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Tears Of The Dragon
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Tomb Raider III is a Go! Go! Go!

But Lara Croft's third outing onto the silver screen might not be quite what you're expecting.

TEARS OF THE DRAGON
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"So far what has been involved in terms of acting the part?"

I had to learn not to appear shy on camera and do my character research.

I know there are many interesting impressions of Lara and all we can do is express our own viewpoint but I still checked out every website and book I could find that analyzed Tomb Raider. I am constantly exploring Lara's psyche to get a clearer and clearer sense of who I think she is. Then comparing what we may have in common so I can build on it. If nothing else I am succeeding at getting a better grasp of my own self.

"What do you think keeps people's interest in the Tomb Raider franchise?"

It's strong character. Folks found Tomb Raider to be extremely cool and Lara left her mark on them. So impressed were they when she came along that many people are holding on to those fond memories hoping their high expectations for more will be fulfilled. The character doesn't have a limited window for a comeback like one that is played by a flesh and blood actress who becomes highly identified with the role. Lady Croft is timeless and the fans are more patient than the corporations give them credit.

"What physical/mental training took place in order for you to get ready for the role?"

Dialect training was obviously in order. To start off I worked on my dialog with a pal who was good with languages. Then an actor friend of mine turned me on to 'Learning to Act with a British Accent' tapes.

To help with appearances, I shifted my focus to sparring during my self defense training. I've also taken months of gymnastic classes to work on my aerial awareness for a few moves. I am sure the hikes around the desert, forests and mines looking for set locations also helped put me in the right physical shape for the role. Not to mention putting me in the right mindset.

"What did you think of Angelina Jolie's portrayal of Lara Croft?"

Angelina is a fantastically talented actress and I really enjoyed watching her. If the scripts had been better, she would be THE Lara. She elevated the movies as much as humanly possible.

"What has been the most difficult thing so far to accomplish with the 'Tears of the Dragon'?"

Finding the shooting locations was the most challenging but I really enjoyed doing it. Getting to hunt them down was one of the main reasons I wanted to do this project. I LOVE research. Hey, I think Lara does too...

"Who else is involved with Tears of the Dragon, cast, crew?"

There is Nick of course whose main roles are writer and director. Our friend Dave, antique weapon aficionado, is our gun consultant and head production assistant. My pals Keith and Tracy (a.k.a. ZenDragon and Digital Tracy and founders of Adventurersplace.com/RaiderQuest.com) are lending their character creation abilities and are appearing in the flick.

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