Candid chat with Den of Thieves actor Pablo Schreiber

Updated: Feb 02, 2018, 13:17 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Ray Merriman has just gotten out of jail after six years. He went to jail for robbing banks which he got into after he came back from military deployment and could not find the same kind of excitement in his life which he had overseas and could find

Pablo Schreiber

Pablo Schreiber talks about his character Ray Merrimen in Den of Thieves:
Ray Merriman has just gotten out of jail after six years. He went to jail for robbing banks which he got into after he came back from military deployment and could not find the same kind of excitement in his life which he had overseas and could find a good job. Thus he ended up going into the life of crime. He had a couple of successfully robberies and then one of the jobs went bad so he ended up in jail for six year. He's reassembling his guys and he's going after a big fish. He's been preparing for the moment when he would be released.

Pablo Schreiber talks about the rivalry between his character (Ray Merrimen ) and Gerard Butler's character ( Big Nick):
The two are adversaries of equal authority — men on opposite sides of the law, but who share many similarities, as well as a degree of mutual respect. They come from the same environment. They may not know each other, but they understand each other, to a degree. There are these places where their worlds collide at the same time they enjoy being each other although these is a lot of animosity between them. Merramin takes down the biggest challenge and wants to do the impossible.

Pablo Schreiber was intrigued by Merriman's character:
I was intrigued by his lack of fear. There's a real nihilism to the character .He's not afraid of death and actually embraces the idea of it. If he's going to go out, he wants to go out on his terms. There's no way he'll ever let Nick cuff him.

Pablo Schreiber talks about his weapon training along with Gerard Butler:
We worked with a technical advisor who really got us trained up. We spent a lot of time on the range, learning the weapons together really prepared us for when we got to set. Indeed, that training did pay off as there's a great scene at the shooting range where Gerard shows up to intimidate and show his face in front of us. We're all shooting at targets and he starts shooting at a normal clip. And just to piss him off, I unload four mags straight in about 13 seconds, which is a pretty tough feat. I had to learn to cycle through four mags at really high speeds and really get the technique of being able to do that.

Pablo Schreiber talks about boot camp creating competition between his character (Merrimen ) and Gerard Butler's character (Big Nick):
The Regulators would come to the training ground around the time we were leaving, or vice versa. We kept having these moments where we'd be passing each other and there was animosity and a lot of cold stares – as well as jokes thrown from long distance. It bred this healthy competition, which was good for Gerry and me to have because it bumped things up.

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