Cliche Magazine June/July 2018 - Page 75

lingo, mannerisms, uniforms and weaponry. “In an interesting way I found myself East meets the West kind of person. Communication both ways,” says Mann. Despite the film being set in a futuristic environment, Mann explains that the main message audiences will take away from the film is the meaning of family and personal relationships. Known for his character Ryu in Street Fighter, Mann has made an incredible career in the action genre. “I’m comfortable in action. I know what to do and how to make it better, and that’s fine.” He explains that he would love to branch out into comedy and romance, but for him it’s the story that matters. “It’s always the story and characters that drive everybody. You can’t force these things. They come along organically.” Having had a great experience on Skyscraper and AMC’s Hell on Wheels, he explains that they were both enriching experiences. “On every single project you work on, the character you play, the people you work with and the scenes you play, but you remember the experience.” He recounts his first time doing a movie like Street Fighter and traveling to Australia, Thailand and Canada. Over the past year, Mann has done a handful of sci-fi projects, but explains that he doesn’t go looking for the genre; instead they came looking for him. “You just have to go with the flow. When you go with he flow things will present themselves to you.” Watch Byron Mann in the upcoming film Skyscraper premiering in theatres July 18th and have a cozy night in binge- watching Altered Carbon on Netflix. BY GABRIELA SILVA 75