Frank Grillo didn’t have to look far to find a connection to his Wheelman character.
The actor opened up to PEOPLE about how being a father prepared him for his role as a getaway driver fighting for his family in the upcoming Netflix film.
“The things that make me saddest — when I got into my head — if anything were to happen to me and my wife were to have to go to my kids and say ‘Daddy’s gone,'” he said. “Worst thing I could imagine.”
Grillo has three kids: boys Remy, 20, Liam, 13 and Rio, 9.
In the film, the actor plays a father and ex-con who gets stuck in a dangerous situation as the getaway driver of a bank robbery gone wrong. After the job goes offroad (literally), his whole family is put in danger.
“Playing with her in the car, knowing it might be the last time I see her, it was emotional,” Grillo said of filming with his fictional teenage daughter. “I watched the movie that I’m in and I get emotional in that scene because it brings me back to my kids.”
Wheelman hits Netflix on Oct. 20.