‘Stander’ digs deep at bash

South African actioner unspools

At Tuesday’s after-bow bash for “Stander,” Thomas Jane told Daily Variety that he’d turned down the role twice, reluctant to master Andre Stander’s South African accent and dig to extreme emotional depths required. But, Jane said at the Hollywood & Vine restaurant, “I wrestled with Andre and lost.”

Helmer Bronwen Hughes expressed no such reluctance.

“I waited a long time to find a project I could sink my teeth into this deep,” said Hughes about the intense political drama-cum-bank-heist actioner set in 1970-’80s South Africa.

Joining Jane at the preem were Newmarket’s Bob Berney, scribe Bima Stagg, producer Julia Verdin, Seven Arts topper Peter Hoffman, and guests including Patricia Arquette, Stewart Copeland, Seymour Cassel, Isaiah Washington and “The Punisher” helmer Jonathan Hensleigh.

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