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Chad Michael Collins in ‘Sniper’ Redux, ‘Company of Heroes”

Chad Michael Collins reports it’ll be an April or May production start in Colombia for the sequel to his hit “Sniper: Reloaded” with Billy Zane. “Billy is directing this one,” he adds. “We’ll be out in the South American jungles, going after bad guys.”

Collins has just seen the DVD/BluRay video release of the latest in his popular “Company of Heroes” franchise for Sony. The WWII movie also stars Tom Sizemore, Vinnie Jones, Jurgen Prochnow and Neal McDonaugh. “There are plans for at least another two, and I’m really excited about it. It’s a great thing to have as an actor,” he notes.

That’s in spite of the grueling demands of the productions. It was a very physical shoot, it really gave you a sense of what these soldiers did for months and years at a time before the day of waterproof gear and Gortex — stuff that keeps you warm and protected. We were up in the mountains for the first eight days in two and a half feet of snow. It was below freezing every single day, and the boots weren’t waterproof. It’s basically like you were wearing cotton towels, and once they got wet in that first hour, you were basically stuck with it for the next 14. Luckily, there was no gangrene, no hypothermia though a couple of us came close,” he says with a smile. “We made it out alive.”

Askedwhether he was concerned about working with Tom Sizemore, given the other actor’s troubled past of arrests, rehabs, etc., Collins told us he made a point of keeping an open mind, and found Sizemore to be “just great. It was me and Tom – we worked together every day. I love learning things from theseveteran actors.”

‘Sniper: Reloaded’ Star Collins Thanks Mom & Dad For Berenger-esque Looks

Chad Michael Collins

Chad Michael Collins credits his parents for his casting as the lead of “Sniper: Reloaded.”  The folks provided (among other things, of course) just the right DNA for Collins to resemble the young Tom Berenger.

“I did a film for Sony, ‘Lake Placid 2,'” explains the handsome actor, “and when the producer wanted to get a reboot of the ‘Sniper’ franchise up, he kept me in mind.  He said, ‘Chad has such a physical likeness to Tom Berenger, we could use him for an origin story.”

The thought, initially, was to have Collins in flashback scenes as Berenger’s character during the Vietnam War.  Later, plans shifted toward a new contemporary story instead, with Collins playing the estranged son of Berenger’s character from the 1990s’ “Sniper” films — and Billy Zane back as his partner, Richard Miller.  The actioner, being released on DVD and Blu-Ray today  (4/26) by Sony, has Collins as a Marine leading a UN peace-keeping mission in war-torn Congo — a mission that goes harrowingly wrong, and forces him into reluctantly using his innate gift for marksmanship.

The film is “wide open” for a sequel, according to Collins, and “me and Billy are both excited to entertain the idea.”  A fan of the original movies, he also enjoys entertaining the idea of a possible encounter with Berenger at some point, but for now his attention is on the first movie.

They shot in South Africa over five weeks, in a “a really majestic location,” Collins says.  “The wildlife was incredible.”  His role  was extremely physical — lots of “running, jumping, fighting, shooting guns and clawing through dirt” as he puts it.  But that suited Collins just fine.  He recently guested on “CSI: Miami” as an Ultimate Fighting Champion, and looked the part.