Brad Pitt’s New Action Movie Was Originally Very Different, Says His Co-Star
Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train was originally a dark and vicious action movie before becoming a comedy, according to co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
High-speed train was originally very different, according to star Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The actor is best known for his roles in several comic book films, including the title character of Kick ass and its 2013 sequel, as well as Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Taylor-Johnson will also debut as famed big game hunter Sergei Kravinoff, aka Kraven the Hunter, in Sony’s upcoming film. Spider Man spin-off film, and it delivered some of its best performances outside of franchise fare, such as in nocturnal animals.
From director David Leitch and writer Zak Olkewicz, High-speed train is an upcoming action-comedy starring Brad Pitt as an aging assassin who boards the titular locomotive in order to retrieve a briefcase. Based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by Kōtarō Isaka (which was published in English as High-speed train), the film boasts an impressive supporting cast that includes Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Zazie Beetz, and Taylor-Johnson, all of whom play opposite assassins aboard the train. Based on High-speed train trailer, it appears to be a fun action flick designed to lure audiences into theaters this summer, but according to one of its stars, that’s not how it was originally conceived.
In a conversation with Andrew Garfield for HERO MagazineTaylor-Johnson has revealed surprising details about the making of High-speed train. Originally the film was deleted for being a “dark action piece, R-rated, viciouse,” according to Taylor-Johnson, and it wasn’t until the film was made that it turned into a fun comedy. High-speed train star had to say below:
This thing was originally a pretty dark, R-rated, vicious action piece, but we put it together and made it fun. I don’t know what happened, but it became a comedy!
During the chat, Taylor-Johnson actually credited her co-star, Brian Tyree Henry, for fostering the comedic atmosphere on the High-speed train set, which was filmed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Henry recently starred in Marvel’s Eternalsalthough it has demonstrated its immense reach across Godzilla vs. Kong, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseand the FX series Atlanta. Now he and his co-stars will be able to showcase their comedic chops on High-speed train.
Leitch was once a stuntman himself and is credited with redefining the hardcore action movie genre with the John Wick series. At High-speed train, he reportedly urged Pitt to perform 95% of his own stunts. All this does not sound like the recipe for a comedy. In fact, the title itself conjures up images of snowdrops. While High-speed train may have originally had more in common with Bong Joon-ho’s film, it’s shaping up to be a much more fun and light-hearted time at the box office.
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Source: HERO Magazine
- Bullet Train (2022)Release date: July 15, 2022
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