The midlife crisis has hit male Hollywood stars hard. They turn 50 and want to prove that they can still be action heroes, that their bodies are the perfect, oiled weapon for murder. Liam Neeson was the master of this twist. With Oscars and dramatic and mythic roles in his career, he decided it was time to strike. Brad Pitt already landed some good punches in Fight Club and Mr. & Mrs. Smith when he was the hottie of the industry, but now in his 60s, he’s decided to star in his most violent, violent, and wicked film ever. It’s called Bullet Train and it has every chance of being one of this summer’s games.
His manager is David Leucht, the producer who revived the John Wick action films and who, as a director, showed his taste for hyper-vitamin pastiche in Atomic, Deadpool 2 or Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw. Here he adapts a Maria Zhuk novel full of lousy milk, irreverence and lots of gore. A film in which many assassins meet on a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka. Their stories will intersect in the limited setting of transport cars, spawning a series of wild action scenes, each one getting more exaggerated and violent. Pitt, who displays irony and charisma, is accompanied by the sly Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joe King, Bad Bunny, the voice of Sandra Bullock, and several cameos that shouldn’t be revealed.
Leucht was brought in with the script already written by his partner and producer Kelly McCormick, and as soon as he read it, it was clear he wanted to do it. He claims that they were “characters” and basically “Ladybug”, Brad Pitt’s character (and that he has an animal codename). “He is no ordinary hero. He goes on a hero’s journey but doesn’t really learn the lessons he should learn and I think the fact that we all try to solve our problems with self-help platitudes and end up missing the real message resonates. him”. says David Leicht.
While he defines himself as an “action comedy,” he says he likes to think that Bullet Train has its own “personal brand.” “There is something very personal about this film and I think it is the culmination of many years of filmmaking. There’s a bit of John Wick here, a bit of Atomic, a bit of Deadpool 2, a bit of Hobbs and Shaw… that directing experience brought me here, and Bullet Train I think has a taste of all the things I like,” he says.
The director once again bets on a film whose violence gives it an R rating in the US, which means under 17s must watch with an adult. It’s the same thing that has been in all of his work, and something that big productions try to avoid as their box office receipts tend to be more limited. Leucht admits that this decision needs to be carefully considered because “films with this rating usually don’t make that much money, and you need to strike a balance between business and art.” On this, he was clear: “I felt I couldn’t make this 13-year-old movie because it would lose all the irreverence it needed. We had to create this incredible world with incredible characters. They are killers and we have violence and humor and we didn’t want to tone it down. The script was so provocative that a toned down version would be wrong.”
A month ago, in the wake of the recent gunfights in the US, a large group of actresses, actors and directors signed a letter committing to rethink how movies show gun ownership and use. Leucht states that “shootings are a pandemic in the US.” “Artists need to think about how we influence culture and I think that as an artist you can positively and negatively influence the world. I think we should all be aware of this but I think this movie is funny and I think the action scenes are so exaggerated… plus the protagonist decides to never use a gun and I think there is also a statement of intent . “, ditch.
In a recent interview, Brad Pitt said that he believes he is in “the last phase of his career.” Many saw this as a hint of a possible retirement, but David Leucht believes that people “exaggerate what he said.” “I think he is at the peak of his career and talent and he just said that he is interested in taking advantage of the new chapter in his career and moving in that direction. I don’t think Brad will stop making films, he loves them too much and enjoys making them too much,” says the director.
Bullet Train is one of Sony’s summer box office cartridges, so David Leucht thinks about the economic bottom line and admits he always feels “box office pressure.” “Sony has been very brave in supporting this movie and making it into theaters and I think there should be more summer movies like this and not just sequels and comic book adaptations so I really appreciate that they went for it. This movie.” , tells.
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