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Frank Grillo Not Returning to ‘Purge’?

It’s hard to tell what’s what when it comes to celebrity press. What’s real or smokescreen, or what is a negotiating tactic?

Frank Grillo has become the staple of Universal Pictures’ The Purge franchise. While the introductory film was hugely disappointing, Grillo helped deliver a mean-street ’80s vibe to the excellent sequel, Anarchy. And even though this past summer’s Election Year wasn’t very good, it was still a huge box office success. Thus, Universal will continue to move forth, possibly with a television series. But will Grillo?

“It is what it is, but it’s great. It’s fun. After ‘Anarchy’, Universal called me and said, ‘You’ve got a franchise. We’re gonna continue with this, if you wanna do this.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, this is great!’ And so, when ‘Election Year’ was even more successful, they were like, ‘Let’s keep doing this!’ I was like, ‘Maybe. I think I might be done, but you should keep doing it!’ But, I love it!” Grillo told Collider. “[JamesDeMonaco, who wrote and directed all of them, reminds me a lot of (Kingdom creator/showrunner) Byron [Balasco], in the sense that he so understands the world he’s created that you just follow him. For an actor, that’s fun.”

If you were to remove Grillo from either Anarchy or Election Year, I’m not quite sure they’d be worth anything. He truly is the power behind both films and it’s going to be hard for Universal to find another actor of his caliber willing to jump into the fourth film of a franchise. I’m sure he knows this and it’s just a way for him to publicly say, “Pay me or no way.” Plus, if he does decide to return he’s a goddamn hero.

If only he had 24 hours to decide…



  • Cure4Humanity

    Wait, you honestly think Frank Grillo is what holds this series together? I’d have to disagree with you Brad. Just my opinion, but I believe it’s the world that was built with these films that keeps drawing people in more so than Frank.

    • WoodsboroKiller

      I agree. He’s a fine character, but it’s not as if losing him would mean an end to the series; he’s not James Bond. And how about a female lead to fill his shoes? Plenty of capable actresses out there.

      • J Jett

        WoodsboroKiller, i was thinking it would be great to have a female lead too (and hopefully not a CW Network/pretty with no substance type of actress)!

    • art123guy

      Yep. Grillo is more of a familiar face than what holds the movies together. It’s the thought that ordinary, everyday people can turn into monsters when they are allowed the chance.

    • BloodyDisgusted

      World building means nothing if you don’t have interesting characters.

  • Khy

    Meh, there’s an entire host of talented actors and actresses out there that would be a good match for the series. Grillo added a lot especially to Anarchy- but he is not the end all be all of the series. We need more new perspectives. The Purge should be bigger than one dude.

  • Trisha Tachanawa

    I don’t want him to come back for the next one. Get new characters to focus on.

    • Saturn

      I’d suggest Jason Statham, and set it in the UK – to show that The Purge has now become a global event….I suppose the obvious thing to do would to have it as a reality tv show.

  • ScriptGiverTJ

    He is so hot.

    • J Jett

      i agree 10000%. IMO he’s one of THE most gorgeous (and talented!) men to ever walk the earth. 🙂

  • J Jett

    i absolutely love Grillo and ANARCHY is one of my all time favorite movies in recent years and of course Grillo’s character was a big reason for that but the supporting(?) cast like Carmen Ejogo (Eva), Zoë Soul (Cali), Kiele Sanchez (Liz), etc. are also a big reason why i love that movie. as long as the director/producers cast really good actors/actresses in well written roles, i don’t think Grillo is a MUST for any more PURGE films. if he does return for the next film of course i’m happy with that but he’s not the end all for this franchise.

  • I’m the only one who prefers Election Year instead Anarchy?

  • Cody

    Grillo was great, but like the series itself, there’s so much more world and characters to examine. It sucks, but I don’t think it’s the worst thing that can happen to the series.

  • AriesSiren

    I love Frank Grillo, Drop dead gorgeous but honestly I think the series is fine without him. I personally think the first one is still the best and would love to see Lena heady come back

  • Matt C.

    Considering the way Election Year ended, they should just start making prequel movies about past Purge Nights. That way Grillo can leave the series, and they can introduce new characters.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    Wish Lena Headey would return.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Although I usually hate such things, this is the rare case where it seems like the movie MUST be a prequel. A movie about the very first Purge would be amazing.

  • KSE1977

    I enjoyed the first Purge and really enjoyed the Anarchy. I totally hated Election Year. Guess there is something for everybody, but given the ending of 3, I agree, the only way forward is backwards for this series. Not sure they thought things through with Election Year.

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