packed adventure flick, Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption—available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet, DVD and Digital Download January 10, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption is the latest chapter in the Scorpion King movie franchise. The series, a spin-off to The Mummy, follows the life of Mathayus the Scorpion King, a character featured in The Mummy Returns. Scorpion King 3, directed by Roel Reine (Death Race 2), features Ron Perlman in the role of King Horus of Egypt, Victor Webster as Mthayus, and Billy Zane as Talus, the evil tyrant.
Perlman, 61, is known for his roles in such films as Hellboy, Drive, Season of the Witch, Blade II, Alien: Resurrection, Enemy at the Gates and The Name of the Rose, to name but a few. Perlman has also made a strong mark in television, most particularly, since 2008, in the role of Clarence “Clay” Morrow, the motorcycle gang leader of FX’s hit show Sons of Anarchy.
We spoke to Perlman over the phone from New York City in late December.
PLAYBOY.COM: Scorpion King: Battle for Redemption is about to premiere. Where was the movie filmed?
RON PERLMAN: In Thailand, exclusively. At least my part of it was.
PLAYBOY.COM: What was it like to shoot there?
PERLMAN: It was kind of a revelation. It was beautiful. It was my first trip to Thailand, and I just so loved the country and the culture. And getting a sense of how other people in the world—particularly in parts of the world as exotic as that— go through life. I got the chance to discover the splendiferous Bangkok. And then some more remote parts of Thailand that very few people get to see.
It’s a privilege being an actor, and being able to discover the world not as a tourist, but as someone who’s actually invested there and working alongside people who know only Thailand. So you’re kind of getting it from their mindset, because you’re on an equal plane.
PLAYBOY.COM: So does that kind of sense of dislocation, or foreignness help shape the way that you create the fantastic universe of Scorpion King?
PERLMAN: It doesn’t hurt. But you know, you’ve got to be able play that guy if you’re in Thailand or if you’re in Burbank. So much of what we do is a result of our imaginations, and thinking: ‘What would it be like if I was in the world of 1,600 years ago and these were the conditions?’ Being in Thailand and being in a place that’s new and exotic probably feeds into that quite well.
PLAYBOY.COM: There’s a lot of sword action happening in Scorpion King. What kind of weapons master teaches people sword-wielding skills these days?
PERLMAN: Actually, did you ever hear of a movie called Ong-Bak...Oh my god it’s one of the great action adventure martial arts movies. It’s this Thai movie that came out about two, three years ago. And now it’s going to be a franchise, a series, because it was so mind-blowingly cool. I saw it with my son, who is a martial artist. The guy who did all of the fight choreography in Ong-Bak, [Panna Rittikrai], did [the stunt choreography] for Scorpion King. So I got a chance to work with somebody who had already blown my mind. And it’s kind of an honor to be around a guy like that. You just listen to everything he says and you know you’re in amazingly good hands, and that if you just follow his lead you’re probably going to look okay. Because everything you’ve seen him do looks way, way more than okay.