"New Line Cinema" produced the film "Excessive Force", it encouraged
the very versatile and talented Thomas Ian Griffith to extend his
horizons from portraying the very believable bad guy in Karate Kid
III to good guy, author and co-producer of a new vehicle.
New Line Cinema has operated as a leading independent producer and
distributor of motion pictures. New Line licenses its films to
ancillary markets such as, cable or broadcast TV as well as to
international theater feature film outlets.
this script a policeman
from Chicago whose short fuse and fast fists create mortal conflicts
with the mob. The mob strikes back with brutal attacks on the police
force, and everyone who has direct contact with cop in question.
There is a frustrated police captain, murdered best friend,
beautiful girlfriend and jazz entrepreneur included in this
scenario. Joining Griffith in starring roles are: James Earl Jones,
jazz club proprietor, Lance Henricksen, as the police captain; Tony
Todd, murdered friend; Charlotte Lewis, Model; and Burt Young,
mobster of the moment.
interviewed by us, Griffith pointed out the main thrust of the
story. Undercover police activities and narcotics lend themselves to
Martial Arts acumen.
started training in Kenpo at age 12, continued on to Tae Kwon Do at
14, and earned his black belt in 1980. He had been a serious actor
for about 8 years in The New York area before moving to California.
After reading for John Avildsen at an audition for "Karate Kid III",
he became engaged in a conversation with Pat Johnson. On learning of
Tom's martial arts background, Pat sent him back to Avildsen.
Griffith, a trained martial art artist was considered a bonanza to
the plot formation. Scenes involving martial arts were choreographed
around him. Up until his time, the martial arts maneuvers were just
a way of working out. Suddenly, a lead role in a major movie is
dependent upon his achievements in the area.
speaking with Thomas, we found him to be ambitious, creative, and
sensitive to the world around him. He seem to be very conscious of
the children practicing the martial arts today, and the various
influences invading the conscious and subconscious thoughts and
actions. He voiced his concerns about the American youth as well as
the future role they will play. At this point we would like to
illustrate his direct responses as best we can, by quoting his
Kids are always infatuated with the action in Martial Arts Films.
Let me tell you, there is nothing better for kids than the Arts.
That is what kept me straight and decent. I always had a place to
go. That was the dojo. I always had something to look forward to