NBC Taken, Star Clive Standen says “Bryan Mills is just a man”

Jennifer Beals and Clive Standen

Premiere, young Bryan Mills is introduced to his new job as a CIA operative on February 27th, 2017, at 10pm ET/PT, immediately after The Voice

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/2/27 – “Bryan Mills is just a man,” says Taken star Clive Standen. “James Bond is suave, sophisticated, and he’s always got the perfect suit on. He’s got the cool line to say to the girl or the evil villain. He’s perfect. He’s larger than life. He’s not real. You’ve got Jason Bourne, who is far more complicated, but he’s cold and calculating. He doesn’t know his past. He doesn’t know who he is, and that’s what the draw to that guy is. He’s a ruthless killer, but he’s really cold behind the eyes. He’s not an every-man. And you’ve got Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible…very tech-savvy. It’s all about what we can have in the future and changing makeup and changing faces and things, and we buy into that fake reality. Again, a very larger than life character.”


“In the film, we see a man who is a father who is chasing after his daughter,” says Standen. “He wants to find his daughter. I’m a father. You don’t have to be a father to relate to this man. You want him to succeed, and when he trips and fails and falls down, you want him to get back up. And as an audience member, you’re pretty much pulling him up and forcing him through that door…he’s gotta find his daughter. Otherwise, there is no sense of humanity in the world. That’s why I’m interested in playing this character.

“He’s a well brought up man,” says Standen. “He loves women, but he’s just as scared of them. We can all relate to that, and I’d love to have this TV that we can watch a character every week and build with him and watch him learn from his mistakes, because I’ve got no interest in playing Liam Neeson’s character in the film. He’s the finished product. He’s this man with a particular set of skills. This is about how we acquires them, and I think it’s going to be a roller coaster of a ride with lots of ebbs and flows and twists and turns.”

In Taken Clive Standen is Green Beret Bryan Mills. He fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we’ve come to love from the Taken films.

“Monday nights are critical to our success,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “And we’re going strong into the rest of the season with the return of The Voice in February followed by the premiere of Taken, along with additional episodes of our great new series Timeless. We’re very happy to welcome Gwen Stefani back to The Voice, along with Blake, Adam, and our new coach Alicia Keys. And Taken is a thrilling new series inspired by the hit movie franchise but updated in a very clever way.”

Taken which will launch Monday, Feb. 27th, 2017 at 10pm. The series, starring international superstar Clive Standen, immediately follows the debut of the spring cycle of the three-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice.

Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCTaken. Twitter: @TakenNBC. Hashtag: #Taken

Taken Stars:

  • Clive Standen
  • Jennifer Beals
  • Gaius Charles
  • Brooklyn Sudano
  • Monique Gabriela Curnen
  • Michael Irby
  • James Landry Hébert
  • Jose Pablo Cantillo

A EuropaCorp TV production in association with Universal Television. Directed by Alex Graves, Romeo Tirone, Michael Offer, Tim Matheson, Clark Johnson, Lexi Alexander, Elodie Keene, Bill Johnson, and Holly Dale. Produced by Lena Cordina. Executive produced by Alexander Cary, Matthew Gross, Luc Besson, Edouard de Vésinne, and Thomas Anargyros.

NBC is an American commercial broadcast television network that is the flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.

Twitter: @nbc@TakenNBC@LiamNeesonActor@CliveStanden@jenniferbeals@GaiusCharles@BrooklynSudano, @MichaelIrby,  @JamesHebert@JP_Cantillo

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