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THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESSYNOPSISArthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code andunique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professionalperfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when hismentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything butdetached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead.His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches himwith the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop hasalways acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's son. A methodical hit man takesan impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly mentorship is born. But while inpursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fixproblems become problems themselves.Jason Statham (The Expendables, The Italian Job) and Ben Foster (The Messenger, 3:10to Yuma) star, alongside Donald Sutherland (The Italian Job) and Tony Goldwyn (TheLast House on the Left), in The Mechanic for CBS Films in association with MillenniumFilms. A Chartoff Winkler Production and Nu Image Production, Simon West (LaraCroft: Tomb Raider, Con Air) directs from a screenplay by Richard Wenk (16 Blocks)and Lewis John Carlino (1972‟s The Mechanic, story also by Lewis John Carlino).The film is produced by David Winkler, Bill Chartoff, and Rene Besson. Irwin Winklerand Robert Chartoff are executive producers, alongside Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort,Trevor Short and Boaz Davidson.This film has been rated R by the MPAA for “Strong brutal violence throughout,language, some sexual content and nudity.”www.TheMechanicMovie.com© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 2


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESABOUT THE PRODUCTIONA PROJECT OVER 15 YEARS, AND 2 FAMILIES, IN THE MAKINGBringing a new version of the 1972 genre classic, and Charles Bronson- starrer, TheMechanic to a modern day audience has been an incredibly memorable experience forproducers David Winkler and Bill Chartoff - this due in part to the fact that their fathers,the legendary producing team of Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, produced theoriginal (and are serving as executive producers on the current version). After spendinga decade and a half developing the project, the sons‟ goal of bringing the property backto the big screen has finally come to fruition.The Mechanic isn‟t the first property they‟ve worked on with ties to their fathers (theyproduced 2006‟s Rocky Balboa, the most recent installment of the iconic Rockyfranchise their fathers launched in the „70s) but they have always held a special affinityfor this project throughout the years.“The 1972 Mechanic was essentially the first in what turned out to be an entire sub--genre – the hit man sub-genre,” notes Bill Chartoff. “It was a very interesting take on athriller and subsequently led to many other hit man films. David and I always thoughtscreenwriter Lewis John Carlino, who also wrote The Great Santini and many otherwonderful films, created a truly unique story, and a new kind of hero in main characterArthur Bishop.”As Irwin Winkler recalls, the character of Arthur Bishop was one of the primary factorsfor taking on the original project nearly 40 years ago. “Carlino sent over his script andBob and I responded to it immediately. Bishop was a very original character, especiallyfor the time - a lonely hit man who seeks human contact and companionship. He takeson an apprentice but, ultimately, that need for a fuller, more humanistic life becomes hisdownfall.”Though the original film was successful (particularly in the international marketplace), itdidn‟t reach „genre classic‟ status until years later. In the „70s, films didn‟t have theextended life after theatrical release that films have today. It was only when Cable andDVD surfaced in the following decade that The Mechanic ‟s exposure grew and anincreased fan base emerged.“People would come up to Bob and I to say they had just discovered The Mechanic andwondered if we ever thought about remaking it,” remembers Irwin Winkler. “Wehonestly were surprised by the interest because we had almost forgotten about the filmin some respects.”But the response was undeniable and, fifteen to twenty years after filming the original,the men soon found themselves teaming up with their sons to develop what IrwinWinkler refers to as a “re-imagining” of the 1972 version.The first order of business was the script.© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 3


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESAfter a few early drafts took the story too far from its roots (it started to resemble moreof a spy thriller), the producers re-directed the script‟s focus back to the foundation ofthe original – the relationship between Arthur Bishop and his apprentice SteveMcKenna.In the story, Bishop‟s mentor and close friend Harry McKenna is killed and his deathhas a profound effect on the character. In turn, he agrees to train Harry‟s estranged sonSteve who, hungry for revenge on those responsible for his father‟s killing, wants tobecome an assassin.“It‟s a classic mentor/protégé relationship, and in some ways similar to that of a fatherand son – a relationship wrought with layers and complications but also with amythological and Freudian nature,” describes Bill Chartoff. “This dynamic elevated theoriginal film from other genre films of its time and to this day makes The Mechanic anengaging action thriller.”Arthur Bishop and Steve McKenna‟s relationship would remain the core of the story butother elements would have to be updated for The Mechanic to be appreciated byaudiences today who have different expectations for an action thriller than those of the„70s.“Films of the „70s relied more on mood and atmosphere, “ notes Bill Chartoff.“Audiences today expect a drama that is logical and motivated.Once the script started to take shape, the next step would be to find a director who couldhandle a character -based film loaded with action. Enter Simon West.“I had never seen the original Mechanic. What attracted me to the project was thepremise itself,” remarks West. “There have been a lot of hit man movies over the yearsbut this one is different because the assassin makes each killing look like an accident.He doesn‟t just shoot people or blow them up in a simple, obvious way. This level ofintricacy makes for a far more ingenious and clever story. Arthur Bishop is great at whathe does, but he isn‟t ruthless, which I found very appealing.”From the producers‟ perspective, West was a natural fit for the project. His filmography,which includes Con Air, The General’s Daughter and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, easilydemonstrates he knows his way around an action sequence but is also great withcharacter. “This kind of film is really Simon‟s forte,” notes Bill Chartoff.“The moment Simon came on board, he put a lot of time and effort into building thecharacters,” continues Chartoff. “It was very important to him that they be complex, notmere caricatures. He wanted them to be relatable with motivations that lent credence tothe plot and the story.”West found Bishop particularly relatable for the stage Bishop is at in his career. “Bishopis at a point in his life where he‟s at the top of his game but he‟s just not sure it worksfor him anymore. I think that‟s something people can identify with.”© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 4


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTES“The idea of Ben Foster as Steve McKenna came to me right away,” says West. “He‟s asupreme actor. He has levels to his acting that are „Brandoesque‟ just ready to erupt.”The casting of Statham and Foster worked both on screen and off. As Bill Chartoffnotes, “when the two actors are on-screen together you just can‟t take your eyes offthem.”West attributes their chemistry to their commonalities despite their personal differences– “They have very different personalities but they do overlap in a lot of ways. They bothhave the same passion for realism; character realism and visual realism. I could havecast people who were similar but I think it would have been bland. They come from verydifferent backgrounds, different countries and upbringings, but they work well togetheras actors. Because they are opposites of sorts, there are great sparks between them.”Statham was impressed by Foster‟s talent and work ethic. “He‟s just a riveting actorwith great energy. He does his homework and he‟s full of great ideas. He also reallypushed himself beyond the call of duty for the role. Some of the stunts we were doingwere very scary at the best of times, even for someone like myself who does stunts for aliving.”When asked about Statham, Foster comments on how gifted he is, not just athletically,but given his range as an actor. “Jason is very funny. We had a lot of laughs. I was a fanof his before we met - his performances in The Bank Job, Lock Stock, and the Crankfilms. He‟s an extremely gifted guy and does some fine, subtle work in this film.”The two leads are complimented by a small but very strong supporting cast led bylegendary actor Donald Sutherland in the role of Bishop‟s friend and mentor, andSteve‟s father, Harry McKenna. Though the character is only on screen a short time,Harry is a very important character to the story.“Harry is in a sense a linchpin of the drama,” states Bill Chartoff. “His death issignificant in the motivations of the characters and plot.”The filmmakers were thrilled when Sutherland signed on to play the part. “Donald is justso skillful,” says Chartoff. “On set, we were really watching a master at work. He was ajoy to have around. He really took the role of Harry McKenna in a very warm andfascinating direction.”For Sutherland, The Mechanic was a chance to work once again with a few oldcolleagues, and with a director whose work he admired.“I worked with Irwin and Bob over 40 years ago (on 1968‟s The Split and 1974‟sS*P*Y*S) and I did The Italian Job with Jason. The opportunity to work with themagain, and to work with Simon, attracted me to the project.”“Donald is so good and very committed to his craft,” says Irwin Winkler. “He‟s beenacting for so long but it‟s like he‟s a kid just out of school – he‟s still so enthusiastic© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 6


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESprocess every step of the way. He loves to get in there and get his hands dirty.”The process of putting a stunt together is quite extensive. For The Mechanic ‟s stuntteam it included walking the location, typing out an entire „story line‟ for the stuntsequence, shooting renditions of the stunt on a high def camera and continually revisingthe stunt per Jason and the filmmakers‟ input every step of the way. By the time eachstunt sequence was shot, the stunt crew and filmmakers knew exactly what they aregetting into.But as prepared as the stunt team was going into the actual shoot days, they were alwaysflexible for creating and re-creating elements on set.Action Designer and 2nd Unit Director David Leitch recalls a change that was made onthe day of shooting a „battle scene‟ between Dean Anderson and Bishop and Steve onthe streets of New Orleans. “We had developed a bunjee rig for one of the stunts using atire and chain to make it look like Bishop was protecting himself from being harmed in aparticular maneuver but Jason said „No, I want it more raw. Bishop wouldn‟t have hadthose things.‟ So we swapped the rig out. It actually created a much more violent, moreaction-y, cool look.”For Ben Foster, diving into the stunts was something he was both excited about andfrightened of at the same time. “Doing a film like The Mechanic is really a boy‟s dream.We‟ve all played with sticks as guns in backyards as kids. This film gave me permissionto do those kinds of things as a grownup – it‟s boys with guns doings bad things to badpeople.”One stunt in particular turned out to be of particular challenge for Foster – propellingdown 30 stories of a high-rise, 350 feet in the air. “Hanging from a single wire anddropping isn‟t that difficult,” Foster explains. “It‟s the four minute climb up that makesyou question why you didn‟t let the stunt man do it. It was almost a relief to fall. Afterthe second take, I didn‟t want to stop.“It helped that Statham was there to give Foster advice. “He told me to find a point on thehorizon line and focus on it,” recalls Foster. “Unfortunately, the wire started to spin so Icouldn‟t find the point. Just saying „f*ck it‟ gives you a lot of freedom.” The actionscenes ended up being Foster‟s favorite part of filming.THE MECHANIC SETS UP SHOP IN NEW ORLEANSA film‟s location ultimately ends up playing a character in the film. For The Mechanic,that character is New Orleans. As Bill Chartoff describes, “the mood and atmosphere ofa location bleeds as if through osmosis into the feeling of a movie.”The decision to shoot The Mechanic in New Orleans was made primarily based on thefact that the city has an international feel and could stand in for multiple geographiclocations (the film‟s various settings include Chicago, D.C., and South America).© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 8


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESLocation Manager Batou Chandler scouted the city and surrounding areas for just theright locations. She had seen the original film and used its tone and energy as inspiration- though the filmmakers would ultimately take a more modern approach to the look ofthe new version.The locations were incredibly diverse. Key locations used in the film include the NewOrleans World Trade Center which, though just a shell from Katrina, stood in for a highrisehotel; a house/wellness center with a mid - century modern feel in the bayou whichserved as Bishop‟s home (they scouted this location by boat as Bishop would seeminglylive in an isolated dwelling only accessed by waterways); the french quarter for Bishop‟ssultry lover‟s apartment; and a house in the city that looked like a dwelling out of PalmSprings for the setting of a hit on an opposing assassin.Many of the locations were virtual facades due to Katrina damage. The filmmakers builtout the interiors of some (such as „the Palm Springs house‟) and built interiors on a stagefor others (such as the „hotel‟s‟ penthouse apartment, where another hit takes place).Production Designer Richard Lassalle has been working with West for some time nowon various projects so when Simon asked him to head to New Orleans, he was delightedto hop on a plane. All of the sets had to be laid out in careful detail but none reflectedcharacter as extensively as Bishop‟s house.“I designed Bishop‟s house to be modestly sophisticated,” notes Lassalle. “Bishop is acraftsman and his home had to reflect that.”They shot at the house location (which was built in the „50s as a Catholic retreat) at thestart of the film‟s schedule but Bishop‟s „war room‟ was built separate from the house.The production shot this room‟s interior scenes at the end of the film‟s schedule due tothe large amount of research props (a reflection of the extensive research Bishopconducts on each of his assignments) that had to be gathered.**A MECHANIC’S LEGACYFor West, The Mechanic was a chance to direct a film “that operates on many levels andcan appeal to different sections of the audience.” The Mechanic promises to offer up justthat. According to West, “You can go along and enjoy the ride, but if you want to dig alittle deeper there‟s plenty there for you.”Irwin Winkler agrees and adds a personal lament on the experience, on behalf of himselfand Robert Chartoff: “It‟s wonderful to have a legacy to have your children involved inthe making of a film that you originally made. Here, it relates in a strange way to thefilm itself where there are significant father/son, passing down parallels in the story.”Perhaps Jason Statham best sums up the assignment of bringing The Mechanic back tothe big screen – “The story has great universal themes of revenge and redemption but© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 9


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESthe main intention was to make an action movie, an action thriller, that we could all beproud of. There are die-hard fans of the original who will obviously want to see the filmbut now there‟s a whole new generation of people out there who will be introduced tothis great story.”**© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 10


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESABOUT THE CASTJason Statham (Arthur Bishop)Jason Statham was born in Sydenham, England, and initially made his mark as one ofthe top divers on the British diving team, eventually placing 12 th in the world. While hetrained at the famed Crystal Palace National Sports Center in London, film crews andphotographers pursued him as new talent and he eventually met the executive producerof the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Statham then had a meeting with thedirector Guy Ritchie, who gave him his first role as one the stars of the filmStatham went on to work with Ritchie again in Snatch, in which he starred oppositeBrad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. In 1992, Statham was cast by French filmmaker LucBesson in the title of role of Frank Martin in The Transporter. Following, he starred asHandsome Rob in the 2003 summer blockbuster The Italian Job, directed by F. GaryGray, and as the adrenaline - compromised action hero of Crank. Statham went on toreprise his role of Frank Martin in Transporter 2, and re-teamed with Jet Li in War.In 2008, Statham starred in Roger Donaldson‟s The Bank Job, the critically acclaimed,true story of the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery in London. Statham also starred in theremake of Death Race, before returning for the third installment of The Transporterfranchise and the second Crank film, Crank 2: High Voltage.Most recently, Statham had a starring role with an ensemble of action stars in this pastsummer‟s hit The Expendables, also starring and directed by Sylvester Stallone. He alsorecently wrapped the action/thriller The Killer Elite, starring alongside Robert De Niro.Ben Foster (Steve McKenna)Ben Foster continues to establish himself as one of the most versatile actors of hisgeneration. His television work includes the cult hit “Freaks and Geeks” as the mentallyhandicapped student Eli and “Six Feet Under” as Russle, the bi-sexual art schoolboyfriend of Claire Fischer.In 2007, Foster had a starring role in Nick Cassavetes‟ Alpha Dog as a crystal meth--addicted skinhead. In 2008, he impressed audiences and critics alike with his inspiredportrayal of outlaw “Charlie Prince” in James Mangold‟s 3:10 to Yuma.In 2009, he starred opposite Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton in OrenMoverman‟s critically acclaimed The Messenger. A moving portrayal of one soldier‟sjourney to re-assimilate into the civilian world after his turn in Iraq.In addition to The Mechanic, Foster has another January premiere performance in thefilm Here, for director Braden King; it‟s the first feature length, English languageAmerican film to be shot entirely in Armenia, and it‟s in competition at January‟s 2011Sundance Film Festival.Ben Foster is currently shooting a role in Rampart, reuniting him with the team ofwriter/director Oren Moverman and actor Woody Harrelson, which also marks his debut© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 11


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESas a film producer. This February, he will star opposite Mark Wahlberg in Universal‟sContraband.Donald Sutherland (Harry McKenna)Donald Sutherland is a legendary actor known for his memorable performances in awide diversity of roles in such classics as M*A*S*H, The Dirty Dozen, Klute, OrdinaryPeople, Kelly’s Heroes, Fellini‟s Casanova, The Eye of The Needle, 1900, The Invasionof the Body Snatchers, Animal House and a hundred and fifty more films.Most recently he‟s starred opposite Jamie Bell and Channing Tatum in KevinMacdonald‟s film, The Eagle, adapted from Rosemary Sutcliff‟s beloved classicchildren‟s novel, The Eagle of the Ninth, about a Roman Centurion in second centuryBritain. He appeared with Colin Firth in Horrible Bosses this September, and has justcompleted filming with Christian Slater in Sofia playing a role he survives for once.Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Sutherland grew up in Nova Scotia and left, at the ageof 17, having never seen the inside of a theatre, to study at University of Torontodetermined to become an actor.His success at the University‟s Hart House Theatre propelled him to London, moretraining, and work in the fortnightly repertory in Perth Scotland for a year and in playsin theatres all over the British Isles.He was performing in „The Spoon River Anthology‟ at the Royal Court Theater inLondon when Warren Kiefer came back and asked him to come to Rome and shoot IlCastello di Vivi Morti. It gave him his first film role and the name of his son.As a Canadian with a North Atlantic accent Sutherland was given the opportunity to beone of the bottom six in the classic war film, The Dirty Dozen (1967). The film starredLee Marvin, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas and Jim Brown, and whenClint Walker told director Robert Aldrich during a read through that he didn‟t feel that itwas right that he, as a star in Hollywood playing a native American, should play a sillyscene impersonating a General in front of Robert Ryan, Aldrich looked down the tableand said: „You with the big ears – you do it.‟ The big ears bracketed Sutherland‟s headand his performance in that scene changed his life.Ingo Preminger saw it and offered him a film he was going to produce from a novel he‟dbought. There was no director. No script. No other actors. Sutherland said „yes.‟ Thenovel was by Richard Hooker. The title of the novel was M*A*S*H.He shot it on the Fox ranch with Elliott Gould, Bobbie Duvall, Sally Kellerman andTom Skerritt, all under the guidance of Robert Altman. He was shooting Kelly’s Heroesin Yugoslavia with Clint Eastwood when M*A*S*H sneaked in San Francisco. His lifechanged again.The film is now considered a classic and one of the best films of the 70s.© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 12


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESSutherland followed this with another classic, Alan Pakula's, Klute, in which he starredwith his great and good friend Jane Fonda, in a suspense film about a New Yorkprostitute whose friend is mysteriously murdered.Sutherland played a small town police detective who comes to New York to solve thecase. Both actors received critical acclaim for their roles and Fonda won the Oscar forBest Actress.He then did Don’t Look Now with Julie Christie in Venice. Nic Roeg directed it andSutherland had the name of his second son and a role in a film that is truly, in everyrespect, regarded as exquisite.Sutherland took a supporting role in the early „70s that would become one of his mostinfamous and most critically acclaimed. The role was that of the murderous fascistleader in the Bernardo Bertolucci critically acclaimed Italian epic, 1900 (1976).He stayed in Italy for another year to work with the maestro, Federico Fellini, who hadchosen Sutherland to be his „Casanova‟. They shot for 14 months and Fellini called theresult his favorite film.In another supporting role at that time, Sutherland was the marijuana - smokinguniversity professor in the seminal classic comedy Animal House (1976), thebreakthrough film for director John Landis that Sutherland shot over one weekend inOregon while he was filming Phil Kaufman ‟s pitch perfect remake of Invasion of theBody Snatchers.He was the father in Robert Redford's critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winningdrama, Ordinary People (1980), the Nazi spy in The Eye of the Needle, based on thebestselling novel by Ken Follett, and the teacher struggling with South Africa‟sapartheid in The Dry White Season, in which he starred opposite Marlon Brando.In Oliver Stone's controversial JFK (1991) Sutherland played the chilling role of MisterX, based on the very real Fletcher Prouty, an anonymous source who gave crucialinformation about the politics surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.He also appeared as the father to Nicole Kidman's character in Cold Mountain (2003)and Charlize Theron's character in The Italian Job (2003). Sutherland also gavememorable performances in Land of the Blind (2006) and Reign Over Me (2007).He says now the roles he plays almost always have a death involved in them. His. Hisdeath. He looks at these roles as if he‟s cramming for his finals. Life goes on.Tony Goldwyn (Dean Sanderson)Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn definitely likes to mix things up. He iscurrently on Broadway starring in the musical revival of “Promises, Promises,” while hejust saw released his latest feature directorial effort, Conviction, starring Hilary Swankand Sam Rockwell. Released by Fox Searchlight, Conviction is the true story of Betty© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 13


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESAnne Waters, a single mother who embarked on an 18 year struggle to overturn herbrother‟s wrongful life sentence for murder. Like the story of the film, it took muchpersistence for Goldwyn to get the movie made. Nine years after he first heard theaccount of Kenny Waters from a piece on “Dateline, ” the movie had its premiere at the2010 Toronto Film Festival. Conviction was awarded Best Film at the Boston FilmFestival and was bestowed the Freedom of Expression Award by the National Board ofReview.Goldwyn made an auspicious directorial debut with A Walk on the Moon starring DianeLane and Viggo Mortensen. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and wenton to receive universal praise from critics. Another journey of perseverance, Goldwynfirst read Pamela Gray‟s script five years earlier and shepherded it through multipledrafts until Dustin Hoffman came on board as a producer and got the project financed.Coincidentally when Gray originally wrote the screenplay as her Master‟s Thesis atUCLA Film School, she won the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award – anhonor established by Goldwyn‟s paternal grandfather, the legendary film producer.Additional feature directorial credits include The Last Kiss based on Gabriele Muccino‟sL’Ultimo Bacio and the romantic comedy Someone Like You. On the small screen,Goldwyn has helmed such prestigious shows as “Justified,” “Damages,” “Dexter,” “TheL Word,” “Law & Order,” “Grey‟s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Without ATrace.”As an actor, Goldwyn first caught audiences‟ attention with his portrayal of the villain inthe box office smash Ghost. He went on to appear in numerous other films includingThe Pelican Brief with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, Kiss The Girls, OliverStone‟s Nixon, The Substance of Fire, The Last Samurai opposite Tom Cruise and therecent remake of Wes Craven‟s classic The Last House on the Left. He was also heard asthe title voice in Disney‟s animated feature Tarzan.His television acting credits include “The Good Wife,” “Dexter,” “Law & Order:Criminal Intent,” “Without A Trace,” “The L Word,” the HBO Mini-Series “From TheEarth To The Moon,” “Frasier,” “Murphy Brown” and “Designing Women,” where hetouchingly portrayed the first AIDS victim on a prime time series.Goldwyn began his acting career on the stage, spending seven seasons at theWilliamstown Theater Festival. His New York theater credits include “The Water‟sEdge” at the 2nd Stage Theater, “The Dying Gaul” at the Vineyard Theater, “Holiday”at The Circle in the Square opposite Laura Linney, “Spike Heels” with Kevin Bacon at2nd Stage, “The Sum of Us” at the Cherry Lane Theater, for which he earned an ObieAward and “Digby” at the Manhattan Theater Club.Mini Anden (Sarah)Mini Anden was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She is one of the world‟s top fashionmodels, having appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle, Arena and Cosmopolitan allbefore establishing herself as a sought after actress in film and television.© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 14


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESAnden‟s most recent film credits include G-Force, My Best Friend’s Girl, TropicThunder, Prime, and Ocean’s Twelve.On television she has recurred on “Chuck,” “CSI: Miami,” “My Boys” and “Dirt.” Shewas a series regular on “Fashion House” and has appeared in episodes of many otherseries, including “Nip/Tuck,” “Entourage,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Ugly Betty,”“Shark,” “Monk,” and “Knight Rider.”© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 15


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESABOUT THE FILMMAKERSSimon West (Director)Simon West, a British-born filmmaker, started at the BBC in London as an editor. Hethen moved on to direct many award-winning commercials. His feature films includeCon Air, The General’s Daughter, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and When a Stranger Calls(2006 remake), all of which either made over $100 million dollars domestically oropened at number one at the box office, or both.West also served as executive producer on the critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominatedBlack Hawk Down.In addition, West‟s television company has produced acclaimed series such as Fox‟s“Keen Eddie, the CBS series “Close to Home” and Fox‟s “Human Target.”Richard Wenk (Screenwriter)Richard Wenk is best known for writing the Bruce Willis action film 16 Blocks, whichwas directed by Richard Donner. Wenk also wrote and directed the United Artistsromantic comedy Just the Ticket starring Andy Garcia and Andie MacDowell. Hisfeature directorial debut was New World Pictures' Vamp which he also wrote.In addition to his writing and directing credits, which also include television, Wenk wasco-producer of Twentieth Century Fox's The Girl Next Door starring Emile Hirsch andElisha Cuthbert.Wenk has also written, and contributed to, numerous other studio features throughouthis career. He currently resides in Los Angeles.Lewis John Carlino (Screenwriter, Story By)Lewis John Carlino wrote the original 1972 genre classic, The Mechanic, which starredCharles Bronson.Carlino is best known as both a screenwriter and director of the critically acclaimed „70sfilms: The Great Santini, for which Robert Duvall and Michael O‟Keefe receivedAcademy Award nominations. He also wrote Resurrection, earning Ellen Burstyn andEve Le Gallienne Academy nominations, as well, in the same year. He received anAcademy nomination for I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and went on to writeHaunted Summer and The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, which he alsodirected, starring Kris Kristoferson and Sarah Miles. Carlino also directed Class in1983.Carlino‟s first film credit as a screenwriter was Seconds (1966), directed by JohnFrankenheimer, and which starred Rock Hudson. His other notable motion picturescreenwriting credits are the controversial The Fox, directed by Mark Rydell, TheBrotherhood, which starred Kirk Douglas, and Crazy Joe, starring Peter Boyle.© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 16


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESCarlino has also written for television, beginning with episodes of the series “CBSRepotoire Workshop” and “Route 66.” His made for television films include thecritically acclaimed “Honor Thy Father,” “In Search of America,” “A Reflection ofFear” and “Where Have All the People Gone,” and the series, “Doc Elliot,” which hecreated.David Winkler (Producer)David Winkler in 2006 produced Rocky Balboa, which starred and was directed bySylvester Stallone. Winkler also has directed two television films for The LifetimeChannel: “The Obsession,” a thriller set in the world of ballet, and “A Daughter‟sConviction,” a mystery about a young woman clearing her mother of murder charges. Inaddition, Winkler directed an episode of the hour-long drama “Blood Ties” for Lifetime.Winkler also served as executive producer on the Sci-Fi Channel‟s 2007 mini-series,“Chariots of the Gods,” based on the successful documentary and books by Erik vonDaniken.Winkler began his film career writing screenplays for Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures,Imagine Entertainment and RKO Films. His feature directing debut was FindingGraceland, which starred Harvey Keitel and Bridget Fonda.In 2005, Winkler directed Devour, a supernatural horror feature, starring Jensen Eacklesand Shannon Sossamon for Sony Pictures Entertainment.He also directed the thirty minute film, Judgement, which starred MatthewMcConaughey and Ileanna Douglas, and has directed episodes of the Showtime hour--long science fiction series “Odyssey 5,” and the Columbia/Tri - Star/USA Networkseries “The Net.”Bill Chartoff (Producer)Bill Chartoff has worked in the film industry since he was 15 years old. Most recently,he produced the critically acclaimed box office hit, Rocky Balboa, which starred andwas directed by Sylvester Stallone.Chartoff holds a BFA from New York University Film School and an MFA in filmdirecting from the American Film Institute, in Hollywood, California. While at NYUand the AFI, Chartoff wrote and directed several award-winning films, includingMorris, Duet, You Bet Your Life and the multiple award-winning Colored Balloons.Chartoff has held a variety of different production positions on such major motionpictures as Martin Scorcese‟s Raging Bull, Costa Gavras‟ Music Box, SylvesterStallone‟s Rocky IV, Walter Hill‟s Extreme Prejudice, Irwin Winkler‟s Guilty BySuspicion and John Boorman‟s In My Country (aka Country of My Skull). He has alsoworked on the Academy Award-winning editing staffs of Raging Bull and PhilKaufman‟s The Right Stuff.Chartoff‟s screenwriting efforts include The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, for Mike© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 17


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESMedavoy‟s Phoenix Films and Columbia/Tri -Star, Killing the Second Dog, for KTGProductions and Chasing the Dragon for the Shanghai Film Studio.Rene Besson (Producer)Rene Besson has worked extensively with Millennium Films over the last several years.Most recently, Besson produced Trespass, starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman,directed by Joel Schumacher; as well as serving as Executive Producer on Stone,starring Robert De Niro and Edward Norton. Prior to his association with Millennium,he produced the film Imaginary Heroes, starring Sigourney Weaver.He is currently in post-production on the upcoming Drive Angry, starring Nicolas Cage,and in pre-production on Medallion directed by Simon West, as well as Playing TheField starring Gerard Butler, to be directed by Gabriele Muccino.Irwin Winkler (Executive Producer)Irwin Winkler, in a career as celebrated as it is accomplished, commands a distinguishedreputation in the motion picture industry as one of its most progressive and honoredfilmmakers. His films have received 12 Academy Awards from 45 nominations,including four Best Picture nominations – a record that stands alone in contemporaryHollywood.Winkler received the Academy Award for Best Picture for his 1976 Sylvester Stallonestarrer Rocky. Winkler‟s other Best Picture nominations were for Raging Bull, The RightStuff and Goodfellas, while They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? amassed nine Oscarnominations. Winkler is the only producer to have three of his films listed on theAmerican Film Institute‟s list of the “top 100 films” of all time.In December of 2006, the sixth installment of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa, hittheatres. Winkler served as executive producer on the project with his sons Charles andDavid producing the final chapter of the franchise. The film received enthusiasticreviews and grossed in excess of $100 million worldwide. Winkler‟s latest film was theprovocative drama Home of the Brave, which starred Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson,Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jessica Biel and Brian Presley. Winkler directed andproduced this look into the lives of four soldiers struggling to readjust to normal lifeafter returning home from a lengthy tour of duty in Iraq. The film was shot on locationin Morocco and Spokane, Washington, and was released by MGM in the spring of 2007.Winkler also directed DE-LOVELY, a musical drama based on the life of legendarycomposer Cole Porter, which featured Golden Globe nominated performances by KevinKline and Ashley Judd, and included featured musical performances by some of today‟stop Pop and rock music talents, including Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, ElvisCostello, Robbie Williams, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall, all performing Porter‟s classicsongs. DE-LOVELY was selected as the closing night gala event of the 2004 CannesFilm Festival and garnered widespread critical praise.Winkler‟s other films include the critically acclaimed Life as a House, which he directedand produced, and which starred Oscar winner Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott-Thomas,© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 18


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESMary Steenburgen, Hayden Christensen and Jena Malone; The Shipping News, based onthe Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by E. Annie Proulx, and starred Kevin Spacey, JulianneMoore, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, and was directed by Lasse Hallstrom; and thethriller Enough, which starred Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Juliette Lewis and NoahWylie, and was directed by Michael Apted.Winkler made his directorial debut in 1989 with Guilty By Suspicion, a drama he alsowrote about a blacklisted Hollywood director in McCarthy-era Hollywood. The film,which starred Robert DeNiro, Annette Bening, Patricia Wettig and Martin Scorsese, hada profound impact in the United States and abroad, and was the official United Statesentry that year at the Cannes Film Festival.Winkler‟s second feature as a director, Night and the City, based on Jules Dassin‟s1950s noir film, reunited Winkler with stars Robert DeNiro (for their seventh timetogether) and Jessica Lange (who was nominated for her role in Winkler‟s 1989 filmMusic Box). The critically acclaimed film was the closing night attraction at theprestigious New York Film Festival in 1992.Winkler produced and directed the romantic drama At First Sight (1 99 9), which starredVal Kilmer and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, and the suspense thriller The Net, whichstarred Sandra Bullock. The Net was presented at both the Deauville and San Sebastianfilm festivals.Winkler started his producing career in 1967 with the legendary director NormanTaurog at MGM with the Elvis Presley starrer Double Trouble. Winkler and producingpartner Robert Chartoff followed up their debut with the Lee Marvin thriller, PointBlank, a film which is now considered a cult classic and the one that introducedfilmmaker John Boorman to the American film community. They then went on toproduce the multi-nominated They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (for which Gig Youngearned the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor), Leo the Last and The Strawberry Statement.Each of these films was honored at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival: Leo the Last won theBest Director prize for John Boorman, Strawberry Statement received the Jury Award,and Horses garnered the closing night honors.Highlights of Winkler‟s films of the „70s and „80s include the Robert DeNiro and LizaMinnelli starrer, New York, New York ; Best Picture nominee Raging Bull, consider bymany to be the classic American film of the last twenty-five years or so and highlightedby DeNiro‟s Oscar-winning performance; and Goodfellas, which was named 1990‟sBest Film by the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film CriticsAssociation and the British Academy, as well as receiving numerous other honors,including Winkler‟s fourth Best Picture nomination.Other outstanding films produced by Winker include Up the Sandbox, which starredBarbara Streisand, The Gambler, which starred James Caan, Comes a Horseman, whichstarred James Caan and Jane Fonda, True Confessions, which starred Robert DeNiro andRobert Duvall, and Round Midnight, directed by Bertrand Tavernier, which wasWinkler‟s homage to the jazz era, and which earned Herbie Hancock an Oscar for his© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 19


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESoutstanding score.Winkler had been the recipient of numerous American and international honors for hisoutstanding achievements.Robert Chartoff (Executive Producer)Robert Chartoff has had a lengthy and exemplary career as a motion picture producerwhose films have been nominated for and won multiple Academy Awards, including aBest Picture Oscar. He has produced over thirty feature films, including the Oscar--winning Rocky, directed by John G. Avildsen, and which starred Sylvester Stallone, inhis breakthrough role, and Talia Shire; Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV and Rocky V ; BestPicture nominee Raging Bull, directed by Martin Scorsese, and which starred Robert DeNiro, Cathy Moriarity and Joe Pesci; Best Picture nominee The Right Stuff, directed byPhilip Kaufman, and which starred Sam Shepard, Scott Glen, Ed Harris and DennisQuaid; New York, New York, directed by Martin Scorsese, which starred Liza Minnelliand Robert De Niro; They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, directed by Sydney Pollack,which starred Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York and Gig Young in hisOscar-winning role; and Point Blank, directed by John Boorman, and which starred LeeMarvin, Angie Dickinson and Keenan Wynn.Recently, Chartoff produced In My Country, which starred Samuel L. Jackson andJuliette Binoche, and was directed by John Boorman; as well as Rocky Balboa, whichstarred Sylvester Stallone. He also produced the recently released The Tempest, whichstarred Helen Mirren and was directed by Julie Taymor.In 1990, Chartoff founded and built the Jennifer School in Bodh Gaya, India, which nowservices the needs of hundreds of children. He is actively involved in the day-to-dayadministration of this constantly evolving educational center.Chartoff is a graduate of Union College and Columbia Law SchoolAvi Lerner (Executive Producer)With over 250 films to his credit, Avi Lerner, co-chairman of Nu Image/MillenniumFilms, is one of the most experienced producers and distributors of independent film inthe international motion picture industry.Born and raised in Israel, Lerner‟s career in the film business began as the manager ofIsrael‟s first drive-in cinema. He acquired a chain of movie theaters whilesimultaneously producing several low-budget features. He anticipated the explosion ofhome video rental in 1979 and pioneered the largest specialized video distributioncompany in Israel and became a partner in the largest theatrical distribution company inIsrael.In 1984, he was executive producer in Zimbabwe of the remake of King Solomon’sMines and the sequel Alan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold. He sold his Israelicompany and relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he founded the Nu MetroEntertainment Group. He went on to own and operate theaters, a video distribution© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 20


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESdivision representing top studios and independent companies, and a production arm thatmade over 60 features in Zimbabwe and South Africa which were distributed worldwideby major studios.Lerner‟s next professional moves were to sell Nu Metro and to join MGM United Artistswhile still producing movies. A year later he moved to Los Angeles where he foundedNu Image with Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short and Danny Lerner. A string of successfulfilms followed until Nu Image developed and maintained an enviable reputation as aproducer and distributor of high quality, low budget action pictures for the internationaland domestic markets.In 1996 Nu Image formed Millennium Films to address the market‟s growing need forquality theatrical films and higher budget action features, while Nu Image continues tocater to the lucrative international home video market. Between the two divisions, over230 films have been produced since 1992.Under the Millennium films label, Lerner has produced numerous titles which includeLonely Heart, starring John Travolta; Black Dahlia, with Hillary Swank; 16 Blocks,starring Bruce Willis; 88 Minutes, starring Al Pacino; The Contract, with MorganFreeman; John Rambo, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone; and Righteous Kill,starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.Lerner and Nu Image/Millennium Films currently develop finance, produce anddistribute approximately 15 – 18 pictures a year with budgets ranging from three to 60million dollars, shooting in locations all over the world.Danny Dimbort (Executive Producer)Danny Dimbort began his entertainment career with the Israeli distribution companyGolan-Globus Films and became managing director within two years. In 1980, hemoved to Los Angeles to join Cannon Films as head of foreign sales, and then returnedto Israel to produce several feature films prior to joining Cannon/Pathe back in LosAngeles, where he was in charge of distribution. He was president of internationaldistribution at MGM until 1991, when he formed Nu Image with Avi Lerner; as partnerin charge of sales and marketing.Trevor Short (Executive Producer)Trevor Short was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He studied Law at the University ofZimbabwe and obtained an MBA degree at the University of Cape town, where he wasawarded the Gold Medal of Merit. After obtaining his law degree, Short entered theworld of banking and commerce. He headed the Corporate Finance Division at InvestecBank in Johannesburg before joining Nu Metro Entertainment as Managing Director.Following the acquisition of Nu Metro by a retailing giant, Short became ManagingDirector of Nu World Services, a film production company based in Johannesburg. Inthis capacity, Short produced films both in South Africa and outside the country.Boaz Davidson (Executive Producer)Boaz Davidson is a prolific filmmaker who has produced some 75 motion pictures,© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 21


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESwritten over 30 and directed over 40 films. His many credits include directing suchmovies as Lemon Popsicle, Looking for Lola, Outside the Law, Solar Force, Salsa,Going Bananas, Dutch Treat and The Last American Virgin.Born in Tel Aviv, Davidson began his association with Nu Image/Millennium Films in1995, and he currently serves as the company‟s head of production and creative affairs.Eric Schmidt (Director of Photography)Eric Schmidt most recently worked on the feature films Henry Poole Is Here, My SassyGirl and I Melt With You, which is premiering at The Sundance Film Festival in 2011.He was nominated for an American Society of Cinematographer's Award for his workon the first season of “Cold Case” for Bruckheimer Television and CBS. He has filmedthe pilots for “Close To Home,” “Back” and “An American Town.” As 2nd UnitDirector of Photography, he worked on Arlington Road, The Minus Man, Going All theWay and Crime and Punishment in Suburbia. Schmidt also worked as camera operatoron the video films Pearl Jam: Single Video Theory and R.E.M. Road Movie. He hasworked as a cinematographer on music videos for Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, TomPetty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips and Beck. He began hiscareer in New York City, working as gaffer on Little Odessa, Tom and Huck and Searchand Destroy and as electrician on the movies Household Saints, Bad Lieutenant, andJohnny Suede.Richard Lassalle (Production Designer)Richard Lassalle, who was born in Paris, France and grew up in England, started his artand design education at a very early age through his father‟s interior design business.Lassalle was exposed to the interior design of many classical homes throughout Englandand Europe, and gained a thorough understanding of period furniture and art.Lassalle pursued his passion for design, studying at Medway‟s renowned Art School,and then went on to Coventry University where he earned a BA in Industrial TransportDesign. Following graduation, Lassalle designed many home interiors for people suchas Roger Daltry and Geoff Beck.While on a stint in France he met Miles Copeland and painted classical muralsthroughout Copeland‟s entire 11 th Century Castle.Subsequently, Copeland invited Lassalle to Los Angeles, where he went on to decoratehomes for Daryl Hannah, Lou Adler and Stewart Copeland, and his work was soonpublished in World of Interiors and Country Life Magazine. It was also in Los Angelesthat Lassalle became interested in working in the film industry and his knowledge ofinterior design, furniture, art and technical design propelled him to begin designing onhis own.It was Lassalle‟s work on Eminem‟s first video “My Name is Slim Shady” that made theHollywood community take note. The video went on to become one of MTV‟s all-timetop videos. And Lassalle continues to design ground- breaking music videos for theworld‟s top musical artists, including Madonna, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Shakira,© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 22


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESOzzy Osborne, U2, Dr Dre, Mary J/ Bilge and The Stones.Lassalle has also designed commercials for the world‟s top brands including Nike,Levi‟s Smirnoff, L‟Oreal, Adidas and BMW. In 2008, Lassalle designed the famed VW“Pimp Mien Auto” campaign, and recently in London, Madonna‟s H&M apparel launch.For his first feature film, Lassalle worked on Spun, directed by Jonas Akerlund. Lassalleconsidered film the perfect medium to continue his skills in creating spaces whetherfantastical or very real. For Spun he did extensive research, learning all aspects of thefearful drug Crystal Meth, going so far as to sport an orange Mohawk for the entirelength of the project. The sets and environments in the film are a 100% accuraterecreation of the real meth life.Lassalle‟s second feature, Bella, directed by Alejandro Moneverde is a story of aMexican Immigrant family in New York City. So Lassalle spent several weeks inMexico exploring the food and culture and is proud of the resulting detail down to thetype of vegetables served on the dining room table. The film went on to win the“People‟s Choice Award” at the Toronto Film Festival.Todd E. Miller (Editor)Todd E. Miller has edited blockbuster films for over 10 years. Miller began editing withJerry Bruckheimer on Armageddon and has since worked on several films with MichaelBay, including Transformers.Specializing in fast paced thriller and action films, Miller has an exciting style that leapsoff the screen. He has worked on films such as Joy Ride, Exorcist: The Beginning,Pathology, and blockbuster movies such as xXx: State of the Union, The General’sDaughter and the romantic comedy, Under the Tuscan Sun. Along the way Miller hasventured into Television, editing a season of “E-Ring” with Jerry Bruckheimer as wellas various commercials.T. G. Herrington (Editor)T.G. Herrington has worked on the short film, Mr. Okra which he also directed, wroteand executive produced. The film screened at last year‟s Sundance Film Festival andwon the Audience Award at last year‟s Austin Film Festival. His other editing creditsinclude Poolside Ecstasy and The Traveling Poet.For television, Herrington edited two episodes of the series “Keen Eddie.” He alsoedited “Housewives: Making of the Cast Album.”Christopher Lawrence (Costume Designer)Christopher Lawrence started his design career in the early „80s putting together looksfor he and his dance partner on the iconic “American Bandstand.” Lawrence alsoworked at the trendy boutique “Camp Beverly Hills” where he began cultivating aclientele of actors, directors and, most importantly, costume designers.His first jobs included the television classics, “Moonlighting” and “Pee - Wee‟s© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 23


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESPlayhouse.” Lawrence was also a part of the teams for Bugsy ‟s Best Costume AcademyAward, Beaches and City Slickers.In 1999, Michael Mann recognized Lawrence‟s talent and promoted him to AssociateCostume Designer on The Insider (Al Pacino, Russel Crowe).Lawrence hasn‟t stopped designing films since. The Anniversary Party (GwynethPaltrow, Kevin Kline), Bubble Boy (Jake Gyllenhall) and Showtime (Robert DeNiro,Eddie Murphy) followed.Last year, Lawrence served as Costume D esigner on the Jennifer Aniston film,Management and designed from sketch to fabric all of Miley Cyrus‟ Hannah Montanacostumes for Hannah Montana-The Movie, from which dolls, Halloween costumes andsportswear were created for the tween market. This is his third collaboration with JasonStatham (Cellular, Crank). Lawrence is also a long time collaborator with film directorSimon West, most notably on the Capitol One “What‟s in your wallet?” Vikingcampaign (Costume Designers Guild Award-Best Commercial Costume Design).Mark Isham (Composer)From his days as one of the pioneering icons of electronic music to his current status asa world-renowned legendary film composer, Mark Isham has earned many awardsincluding a Grammy, an Emmy, and a Clio, in addition to multiple Grammy, AcademyAward and Golden Globe nominations for his material both as a composer and arecording artist. Most recently, Mark was honored by ASCAP with the Henry ManciniAward for Lifetime Achievement.Isham states, “I create emotion through music...whether it‟s high or low, anger orpassion, exhilaration or death, denial or lust, motion or solitude. And when I can take aperson on this journey through film or recordings, there‟s nothing more addicting, orsatisfying.”Isham‟s musical signature is evident in his memorable scores for such notable films asCrash, awarded the Oscar for Best Picture in 2005, Eight Below, The Cooler, A RiverRuns Through It, Blade, Nell, Men of Honor, and The Secret Life of Bees. His list ofcollaborators in film is a veritable who‟s who of the entertainment industry – RobertRedford, Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma, Chick Corea, Jodi Foster, Robert Altman, Sting,Wil.I.Am, Sydney Lumet, Mick Jagger and too many more to name.His solo recordings span from electronica and classic jazz to hip-hop and ethnic worldmusic, receiving worldwide critical acclaim including Grammy nominations for hisalbums Castalia and Tibet, and a win for his Virgin Records release, Mark Isham. Herecently teamed up with ARIA winning Australian vocalist Kate Ceberano for the hitalbum Bittersweet, a timeless collection of jazz standards that spent consecutive weeksat the top of the charts. Mark has added his unique sound – melodic, moody, sexy andcool – to a wide variety of genres, recording and performing with such diverse artists asBruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ziggy Marley, Joni Mitchell, TheRolling Stones, Chris Isaak, and Van Morrison.© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 24


THE MECHANIC (2011) PRODUCTION NOTESNo matter the genre, medium, or venue, Mark Isham displays a boundless ability toelectrify the listener with his talent for crafting evocative new musical worlds.Noon Orsatti (Stunt Coordinator)Noon Orsatti follows in his father and uncle‟s footsteps as part of the legendary Orsattistunt family. With over 25 years experience working in film, Noon Orsatti has over 100film credits to his name including True Romance, Alien Resurrection, American HistoryX, Ninja Assassin, and The Expendables. He also just wrapped production on Conan TheBarbarian.David Leitch (Action Designer and 2nd Unit Director)David Leitch is a Second Unit Director and co-founder of the action design company87Eleven. His unique approach to action design and second unit directing begins with aclose collaboration with a director to create an overall vision for the action in the film.Working with a handpicked stunt team, David choreographs the action, films and edits apre-visualization of the sequences, then refines it with the director and producers.87Eleven trains the actors, helps them embody the character physically, mentally andemotionally, and works with other department heads to achieve cutting-edge work. Oncecameras roll, they oversee the action in both primary and second unit filming. In post,David works with the director and editors to ensure the most thrilling action momentspossible. His credits include: the upcoming Sherlock Holmes 2, Ninja Assassin, TronLegacy, The Expendables, Conan, V For Vendetta, Rambo, and Wolverine. Dave willco-direct his first feature© CBS FILMS, All Rights Reserved 25

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