The untold truth of high-speed rail
2020 has been a tough year for everyone, Brad Pitt included. During the “Bullet Train” press tour, Pitt highlighted the film’s script as a source of optimism at an otherwise melancholy moment in history. “It was that time of the lockdown, I think after the summer, as we approached fall, it had been four or five months. People were going crazy,” Pitt recalled. “There was almost a feeling of depression, like a global depression in the air or something. I read this script…and I said, ‘This is the balm we need right now. . That’s what I want to see. So we started running, and we had to run pretty fast.”
On paper, “Bullet Train” hardly sounds like an uplifting morale booster. It’s violent, dark and vengeful. At its center, however, is a guiding line of mind and heart, courtesy of David Leitch’s direction that counteracts the film’s seemingly sinister surface.
As “Bullet Train” entered production, the pandemic was still going strong. Brian Tyree Henry discussed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly the level of trust required between cast and crew to follow COVID protocols and stay safe, even when they weren’t on set. With vaccines not yet widely distributed, any non-compliance resulting in a COVID outbreak could not only lead to production delays, but jeopardize the safety of others.