Skin Trade unites two very different kinds of action stars, which makes for a pretty exciting ride. In one corner we have Dolph Lundgren, a veteran of the genre who has appeared in classics like Rocky IV, Universal Soldiers and The Expendables trilogy. In the other corner we have Tony Jaa, the Thai martial artist who starred in the Ong Bak trilogy and had a memorable supporting role in Furious 7.
Lundgren, who also wrote and produced Skin Trade, stars as Nick Cassidy, a New Jersey detective intent on shutting down a human trafficking network run by Serbian mobster Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman). But after shooting Viktor’s son, Nick finds his life left in ruins after his wife and daughter are killed as revenge.
Looking to settle the score, he travels to Thailand to find Viktor and take him out for once and for all. In the process though, he runs afoul of Thai detective Tony Vitayakul (Jaa), who is also determined to end Viktor’s reign of terror. After a rather rough introduction, the two realize that they have to work together if they hope to bring Viktor to justice.
Last week at Skin Trade‘s press day, I had the chance to sit down with Jaa and Lundgren for an exclusive interview. We spoke about the stunts in the film, how Lundgren dealt with wearing so many different hats (writer, star, producer) and much more.
Check it out in the video above and be sure to catch Skin Trade when it hits theatres tomorrow!