Seven small-time killers board a Japanese train to settle scores: welcome aboard bullettrain, an action comedy starring a Brad Pitt eager to laugh at himself.
bullet train opens next week with the ambition of becoming one of the successes of the boreal season, in a film sector that needs box office to recover from the crisis of the covid-19.
The film is directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde) and features a roster of young stars, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry and Puerto Rican rapper BadBunny.
“It’s an action comedy, and for me it’s much more fun than the usual hits because it’s full of humor” explained Brad Pitt (58 years old) in an interview with the press in a Parisian hotel.
“It is clearly designed for the movie theater, to generate that contagious laugh when you are in a group, wanting to have a good time,” he added.
Pitt plays Ladybug, a hitman coming off a bad season, obsessed with his lousy luck.
Ladybug “is the king of fools, everything goes wrong”Pitt explained with a smile to reporters.
The film abounds in fights in the style of Jackie Chan, a comic version martial arts star to whom Pitt is especially devoted.
“I don’t have enough words to praise all that (Chan) has done” for comic film, he added.
A shooting with airs of therapy
Director, David Leitchis thoroughly used to combine all the ingredients of the cocktail.
Leitch is an old acquaintance of Pitt’s. For years he was his double for risk scenes in films like Fight Club either Troy.
“The camaraderie already existed, and that trust was renewed in terms of direction“, explained Leitch in the meeting with the journalists.
Brad Pitt “knows all my work, and that gave me the confidence to direct it,” he added.
The tape was shot during the pandemic, when Japan was still confined, forcing alternatives to be sought.
“We couldn’t travel to Tokyo. It was an especially dark time for all of us,” Pitt recalled.
The solution was to reproduce in a studio three high-speed train cars that cover the Tokyo-Kyoto line.
In the windows of these cars, images of the journey parade at high speed, reproduced on high-definition screens.
“Those three cars felt like twelve. And those screens gave the movie a fun pop feel,” Leitch said.
“It was like therapy. We were lucky enough to leave our perspective bubbles, to get into this bubble we created to kick our asses,” actor Brian Tyree Henry explained with a smile.
Brian Tyree Henry forms an unlikely duo with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Lemon and Tangerine, two gangsters and stepbrothers who are not lucky on this trip either.
“David (Leitch) immediately knows what he wants to see (on screen),” he added. “His experience of the stunt world, and the fact that he’s a fan of that world, that gives the film a lot more legitimacy,” he added.
The British Aaron Taylor Johnson He has played John Lennon in Nowhere Boyto a Russian prince in Anna Kareninashot in 2012, or a superhero in Kraven, a new Marvel production that will be released shortly.
“When I get to the studio and I feel insecure about what I’m doing, that’s when I feel like I’m testing myself,” he told reporters in Paris.
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