Actor Randy Couture talks ‘Ambushed’

Actor Randy Couture recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” about his role as Jack Reiley in the new action-packed crime drama “Ambushed.”

In “Ambushed,” which will be available beginning Tuesday, Nov. 12 on Blu-ray and DVD at retail stores and rental outlets throughout the Valley, Dolph Lundgren plays a veteran DEA agent who clashes with a crooked cop (Couture) while pursuing a ruthless cocaine smuggler (Vinnie Jones) whose power is slipping.

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment’s” full interview with Couture by clicking HERE. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the actor discusses the character he plays in “Ambushed.”

Jack is a narcotics officer who is kind of playing on both sides of the fence. He is not a very nice character and he is kind of doing whatever he has to do – or feels like he has to do – to get ahead. He doesn’t have a very high opinion of law enforcement or of his job. It is just kind of a means to an end for him and, because of that, he does all kinds of things that are not terribly savory in this movie.

It was a challenge for me. I think that part of the acting process is trying to figure out how to tell the truth and how to relate to your character and what he does as objective as in the movie even though you don’t have anything in your own stream of experience to relate to. I had to create a rather detailed backstory for Jack that was kind of his motivation for doing a lot of things that he did. That involved a family, some kids and an ex-wife. Those are things that I could relate to. So that made a little more real to me.

First of all, this was a great experience for me to be able to play a lead character in a movie with such a great group of people. Just by being around them, I learned – almost through osmosis – more about the process. I learn something new every time I put myself out there. Having to create this backstory to relate to Jack was a challenge but fun and I think that, at the end the day, it made me a better actor.” – Randy Couture

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at

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