But his return home isn't what he expected. He's been framed for the murder of a motorcycle gang leader's little brother and he's being chased by the FBI and a drug dealer who wants back a couple of motorcycles that Cary took off with.
With the help of a couple of buddies, Cary has to win back his love and convince everyone he's innocent.
MARTIN HENDERSON ('Cary Ford'):
How intimidating is it to go up against Ice Cube in a fight?
A little intimidating but luckily we had enough time to form a friendship prior to the actual shooting of the fight scene. The problem was more in the fact that I punched him in the face during the first run-through, by accident. But I dont think it fazed him.
He just brushed it off?
That doesnt say much for my fighting skills, does it? He was a really cool guy and he laughed it off, so it was cool.
How did you, Will Yun Lee and Jay Hernandez work on developing the onscreen friendship between your characters?
I think we were really lucky. I think its a matter of just lucky casting. They're all good guys I cant speak for myself, but the other two are extremely good guys. You cant say a bad word about either of those guys.
Was there any stunt they asked you to do that you simply couldnt pull off?
There were certain stunts that I wanted to do that they wouldnt let us do.
Like some of the crazier stunts, jumping through the windows of course, jumping on top of the train on a motorbike. We werent quite equipped to do that. But you see the actual free riding in and out of traffic and everything, thats all us.
I know you went through extensive training for your role, but what was the toughest thing for you to pull off?
I dont know. For the riding, I think it was just trying to have that ease, you know, on everything you did so there was never any kind of second-guessing yourself, or looking for the kickstand. It all had to be very automatic so that the audience really believed that we were doing all the things in the movie. I think we pulled it off.
And I heard you surprised the director with your accent.
I know, he thought I was an American (laughing). Good points to my dialect coach on that one.
How tough is it for you to do accents?
Its getting easier. I had a little trouble, to tell you the truth, with the American one. But as time went on, I just got more and more comfortable with it. Then eventually it stuck. It got too comfortable (laughing). I have a better American accent than my New Zealand accent. My family hates me about that.
Whats next for you?
I just got done doing a movie called Bride and Prejudice. Its an adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Its a Bollywood-style musical about an American man falling in love with an Indian girl, so its cross-cultural.
MONET MAZUR ('Shane'):
How difficult was it to film your big fight scene with Jaime Pressly?
We trained a lot and we rehearsed a lot together to make it real as possible, and to be able to do as much of it on our own as we could. And basically we were just beating each other up every day and having a good time doing it.
Was there a lot of wirework involved?
There was some. There was a lot of rigging, there was a lot of wires. Everyone made sure we were very safe all the time. There was a lot of stuff that was scary to do but we were well looked after so it was fun.
After you started filming, did you wonder what youd gotten yourself into?
Actually I said what the heck have I gotten myself into before we started filming (laughing). And then once we did it, I kind of just had to go with it. I became one of the boys.
Whats it like playing a tough girl?
Great. You get to be this like fantasy of what every girl kind of fantasizes being like, and take it to the furthest extreme that you can. It was fun. I got to put on boots and pants every day and go be a boy at work.
Was there anything you couldnt do that you were asked to do?
No, actually I was asking Joseph [Kahn] most of the time what I could do that he didnt want me to do, so it was more the opposite.