Jones Kicks In As 'X-Men's' Juggernaut
The British footballer channels his aggression mutant-styleLOS ANGELES --
In the Marvel Comics universe, Juggernaut is actually Cain Marko, a surly bully who gains superhuman strength through mysterious mystical forces. He often wears a large, domed helmet that prevents psionic attacks, which is helpful since his stepbrother is Charles Xavier, aka Professor X.
"Yeah, he's a big, tough guy, you know. Built like a brick s**thouse. Ridiculous strength," says Jones, while promoting his latest film, "She's the Man." "When he gets going, he's unstoppable. He gets his helmet down -- boom! -- runs through walls as if they're not there."
It sounds a lot like Jones' soccer playing ...
"I was waiting for one of you to say that," he tells Zap2it.com with a wink. "Thank you."
"X-Men" reunites Jones with his "Swordfish" co-stars Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry, who play good guy mutants Wolverine and Storm. And when mutant emotions run high, fight scenes are inevitable.
"[I fought] with Wolverine mainly," says the actor. "Brett wanted most of the actors to do as much as they can. It's awesome. I mean, Halle Berry does this amazing stunt where she spins down about 40 feet and goes through this garden through the wall, and she does it all herself. And we've done some frightening stuff. Imagine running through a polystyrene wall. Scary, you know. We had good fun."
With several dozen big-name mutants crowding the screen, Jones is relying on more than just the action scenes to distinguish himself.
"When you've got such a big cast, your dialogue gets very diluted. Brett gave me some great lines in it. Juggernaut's a cool dude," he says. "I love humor and I like humor off camera. I'm always larking about, mucking about and making people laugh. You'll see in 'X-Men,' I've got the killer lines."
Jones, who's signed up for two more "X-Men" films if they're greenlighted, will finish shooting a few last-minute scenes up in Canada, where he intends to return to his favorite non-aggressive hobby: fly fishing.
"I was in my element up in Canada with the salmon, you know," he says. "I thought I was doing 'A River Runs Through It' and 'She's the Man' and 'X-Men.' You know what I mean? On me day off I was out there fishing."
Jones, who's played off his tough guy reputation in film's such as "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch," really has the heart and soul of an angel, according to "She's the Man" helmer Andy Fickman.
"Well, it depends what shoulder the angel's on," remarks Jones.
"X-Men: The Last Stand" hits theaters May 26. Before that, Jones plays a hard-headed soccer coach in the teen comedy "She's the Man," opening nationwide on Friday, May 17.