with director allan ungar‘s Bandit now playing in select theaters and available On Demand, I recently spoke with Josh Duhamel Y Elisha Cuthbert about telling the incredible true story of Canada’s infamous Flying Bandit. If you are not familiar with the Flying Bandit, also known as Gilbert Galvan Jr. either Robert Whiteman to those who knew him, he was known for escaping from prison in Michigan, starting a new life in Canada, and successfully robbing 59 consecutive banks, setting the record for most robberies committed in a row in Canada. In the film, Duhamel plays Robert Whiteman, and Cuthbert plays the caring social worker named Andrea with whom Whiteman falls in love. Bandit also stars Mel Gibson Y Nestor Carbonell.
During the interview, Duhamel and Cuthbert talk about what excites them for people to see in Bandit, the incredible true story it’s based on, why they didn’t like wearing their ’80s winter clothes in the heat of summer, and what someone should watch if they’ve never seen their work. Also, Cuthbert talks about hosting Popular mechanics for children when she was 16 and if she ever thought she would be an actress in Hollywood.
See what they had to say in the player above. Below is exactly what we talked about followed by the Bandit trailer and synopsis.
Josh Duhamel and Elisha Cuthbert
- If someone has never seen anything you’ve done before, what’s the first thing they should see and why?
- Why are both of them excited for people to see them? Bandit.
- Cuthbert talks hosting Popular mechanics for children when she was 16 and if she ever thought she would be an actress in Hollywood.
- How Bandit It is based on an incredible true story.
- What was it like wearing 80s clothes?
- Did you feel the pressure of trying to make the film with your limited schedule?
In 1985, Gilbert Galvan Jr (Josh Duhamel), a charming career criminal, escapes from an American prison in Michigan and crosses the border into Canada, where he assumes the identity of Robert Whiteman. After falling in love with Andrea (Elisha Cuthbert), a caring social worker he can’t support, he takes up robbing banks and discovers he’s exceptionally good at it. Under the guise of a security analyst, Robert begins flying across the country robbing several cities in one day, eventually drawing the attention of the national media who dub him the flying bandit. Addicted to the rush and money his double life provides, Robert eventually turns to loan shark and notorious gangster Tommy Kay (Mel Gibson) for bigger opportunities. But with Robert’s notoriety growing in record time, he is put in the direct crosshairs of a ruthless detective (Nestor Carbonell) who will stop at nothing to bring him down.