Based on the popular video game franchise and co-starring Stargate Atlantis guest star Robert Patrick (“Marshall Sumner”), Red Faction looks to be a step above Syfy’s usual Saturday night B-movies. “It’s definitely quality and it has really, really smart minds behind it,” Smith told Show Patrol. “This is not going to be another [movie of the week].”
Smith plays Jake Mason, son of aging Mars freedom fighter Alec Mason (Patrick) in the 22nd century. When Mars comes under attack, the soldier must fight off the alien threat while attempting to reunite his separated family.
The actor said that initially he wasn’t interested in doing a movie of the week for Syfy, but was drawn in part by how different this character is to Lt. Scott. “It was great to play someone who is a bad-ass and knows it,” he said. “I love Scott, but my God that kid has the weight of the world on his shoulders. There is so much self-doubt and angst and just inner turmoil about him — and guilt, Catholic guilt, I guess — about everything. He takes responsibility for everything. It was nice to play someone who just could not give a sh*t about what anybody thinks about him. He’s a lot more reckless.”
Red Faction: Origins premieres on Saturday, June 4 at 9/8c on Syfy Channel. Take a look at the trailer now, and don’t miss Brian’s complete interview at Show Patrol!