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Friday, July 1, 2022

The Man From Toronto Director Patrick Hughes Picks the Perfect Puke

Filmmaker Patrick Hughes’ breakout hit came in 2017 hitman’s bodyguard, an experience that not only served as a showcase for the comedic talents of Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, but also never pulled out their punches to deliver break-neck action sequences. With his latest film, man from torontoThe director enlists another pair of beloved comedic talents in Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, as Hughes walks the line of punches and pinches that land like a sledgehammer, honoring the spirit of cinema’s best action-comedy. continues to showcase his skills. man from toronto Debuts on Netflix on June 24.

In the film, a case of mistaken identity comes to the fore when a screwed-up sales consultant and the world’s deadliest killer – simply known as The Man from Toronto – run into each other at a holiday rental.

ComicBook.com caught up with Hughes to talk about developing the new film, collaborating with its stars, and what fans can expect from his upcoming film. raid,

(Photo: Sabrina Lantos/Netflix)

ComicBook.com: In the film’s opening moments, we see Kevin Hart as Teddy trying out his various workout products, trying to make a buck on the things he’s trying to sell. Before joining the entertainment industry, can you think of your worst job?

Patrick Hughes: Oh God. Dude, I had a lot of terrible jobs. I guess I counted, I think by the time I left film school, I had 27 jobs of various caliber. I think maybe one of the worst people I ever had was when I was a teenager, I used to work in a cafe, but Sundays were the worst because on Sundays, I had to peel the skin off pimples and I would say, that At the time, I probably experimented with drinking at a young age on Saturdays and then, doing so for four hours on Sunday mornings when I was hungry, it’s a stroke. This is the trauma I personally need to work through and deal with at some point in my life.

It’s a weekday afternoon and the thought of peeling a chicken skin isn’t pleasant, so I can only imagine, after a few drinks at night, how miserable it would be. Well, congratulations. Look how far you have come after all these years.


I know Kevin was involved from the start and this project has been in the works for a few years now, can you talk a little bit about how Woody got involved? Was that your first choice? How did you know that “Toronto guy” was perfect, if you will?

Kevin was hovering over the project and then I chatted with him and we really hit it off, immediately hit it, and realized that we had put the development in, we were both aligned on that we were going to do the film. where you can take

And then we had a really weird situation where we did the whole film in Atlanta and then when I got engaged with Woody and started that conversation, and then we got laid off because of COVID. We just shut down for six months and then started again and, as a director, it’s quite painful because half the heavy lifting is in pre-production where you’re closing all your locations and building sets. And doing and working everything else, your schedule and your budget. We originally had to redo it in Toronto, but that was also a blessing because it gave us more time to develop the script and we did two rounds of pre-production on one film.

When it comes to comedic elements, dialogue and jokes, when you have guys like Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, there’s some room for improvement to try a few different things to get the timing right and the chemistry right. Is. But with larger action pieces, there isn’t always as much wiggle room because it’s, “No, don’t go to your left because you might get crushed by something, go to your right as planned.” Once you had Kevin and Woody on board, was there an evolution after you started working with them that was on the page to fit their physical prowess a little differently?

They are screen icons in their own right and you’d be a fool if you didn’t include… I have a very collaborative environment which I love on set and during pre-production. The norm is that I have in-person interactions with all the actors during the pre-production process and it’s not until you’re on set there that day and you all stand together and you’re in action. Say and now you’re making a movie, but you have all those personal thoughts that bounce back and forth and then, it’s about dude/action-comedy. It’s like I don’t know if the on-screen dynamic will work unless they’re physically standing in front of each other in front of the camera and you say “action” and, thank goodness, they did. I mean, their chemistry is off the charts.

And then it’s really just a very open, collaborative environment where I’m going to have ideas in between and Kevin will have ideas and Woody has ideas and we have the script that we’ve developed, that’s our sandbox. And then as you progress through the story, you’re starting to find other moments of comedy in their performances or in the physicality that actor brings. It is certainly an evolutionary process that occurs.

When you’re actually on set, looking back, who wasted more? Was it Kevin adding more than one punchline and making Woody laugh or was it Woody laughing the whole time?

I’ll be totally honest with you, okay? 99% of the time, I’m the worst offender. It’s me cracking up too much and, it often happens that they have to take my monitor away from the actors and I’m like that kid in school who is in trouble who has to sit in the corner. I’ve been in situations where he’s put me outside studio doors and locked them, but I’d say, I’m calling him out. Woody. Woody was cracking up more than anyone.

We had this one sequence where Kevin Hart’s character, Teddy, is put in a terrible situation because he doesn’t like blood or violence and he has an adverse reaction to them and it makes him feel sick and he has The scene is where he throws . That scene was – I’m breaking down thinking about it. Which was incredibly difficult to shoot. It was really tough. And it was really hard for Kevin. I would say it took us about 30 to get there because Kevin kept laughing and because he had fake vomit in his mouth the second he would start laughing, it would start coming out and we would have to reset the vomit.

Also, here’s a funny story. You’re directing a big Hollywood action-comedy movie and you’re living your dream and then in pre-production, someone comes up to you and says, “Oh, the art department needs you to go and meet them. because you have to choose which vomit you want to use,” and I go to the art department and they find eight different types of vomit in these different jars and I get the color, the texture, how much chunk versus how much liquid. Have to choose. That’s where you stand and you stop and you’re just, “I’m a big adult. What am I doing with my life? This is ridiculous.” It’s like, how do you explain that job to your kids? you could not. It’s just ridiculous.

I’m sure moments like this, that’s where you look back and think, “Now, what was I feeling when I was tearing off the skin of chickens several moons ago? It’s when I hit the bathroom afterwards.” What did it look like?”

I always think that when your kids go, “Dad, what did you do today?” You’re like, “I can’t even explain this to you.”

Now I can’t help but wonder, do you remember what was included in the winning combination? What was it about the vomit that was most authentic?

Well, my point was that these were hot Cheetos things he was eating, and then I was like, “Well, vomit needs texture and color because that’s going to be the first thing that comes out.” So for me, it was like, we have to color this thing, but, look, if anyone wants to know, it’s cold soup from a can with food dye.

Then that talks the whole crafting process because, once you shoot, you have a whole color-grading process where you don’t want to lose that bright, hot-cheetah puke color.

This is the art of directing.

What resonates is that these two characters learn from each other and they both take those lessons out of this adventure. For you as a filmmaker, is there any great thing that you had in particular that you are now going to be able to take with you, be it professionally or just personally in your daily life? ?

It was a really challenging experience to shoot. We were all closed and it was really, really hard and it was like, as a project director, it’s like six months where you’re alone and you need to mingle or integrate with the outside world. not allowed. Literally on a weekend with something for me to do, I was allowed to go and roam around a nature reserve by myself.

It turned out to be a very isolating experience, but I would also say that it is probably one of the most personal growth I have ever had because it is really challenging. You couldn’t have family, you couldn’t have friends, you couldn’t see your kids, you couldn’t see loved ones and it was incredibly hard for everyone because I know Kevin’s just having a baby was. I mean, he watched that kid for 24 hours and then he stuck with us abroad.

But one of the things I was very grateful for was just the crew that we had in Canada. They are a lot of fun, and are incredible performers. It really felt like this wonderful group experience of, “Well, this is social interaction. It’s the only social interaction we’re allowed that we’re living inside this bubble of,” and for Kevin and Woody, it was. It’s so much fun on the sets and they’re both giving a lot and it just felt like hanging out, like even in the middle. Everyone was just walking around and sharing stories and laughing and I think you can see it on screen, to be honest.

I can imagine how much fun it is for all you guys with Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson to be trapped in a COVID bubble, I think there are worse stories than you can hear.


with this movie hitman’s bodyguard chain, you’re flexing your humor and your action sensibilities and coming to your raid On the horizon, Joe, the humor isn’t really baked into the original movies. I was wondering if there’s anything you could talk about, like your approach to that film and how it’s going to find a balance of respecting the original, while still being its own separate thing?

It’s not a remake, it’s a reimagining and it’s getting so incredibly crazy with that hook. It’s a very gritty, real world in that. Stepping straight into an action-thriller, but it’s on that saga level and it’s a project I’m really excited about. I’m not allowed to say, but this is something where we’re really at… I’m excited because I’ve done a great deal of doing action comedy and I love that genre and I’m definitely going to in the future. To make it work again, but for now, I have two projects and the other is a big action, sci-fi, horror, thriller, survival, epic movie. I want to venture into a few different genres for a while and then I will definitely be back in action comedy as it is also a lot of fun to work in.

I know it won’t be a comedy but now I can’t help but picture you raid With Woody Harrelson to star.

I would love to work with Woody again and he really is a very beautiful person. Above all, I think it’s part of the journey to work in Hollywood, just to find people who really shine as beautiful people. You can’t help but align with him and want to project with him in the future and he is definitely one of them.

I feel like I could talk to you about the color of vomit and the joys of Woody Harrelson for a while, but I know you have other people to talk to, so I let you go.

Oh man, thanks a lot. I think one day it will be my biography, “The Color of Vomit.”

man from toronto Premieres on Netflix on June 24.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. you can contact Patrick Cavanaugh directly on Twitter,

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