Bruce Payne - Acting Career - 2010s

2010s

Payne was one of the attendants at the private screening of Oliver Stone's South of the Border in Los Angeles in June 2010 along with Benicio del Toro and James Brolin. In 2011, Payne appeared in the horror film Prowl, which also starred Courtney Hope, Ruta Gedmintas, Josh Bowman and Saxon Trainor. The film is about a young woman named Amber (played by Courtney Hope) who in an attempt to escape her problems unwittingly becomes the prey of vampires. It was directed by Patrik Syversen and shown out of competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Payne played a "blatantly untrustworthy" "hillbilly truck driver" named Bernard in the film, who promises to give Amber and her friends a lift to Chicago when their vehicle breaks down but who actually "ends up taking them into an abandoned meat-packing plant that is now a training ground for a group of bloodthirsty vampires". Matt Withers, who reviewed the film for JoBlo.com stated that "Bruce Payne shows up as a trucker in a throwaway role that he makes anything but". Another reviewer stated that Payne played the truck driver "superbly". Payne also appeared in Carmen's Kiss (an adaptation of the Georges Bizet opera Carmen) which also starred Vivienne Harvey and Hugo Speer and was released in July 2011. Payne's character, Michael, was a fixer for a London-based criminal gang who attempts to stop a plan, to blackmail a United States military attaché named Drayton (played by Martin Kove), devised by Carmen (played by Harvey) and sanctioned by the gang leader.

In 2012 Payne voiced a demon in the found footage horror film Greystone Park (also known as The Asylum Tapes) which also starred Sean Stone, Oliver Stone, Alexander Wraith and Pete Antico, and was the directorial debut of Sean Stone.The film is based on the true life experiences of film makers Sean Stone and Alexander Wraith. They met at a dinner with Oliver Stone when Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps was being filmed in October 2009, where they started to discuss ghost stories. As a result, Sean and Alexander decided to visit an abandoned psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, famous for its radical treatment of patients with mental illness, 'to explore whether or not they believe in the supernatural'. Once inside the institution they soon discovered that they were not alone. Payne has also played Winston in Re-Kill, which also stars Roger Cross, Scott Adkins and Daniella Alonso, and is about a military unit, known as R-Division, whose task is to dispose of zombies. The film is due to be released in December 2012. In August 2012, Payne attended the world premiere of the Frank Harper directed film St George's Day (which stars Craig Fairbrass, Frank Harper and Charles Dance) at the Odeon in Covent Garden, London. Payne, Harper and Fairbrass had all appeared in the 1989 film For Queen and Country.

Payne has been cast alongside Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Paul Freeman and Rebecca Budig in the action film Getaway which is being directed by Courtney Solomon and Yaron Levy and is set to be released in 2013. The film is the second remake of the 1972 film The Getaway which starred Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Michael Madsen, James Woods, Jennifer Tilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman all appeared in the first remake of the film, also titled The Getaway, in 1994. The film concerns a race car driver named Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) who with help of Kid (Selena Gomez) must get behind the wheel of a car and follow the orders of a mysterious man (Jon Voight) to save his kidnapped wife. Payne has also been cast as Lieutenant Sharp in the horror film Asylum alongside Jason Wong, Stephen Rea and Steve Toussaint. Rea and Payne had previously appeared together in Lost Belongings in 1987. The film concerns a 12 man swat team under the command of Lieutenant Sharp and Sergeant Powell (played by Steve Toussaint) which responds to a hostage situation at the remote Rolling River Mental Hospital, where criminally insane residents have rioted and taken over.

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