Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace: Humor in 'Lockout' is appealing

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- What do you get when you mix "Die Hard" with "Escape From New York" and then set it in space? The new movie "Lockout," starring Guy Pearce ("Memento," "L.A. Confidential," "The Hurt Locker") and Maggie Grace ("Taken," "Lost," Knight and Day").

At first glance, "Lockout" looks like a hardcore sci-fi adventure. But if you take the trailers at face value, you'll miss out on a big part of the movie -- the comedy.

"The version of this character, the humorous version of this character ... was what I found really appealing," Pearce said. "It sort of harks back to the characters we've seen in the past who aren't so earnest in their ways."

The comedy was also a draw for Grace.

"It's so funny. It doesn't take itself too seriously," she said. "I would totally go see this on a date or something. It's like the movies I remember loving growing up. It's an action movie, but it's really unabashedly a good time.

"Also, Guy Pearce's character is such a jerk!" she continued with a laugh.

"Lockout" is rated PG-13 and is a relatively short 95 minutes.