Having not appeared in a leading role for almost three years, Brad Pitt’s finally back on the big screen – and his latest actioner is one for the ages. The actor leads Bullet Train, directed by Deadpool 2’s David Leitch, in which five rival assassins chase after a MacGuffin briefcase on a Japanese Shinkansen traveling at 300kph. One of those assassins is played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
“I Get to Go Toe-to-Toe with Brad,” he tells Total Film in the new issue, featuring Thor: Love and Thunder on the cover. “As everyone does. We can take a nice piece of the pie. Everybody gets a nice piece of the pie. He pauses. “Thankfully I didn’t accidentally punch the most beautiful man in the world in the face.”
While the assassins may be fighting Pitt’s character Ladybird, the movie’s not simply a thriller or action flick or murder mystery or even a comedy. It’s all those things and, as Leitch puts it, “an irreverent commentary on fate.”
“When you’re one of those tentpole movies, action is the cornerstone,” he continues. “You already know Ethan Hunt was there, you have to figure out a bigger set-piece. They’re awesome, but that’s what they need.” Bullet Train, meanwhile, is fresh, irreverent, anarchic, not yet hemmed in rules or templates.In today’s Hollywood, original IP is rare and should be celebrated.
“I think this can [compete], “Leitch says.” We need to fight as creatives to have an original IP out in the theater. I love superhero movies, and I’ve directed them – Deadpool 2, and arguably Hobbs & Shaw because the Fast world is almost a superhero franchise at this point – but people are ready for new ideas. I think audiences are hungry for it. And we can do it with the right ideas and the right stars and the right studio support, for sure. “
Bullet Train opens August 3 in the UK and August 5 in the US. For more from the movie’s cast – including Pitt – and director, check out the new issue of Total Film (opens in new tab)available now on physical and digitally shelves (opens in new tab).
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